Central Brevard Sharing Center
Amateur Backyard BBQ Contest Rules

Welcome and thank you for participating in the Central Brevard Amateur Backyard BBQ
Competition. Know that your hard work and love of BBQ will benefit the Sharing Center’s
Children’s Weekend Feeding Program, by providing food to children in need while school is out.


  1. This is a BBQ contest for amateur cookers.   Participating BBQ Cook Teams will be judged by a panel of judges for First and Second Place Trophies.   BBQ Teams will be providing BBQ samples for the people attending this event.  Each ticketed person attending this event will vote for their choice of The Best BBQ.  The winning BBQ Team will be awarded the People’s Choice Award Banner for the best BBQ.

  2.  Entry Teams must pre-register to compete. Competition is limited, so register early. The entry fee is $125.00 to enter the contest in the categories of beef, chicken and pork.  This is a ticketed event competition and each team is required to participate in the public sampling portion of this event.  Each team will bring and prepare minimum required meat for event outlined in the event registration.

  3.  Applications will be accepted starting January 01, 2018. No refunds will be made after March 20, 2018 regardless of reason.

  4. All cooker information, including acceptance into contest, will be sent via email. Should your email change at any time, it is your responsibility to notify the Competition Committee.

  5.  Persons 18 years and older are eligible to compete in the Central Brevard Amateur Backyard BBQ Competition.

  6. Cooking grills and associated support equipment will be assigned to their predetermined sites. Sites will be assigned at 5 PM on Friday, April 6, 2018; Teams will pick their site based upon order of when application and payment are received.

  7.  Set-up may begin after 5 p.m. on Friday, April 6.  Vehicles may enter the BBQ area for unloading/Loading during the cooking process, but must be removed from the cooking area by 9:00 a.m. Saturday, to keep area clear for foot traffic and event parking.  Competitor’s sites must be cleaned and vacated by 6 PM April 7, 2018.

  8.  Meat must be inspected before cooking. Meat inspections will be conducted prior to initiating any cooking or prep process.  All Meat must be raw, non-marinated and in original packaging.

  9. Cook teams are responsible for refrigeration of meat before it’s cooked.

  10. Holding temperature must be 40 degrees or less.

  11. All cooked meat must be maintained at a minimum temperature of 140 degrees.

  12. All BBQ meat will be served to the public by the cook teams as samples starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 7.
  13. Forks, napkins and soufflé cups will be provided for the sample portion of the event.

  14.  Any type of grill is permissible - wood, gas, charcoal or pellets. Electrical smokers are not recommended due to the lack of additional electrical power.

  15.  A MANDATORY Cooks’ Meeting will be held Friday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. Competitors will be advised of the location. Meeting will cover rules and judging procedures. A representative from each team must be present at the meeting.

  16. The Head Cook will be responsible for the conduct of his/her team and guests.

  17. Contestants judged entrees must be submitted in the Styrofoam boxes (9”x9”) provided by the competition committee. Each box must contain at least seven identifiable pieces, with no garnish or decorations. Numbers will be assigned at the time of submission.

  18.  Contest turn in times are, Chicken -12:30 p.m. and Pork 1:30 p.m.  Entrees may be turned in five minutes before until five minutes after each turn-in time to be judged.

  19. Entrees are judged for Appearance, Taste, and Tenderness.

  20. Each ticketed attendee to the event will have an opportunity to vote for the best BBQ team. Each team will be provided a ballot box for the event.  Voting will stop at 3:00 p.m. and awarded at trophy presentation.   

  21. Each BBQ Team will provide one eight (8) ft table at cooking site to serve BBQ samples  to the public. 

  22.  Each team will provide all necessary and required heating equipment and utensils for the public samples of prepared meat.  Notify event committee if assistance is needed prior to the event. 

  23. Water and cleaning stations are available in the pavilion kitchen.

  24. No outside drinks will be sold by vendors.

  25.  Absolutely NO pets are allowed.

  26. Safety of this event is paramount! Any unsafe acts or safety issues identified by the BBQ Event Committee may cause removal from the event.

  27. No commercial vending or solicitation allowed in the event area. Vendor spaces are available- contact BBQ event staff for information.

  28. No outside distribution of alcoholic beverages are permitted during the event. Under no circumstances are teams to distribute alcoholic beverages to the public.

  29. The distribution of any flyers, or pamphlets of any kind, without prior approval from the BBQ Committee Director is not permitted.

  30.  Awards will be announced at 4:30 PM. Judges Trophies for first and second place will be awarded to teams competing in each category for chicken and pork.  A People’s Choice Winners Banner will be awarded to the top voted team.


Note:  Event rules may be modified and/or changed at the discretion of the BBQ Committee.



Home - BBQ Rules - Sponsors - Volunteer - About Us - Map - FAQ's

Contact Us

Central Brevard Sharing Center, Inc. Copyright © 2018