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The Dueling Pigs BBQ Challenge, a fundraising event for SAWs® Virginia, is destined to become an annual, regional, family-friendly event with something for everyone. The Revolutionary War theme is a play on when dueling sometimes settled differences of opinion.

But the difference of opinion of who has the best pulled pork will be settled by a panel of Honorary Judges and People’s Choice of up to 12 local contestants from across Virginia. Hosted by Highmark Brewery, judging will occur from Noon to 3:00 PM. 

There will be live music, vendors and activities for the kids. Also, Highmark Brewery will be giving 20% off ticket holders’ beer tab.

The competition is open to any business or individual team located solely in Virginia. No franchises will be allowed. But if you're a "backyarder" this is your event! Contestants will compete on pulled pork only but you can sell whatever else comes off your grill. Whether you win or not, you will introduce folks to just how good you are and maybe win some new customers instead! 


  • No entry fee for contestants

  • Honorary Judges will sample at 11:00.

  • Judging will begin at 12 P.M. and end at 3 P.M.

  • First place $1000; Second place $500; Third place $250. First place receives a traveling plaque for 1 year.

  • Guests (except children under 5) will receive COLORED TASTING TICKETS AND 1 RED ticket for voting upon entering.

  • Each contestant will receive a jar to collect red, voting tickets, only.

  • The jars will be collected at 3 P.M. for counting.

  • The winner will be announced from the stage at 3:30 P.M.

  • 1-ounce samples of pulled pork for judging - containers provided

  • Precook or finish cooking on site

  • No bottled, branded, or commercial sauces (unless made by the contestant)

  • All contestants receive a cedar display trophy - win or not

  • Be prepared to sell food products for which you will retain all proceeds

  • No beverages may be sold by contestants

  • Collecting & reporting of the 5% VA Sales Tax is the responsibility of the contestant

  • Program listing with logo (if provided)

  • Multimedia announcement with link to your website if available

  • Send registration to SAWs Virginia, P.O. Box 41208, Fredericksburg, VA 22404

  • Registration closes March 25, 2023, or the first 12 entrants.

  • Contestants must provide their own materials to operate.

  • No power will be available or provided.

  • Set-up may begin at 4 P.M. on April 14th, complete by 9 A.M. April 15th.

  • Contestants meeting at 11:00 A.M.

  • No tables, chairs, or assistance are provided.

  • Trash containers will be placed near food trucks. 

  • Trucks and pop ups allowed (one location per contestant). No RV parking allowed.

  • Provide a ‘tasting table’, or area, for samples only (manned by a SAWs volunteer) 

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  • Food trucks should have a current and valid Mobile Unit Permit in the State of Virginia.

  • If you are using a 20 lb. propane tank, and you have not been inspected by the Stafford County Fire Marshal, please visit Stafford County, VA ( to determine if you need a permit.

  • Any food vendor who does not possess a valid Mobile Unit Permit, or is not a permitted restaurant serving food, will have to fill out and submit a Temporary Food Establishment Application at least 20 days prior to the start of this event.

  • Please submit application and $40 fee to Frances Whitney (, or fax it to (540)288-9239, Attention: Frances.

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