Welcome to Downtown Ayden and The “Kings of Q” BBQ Cook-off & Festival. We look forward to having you in Ayden on May 19-20, 2017.
The contest is named in honor of the two local “Kings of Q”, Latham “Bum” Dennis and the late Pete Jones. Both families run a successful BBQ restaurant and share family history as being descendants of Skilton Dennis.
The Dennis family history stakes claim to the nation’s first commercial barbecue establishment. In 1830, Skilton Dennis is said to have started selling pit cooked hog meat and cornbread out of a wagon in a community named Otter Town, the present town of Ayden. The Dennis clan is said to pass “that ‘gift’ with barbecue” from generation to generation.
Bum’s Restaurant, 566 Third Street, serves country-style food including fried chicken, whole hog BBQ, and a buffet table of freshly prepared vegetable sides like: cabbage, stewed rutabaga, black eyed peas, boiled potatoes, and collards—grown in Bum’s own garden, and the best banana pudding around. Bum’s is located one block to the east of the BBQ Village.
The Skylight Inn, 4618 South Lee Street, is a recipient of a James Beard Award and known for their pit cooked whole hog BBQ. They have received a lot of media coverage over the past decade becoming one of the “Must Visit” BBQ Joints in the country. The Skylight Inn is located about 0.8 miles south of the BBQ Village.
Our BBQ Competition is a sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) event. KCBS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 19,000 members worldwide.
Contest Number: 7091
KCBS Reps: Mike Thompson, Judy Thompson
Prize Money: $10,000.
The “Kings of Q” BBQ Cook-off is a North Carolina State Championship sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS). KCBS representatives will be onsite. Judging starts at noon on Saturday, May 20, 2017, using the blind judging system. The contest consists of four categories (chicken, pork ribs, pork, and beef brisket). All four categories are required for Grand Champion and the Reserve Champion.
Check-in, Cooks Meeting, Judging, and People’s Choice will be held at Ayden Christian Church (DOC) 462 Second Street, located in the center of the BBQ Village. The Village encompasses an area dedicated to the contest located within a 2 block radius of the church.
The festival and awards stage are located 2 blocks to the east on West Avenue along the railroad tracks. Awards will be presented Saturday afternoon at 5:00PM from the main stage on West Avenue. If there is inclement weather, the awards will be held in the Family Life Center of Ayden Christian Church.
Check-in: Friday, May 19, 2017 from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
GPS address is: 462 Second Street, Ayden, NC.
Prior to the competition the Head Cook will receive several emails with updated information of the contest and festival activities. The week before the competition an email will be sent providing check-in information, a location map, and directions. Event direction signs will installed along major thoroughfares directing cook teams to the check-in area.
Early Arrival/Extended Stay:
Teams are welcome to arrive on Thursday after 1:00PM and leave on Sunday. Water and power will be provided. Please indicate this on the application or contact Stephen Smith one (1) week before the contest at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 252-481-5828.
Make plans now to stay and enjoy the Saturday night festivities including a band on the main stage. The amusements rides will be operating until 11:00PM.