January 28, 2016


Competition Overview

Coolray Field has long been associated with special events since its opening in 2009.  Formerly known as Gwinnett Stadium, this 10,427-seat minor league baseball park in Lawrenceville, Georgia is the home field of the Gwinnett Stripers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Having worked with so many great organizations on so many wonderful events, Coolray Field is now taking on the world of competition BBQ.

The 3rd Annual “Sip & Swine” BBQ Competition is a fully sanctioned national event with the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS).  It will feature two days of Barbeque competition within a large competitor and vendor village located in the parking facilities of Coolray Field.  There will be numerous options for food and refreshments, live music performances, and will provide an overall family friendly, casual and fun atmosphere.

Competition categories include Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork, and Beef Brisket.  The Backyard teams will compete in all categories barring Beef Brisket.  Only the Professional Teams, who are competing in all of the barbecue categories, are eligible for Grand Champion or Reserve Grand champion awards.

Teams are also required to compete in the People’s Choice Competition for the public Saturday at 11:30am. See Full Schedule

All of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Home of Hope @ Gwinnett Children’s Shelter:

Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter

3850 Tuggle Rd NE
Buford, GA 30519
(678) 546-8770

Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter

The Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter is a private, non-profit 501(c)3, faith-based residential care facility that provides both long and short-term services to homeless children (0-17), with their single mothers who are in need of care in a loving and nurturing environment.

They provide services to children of every race, creed, color, and religion, providing an opportunity for the children to attend public schools, develop self-esteem, and experience trusting relationships with peers and adults. Their programs focuses on enhancing each child’s ability to function successfully in society with attention to accountability and safety.

They also develop customized life plans for the mothers with a results-driven program to end the cycle of homelessness for that family. Their core services are under the supervision of licensed therapists and supported by a team of Life Coaches and Resident Advisors. The Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS)

KCBS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, and is the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts, with over 15,000 members worldwide.

KSBS sanctions over 400 barbeque contests coast-to-coast throughout America.  From volunteering to actual event production, its members offer assistance to civic and charitable organizations who organize events.

KCBS serves as a clearing house of barbeque information which provides:

  • Networking with related trade associations and other contest-sanctions organizations
  • Tracking trends in barbeque related products and equipment
  • Teaming up with other food organizations and the media to promote barbeque

With KCBS’s library and extensive archive of barbeque related articles, they offer educational programs, consultation services, and civic organization presentations to help promote barbeque as America’s Favorite Cuisine.