Because North Carolina is so enthusiastic about its barbecue, it has been made an annual event at the North Carolina Blueberry Festival. The festival’s Whole Hog BBQ Cook-off has been sanctioned by the North Carolina Pork Council and its Whole Hog Barbecue Series. Pigs will be cooked by many local contestants, along with champion cookers from across North Carolina, where they will compete to be named the 16th Annual NC Blueberry Festival Barbecue Champs! Contestants are judged on the taste of their barbecue and sauce it is served with it. The pigs may be cooked with wood, charcoal, or gas. Cooking begins on the Thursday before the festival, June 13th, and judging will begin on Friday, June 14th at 5:00pm. After the cook-off is over, the meat is served at the festival as BBQ sandwiches or BBQ by the pound.
You will find this to be the most popular meal at the festival!!
Festival proceeds are used to provide academic scholarships to deserving, college-bound seniors in the blueberry producing counties of Bladen, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender, and Sampson. The festival is held each third Saturday in June on the Courthouse Square in Historic Downtown Burgaw, NC.