Barbecue connoisseurs set to deplane on Ayden

May 18, 2018 - bbq set

AYDEN — Feeling hungry? This weekend offers a ideal eventuality to dive into some ’cue.

The third annual Kings of Q BBQ Competition and Festival is Friday and Saturday in downtown Ayden. Forty teams from as distant divided as Pennsylvania will deplane on Ayden to ready chicken, pig ribs, pig shoulder and beef brisket for 60 Kansas City Barbeque Society approved judges.

The eventuality celebrates Ayden’s griddle birthright with a Kansas City spin in hopes of sketch a large throng to start a summer off right — even yet it’s approaching to sleet a bit this weekend.


“A lot of people like barbecue, and they’ll transport to see it,” said festival authority Stephen Smith. “We wanted to do something a small different. Everybody does whole hog, so we motionless to demeanour into Kansas City style.”

Each group will be judged on 4 opposite forms of meat: Chicken, pig ribs, pig shoulder and beef brisket. The name Kings of Q was selected to respect Ayden’s story as a whole sow griddle capital.

“The name is profitable loyalty to a bequest of griddle here between a Dennis and Jones families. That’s where a name came from,” Smith said.

The Dennis family owns Bum’s Restaurant and a Jones family owns Skylight Inn and Sam Jones Whole Hog Barbecue in Winterville.

“Both of those families are unequivocally active in assisting us put (the festival) together,” Smith said. “Both Sam (Jones) and Mr. Bum (Dennis) attend a Cook’s Meeting on Friday.” The competitors go to Skylight Inn for cooking Friday and to Bum’s for lunch on Saturday. Then both group attend a awards rite to assistance palm out awards to a winners.

The initial year, a foe had 30 teams. This year, there are 40 teams from as distant divided as Pennsylvania. Fifteen teams are new this year.

“(We) get a good pull since whoever wins is automatically competent for a American Royal World Series,” Smith said. “(Teams) also get entered into a sketch to go to a Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational … There’s a lot of a line, so we get a lot of interest.”

Festival president Donna Robinson pronounced a festival is about some-more than griddle eating — a teams are here to be judged and visitors can attend in a judging by a People’s Choice award.


A $10 sheet gets a holders 2-ounce selections from 10 teams of their choice. Tickets are accessible starting 11 a.m. Saturday during Ayden Christian Church, 462 Second St. Tickets, that lift supports for a church, are first-come, first-serve and sell out quickly, according to Robinson. 

Redneck Scientific, a group from Clayton, won a pretension of Grand Champion a final dual years, and Grillin’ Thyme, a group from Winterville, won People’s Choice a final dual years. Both teams are returning this year.

“We unequivocally wish to three-peat in Ayden. It’s some-more for bragging rights with a barbeque friends and family,” pronounced Mark Davies of Grillin’ Thyme. “People’s Choice shows a peers that we prepare for a people and not usually a judges.”

Davies loves to contest in Ayden for dual reasons.

“First, we live 5 mins divided in Winterville, and secondly, we wish a griddle family from all over a nation to knowledge a liberality of eastern North Carolina,” he said.

Rich and Kim Green of Little Creek Bar-b-Que will be competing for a third year. They transport down from Pennsylvania. “The people of Ayden are because we come,” Kim said. “Everyone is so welcoming. … They take caring of a competitors like we’re family.”

They have done lifelong friends in Ayden during a foe and will continue to come as prolonged as a festival is held, she said.

In further to a camaraderie, teams transport from all over a eastern brink for a prizes. The Grand Champion receives $2,000 and a Reserve Grand Champion receives $1,000. Ten teams in any difficulty will accept prizes trimming from $500 to $50.

The festival is enlivening visitors to massage elbows and speak with group member with a scavenger hunt that offers a possibility to win an Oklahoma Joe’s Longhorn Grill, a colourless and gas griddle and smoker all-in-one valued during over $500.

To participate, visitors can stop by Ayden Christian Church between 4 p.m. Friday 3 p.m. Saturday for “scan-veger hunt” sheets. Then they can wander by BBQ Village, speak to prepare teams and hunt for QR Codes to indicate on their phones.

Once a visitors have found 20 codes, they can lapse to a church to spin in their form and be entered in a raffle. The leader will be announced during 5 p.m. on a West Avenue Stage.

Provided a continue cooperates, there will also be a accumulation of food and qualification vendors, according to Robinson. In addition, there will be entertainment rides on West Avenue and Second Street.

“Saturday will be Wristband Day,” Smith said, explaining attendees will be means to float all day with a squeeze of a $25 wristband. “We routinely have Wristband Night on Friday, though that usually gives we about 4 hours. Wristband Day gives we a lot some-more time. You can come out in a morning and ride. Then go home and come behind after to float some more.”

The Times-Leader serves southern Pitt County including Ayden, Grifton and Winterville.



4-11 p.m.

• Rides, Vendors, and Crafts open

• Beer Garden: Cindirene’s, 559 Third St.

• Self-Guided Tour of BBQ Village

7-10 p.m.

• Hip Pocket performs on a West Avenue Stage


8-11 p.m.

• Rides, vendors and crafts West Avenue, Second Street and Ayden Christian Church

• Self-Guided Tour of BBQ Village. Watch a prepare teams in action.

11 a.m.

• People’s Choice Voting begins, tickets at Ayden Christian Church, 462 Second St.

Noon-11 p.m.

• Beer Garden: Cindirene’s, 559 Third St.

Noon to 5 p.m.

• Live music, several artists, West Avenue Stage

1-6 p.m.

• Car Cruise, East Avenue between N.C. 102 and Second Street

5 p.m.

• “Kings of Q” Awards Ceremony, West Avenue Stage

7-10 p.m.

• Bryan Mayer performs, West Avenue Stage

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