Ohio Smoked Meat & BBQ Festival

Date(s) - October 19, 2018 - October 20, 2018
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Click here for 2018 application papers and here to follow the website for up-to-date changes.

The “Ohio Smoked Meat and Barbeque Festival” originated in 1996 as the first official state of Ohio championship for smoked meat and BBQ, proclaimed by the governor of Ohio. The competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

For 11 years the competition was organized by Hocking College and the Inn at Hocking College. Many great years of barbecue excellence occurred at Hocking College, along with fun and friendship.

Photo courtesy of Ohio Smoked Meat & BBQ Festival

The Ohio Smoked Meat and Barbecue Festival took a great turn in 2008! The Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce stepped forward to organize and lead this Ohio classic of barbecue. Not only was there a new organizer but a new competition area. The competition moved from the fields of Hocking College to the streets of downtown Nelsonville , Ohio, and the historic Public Square and arts district. 2008 was a year that renewed the BARBECUE SPIRIT in Nelsonville.

BBQ is back on the Public Square in Nelsonville, Ohio October 20 & 21, 2017. Check out Nelsonville and experience Ohio Barbecue at its finest.

Cabo Wabo and Cabo Wabo Tequila have finalized a sponsorship with The Ohio Meat and BBQ Festival. There will be an additional two events for Friday’s festivities:

The first will be the Margarita Masters CaboRita competition.  Create your own special and unique margarita using Cabo Wabo Tequlia.

The second will be a Cabo Infused Grilled recipe competition.  Wow us with your own grilled recipe that uses Cabo Wabo Tequila.

Both of these will be open to all contestants.  The cost will be $35 and will allow you to enter both Cabo sponsored contests.  Each team will be provided one bottle of Cabo Wabo Blanco to use in the contest.  The head cook of each team must be at least 21 years of age.  First Prize for each category will be $250!

Nelsonville's Historic Public Square