Event Information for the Sip & Swine BBQ Festival
March 1-2, 2024 // Coolray Field, Lawrenceville, Georgia
See our past teams, competition results from previous years, and register online today to be either a Pro Team or a Backyard Team.
100% of proceeds from the Sip & Swine BBQ Festival go to benefit The Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter and the people they care for.
The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) is dedicated to the promotion & enjoyment of BBQ with over 16,000 members across the globe!
At the Sip & Swine BBQ Festival, competition is broken into 2 fields: Pro & Backyard. Are you a serious competitor? Do you travel for competitions? Are you a member of KCBS? Then it sounds like you're a Pro! Or, if you just like to get together with friends, family, or coworkers, do a little barbequing with your signature sauce, then our Backyard competition should be just for you.
Competition categories at the Sip & Swine BBQ Festival 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.
Competition Full Schedule
THURSDAY, February 29th
12-8:00 PM Early Setup
FRIDAY, March 1st
9am-TBD Meat Inspection Begins
3:00 PM Open to Public, Music Begins
4:00 PM Cooks Meeting
9:00 PM Event Ends for the Day
11:00 PM Quiet Hours Begin
SATURDAY, March 2nd
7:00 AM Quiet Hours End
10:00 AM Judges Sign-In
11:00 AM Judges Meeting, Event Opens to Public
11-12 PM Live Music,TBD
12:00 PM Chicken Turn-In (Pros/Backyard)
12:15-1:45 PM Live Music,TBD
12:30 PM Rib Turn-In (Pros/Backyard)
1:00 PM Pork Turn-In (Pros/Backyard)
1:30 PM Brisket Turn-In (Pros Only)
2-3:30 PM Live Music,TBD
3:45-5 PM Live Music,TBD
5:00 PM Awards Ceremony
6:00 PM Event Ends
Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter
The Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter is a private, non-profit 501©3 residential care facility that provides both long and short-term services to homeless children (0-17) and their young moms who find themselves in a homeless situation.
Our transitional program moves children and mothers from homeless to hopeful into a home of their own. We serve children and mothers by setting them on a path to independence while keeping the family unit together. Our program develops customized life plans for mothers that include mandatory employment, family savings goals, and life skills classes which will teach her how to maintain her household upon completion of our program. Our children’s needs are met by first giving them a homelike environment where by are safe and loved and free to be kids. We make sure they have their emotional, educational and physical needs met and then we watch them blossom.
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 16,000 members worldwide.
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.