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The 12th Annual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down will be held on October 11 & 12 at the Helen P. Gay Historic Rocky Mount Train Station. The event is a professional cooking competition based on KCBS categories (chicken, pork ribs, pork, & beef brisket). Awards included Grand Champion, Reserved Grand Champion, and People’s Choice Award. Cash awards, trophies, and plaques are awarded up to 10th place in each category.


Friday, October 11: 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, October 12: 11:30 am – 6:00 pm


101 Coastline Street in Downtown Rocky Mount, in front of the Helen P. Gay Historic Rocky Mount Train Station

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11  (5:00-8:00PM)

Beer Garden, Food Vendors, Kids Zone

Kick Off Concert (BBQ Stage)

  • 6pm-7:30pm: Smithfield


Food Vendors/Commercial Vendors/Exhibitors/Kids Zone/Rocky Mount Public Utilities Exhibit Area/Live Music

  • 1:30-3:30pm: People’s Choice voting and samples (BBQ Bucks will go on sale at 1pm)
  • 10:45am-11:30am: Hogs and Hot Rods Cruise-In registration
  • 11:30am-3:00pm: Hogs and Hot Rods Cruise-In voting

BBQ Stage (Train Station Common)

  • 11:30am-1:00pm: Bill Lyerly Band
  • 1:45-3:00pm: The Conspiracy Band
  • 3:30: Hogs and Hot Rods Awards
  • 3:45-5:00pm: Rhythm Express Band
  • 5:00pm: BBQ Award Ceremony


Rocky Mount Parks & Recreation

Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down

P.O. Box 1180

Rocky Mount, NC 27802




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