Awards & Sponsorships

The Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down® is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) and their representatives will be present. The contest consists of four KCBS categories (chicken, pork ribs, pork & beef brisket) which are required entry in order to qualify for the Grand Championship. Prizes are also awarded in individual categories. Optional category is the People’s Choice. There is $20,000 in cash prizes with 53 opportunities to win.


The 2016 Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down® trophies were designed and created by Ian Kessler-Gowell. The trophies are hand blown glass on a marble base and are being commissioned specially for this event. Ian holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked with glass artist Rick Sherbert in Maryland. He is an artist focusing on functional glass design, lighting and sculptural forms. More information about Ian can be found at his website.


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