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Get ready for our Fall events!

With Fall here we have two events for all you cookers out there.

Smoke on the WaterThe first is October 21 – 22 at Smoke On The Water, held in Washington, NC on the waterfront. It benefits a variety of local initiatives including the Beaufort County Red Cross, the Boys & Girls Club and the Cancer Center, Ruth’s House, the Blind Center, and more.

Smoke on the Water has a BBQ Contest, dragon boat races, chili cook off and a car & truck show. There’s lots to see and do for the whole family.

logoThe second competition is When Pigs Fly on November 11-12, held in Fayetteville, NC at Festival Park. It benefits Communities In Schools of Cumberland County.  When Pigs Fly proceeds allow CIS to hire motivated professionals to work in our schools to help at-risk children show up on time, stay in school, develop self-esteem and succeed in life.

At this competition we are CBL_VIP4also hosting The CAROLINA BBQ LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP VIP EXPERIENCE. Designed for hardcore barbecue fanatics and provides a once-in-a-lifetime barbecue opportunity. It’s a hands-on cooking school, a competition and a behind-the-scenes experience all rolled into one! Be sure to contact us if you’re interested in joining us for this premier event.

Championship VIP Experience


  • Always wanted to know how to cook a whole hog?
  • Want to learn the tricks of the trade used by competition pitmasters?
  • Want to experience being a member of a championship barbecue competition team?

If so, you are invited to join the Carolina BBQ League for the

Championship VIP Experience.

Alex Ranucci, championship pitmaster, teaching a class on whole hog cooking.

You will be drafted to serve as a member of a cook team and get the full competition experience. Your pitmaster, a championship North Carolina barbecue competitor, will guide you through the process of preparing, smoking and presenting a whole hog entry. Teams will compete against each other and the winning team will be named The Championship VIP Experience Grand Champion.

This is the ultimate cooking class and competition workshop rolled into one.

The event will take place on November 11 and 12 at When Pigs Fly in  Fayetteville, North Carolina The number of participants is limited. Please email Justin at if you are interested.


  • $275 – Non Carolina BBQ League Members – includes a one year CBL Membership

  • $210 – Carolina BBQ League Members

  • $60 – Spouses – includes a one year CBL Membership

You get to taste the succulent pork you have cooked all night.
Kevin Kuruc, championship pitmaster, teaching a class on whole hog.