150 Ayer Rd.
Harvard, MA 01451
at Jct of Rt 2 and Rt 110/111

BBQ Contest

BBQ Featured Contest Events

  • Harvard Fall Festivals 7th annual KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Contest

  • Expanded People's Choice contests


BBQ COOK information/Registration
BBQ Contest Team and Judge  Registration

Cook's Package Updated Aug 5

 See this  year's Contest Results!

See this year's registered teams


The BBQ Cookoff at the Harvard Fall Festival has become a regular stop for BBQ teams  from the Northeast and beyond competing for (and winning) top honors at the national level at BBQ contests such as the American Royal in Kansas City (the“World Series” of competition BBQ) and the Jack Daniels Invitational in Memphis among others. Our contest was proclaimed a State Championship contest by proclamation from Governor Deval Patrick in 2008 so each year, the winning team from Harvard has the opportunity to compete at the American Royal in Kansas City.

Not only can these New England teams really cook, they have been giving those good old boys down south a real run for the money for years now. I-Que and Smokin’ Hoggz, both Harvard competitors, have taken the Grand Championship at the Jack Daniels contest.

The weekend BBQ contests include two competitive events; the NEBS grilling contest – with turn-in and judging from 2-4 on Saturday, and the KCBS contest, with turn-in and judging from 12-2 on Sunday. Aside from those times, visitors are encouraged to visit the BBQ camp area and talk with the teams; they are passionate about their cooking and a great bunch of people to hang out with. Unfortunately, the teams are not here to sell their BBQ (prohibited in MA). But you can sample their cooking (and vote for your favorite) during our two people’s choice contests held at Noon in the People’s Choice Tent on Saturday and Sunday. The Harvard Lions food tent will also be selling delicious BBQ throughout the weekend. So plan to spend some time in the BBQ camp, meet a few new friends, and sample some tasty BBQ at the Harvard Fall Festival this year!


Watch for additional details at www.harvardfallfestival.com






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