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9th Annual 2024 at the Sip & Swine BBQ Festival

KidsQ // March 2nd, 2024 // Coolray Field, Lawrenceville, Georgia

KidsQ Event Info

Calling all aspiring young chefs and mini Pitmasters! This competition is just for those under age 16.

KidsQ Age Groups

Our Kids Q Competition is broken down into 2 age groups, 6-10 and 11-15, and have their own guidelines.

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The Kid's Q competition will take place immediately after the Professional teams on Saturday and has a $25 entry fee.

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Kid's Q Event Details

Are you an aspiring chef or a Mini Pitmaster who loves to help cook at home? Are you under the age of 16, but would love to try your skills in the world of competitive food sport? Then Kid's Q is right for you!

Kid's Q is a "Chef's Choice" style cook where kids, under the age of 16, are provided one main protein and they are tasked with the exciting job of creating a dish for official judging. The protein will be ground beef and all entries must be large enough for 6 samples. Judges will cut entries into the necessary number of samples if individual samples are not provided). Kids may use garnish in their turn-in box, but it is not required.

There are two cooking categories offered, based on age ranges, and the competition will take place on Saturday immediately following the Professional BBQ Team turn-in times. The Kid's Q competition will take place in the Kid's Q Corral, and turn-ins will be at 3:00 pm at the judge's tent. There is an entry fee of $25 for each Kid's Q team. Please see the information below for what is provided and what to bring as well as the rules for each age group.

Contest Rules


  • Meat - 1 lb package of ground beef
  • Disposable cutting boards for each participant
  • Disposable gloves for each participant
  • Designated prep table to be shared with 1 other team
  • Turn-in box
  • Charcoal available if needed


  • Any additional ingredients, spices, and sauces to complete your entry (can include additional protein)
  • Garnish for your turn-in box if using
  • All cooking utensils
  • Hot gloves/hot pads for handling anything hot
  • Cleaning materials (paper towel or cleaning wipes)
  • Grill or cooking vessel *if you need assistance getting a grill to the site, please contact the organizer*

Kid's Q Prizes

Prizes will be awarded following the judging at the festival. All participants will be recognized.

Kid's Q Age Groups

We will feature 2 different Kid's Q age brackets for those ages between 6-10 and 11-15.


Ages 6-10
  • Must have 1 adult in the cooking area at all times
  • The adult can assist with any "dangerous" tasks to include putting meat on the grill and removing the meat, knife work, and anything else that the kid is not comfortable with
  • Adults are encouraged to cook with their children and enjoy the process, but please make sure that the child is making final decisions on recipes, processes, and boxing.
  • Teams/adults are responsible for disposing of any ash or gray water from their cook site


Ages 11-15
  • Must have 1 adult in the cooking area at all times
  • The pitmaster is responsible for all aspects of their cook, but if they feel a task is "dangerous" they can seek the help of their adult assistant.
  • Adults are encouraged to support their children and enjoy the process, but the pitmaster should do the majority of the work.
  • Teams/adults are responsible for disposing of any ask or gray water from their cook site.

Any questions and concerns?

Contact our Kid's Q Organizer, Cindy Lloyd by email at or by phone/text at 404.683.0022

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