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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 People’s Choice judging of up to 20 local pit masters from across Virginia. Hosted by Highmark Brewery, judging will occur from Noon to 3:00 PM. In addition to lots of barbecue, there will be music provided by popular local musicians and live entertainers.

The competition is open to any business or individual team located solely in Virginia. No franchises or professional “road warriors” will be allowed. Contestants will compete on pulled pork only but 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! 

Here are the details
  • Peoples’ Choice judging will begin at 12 PM and end at 3 PM

  • Each guest (except children under 5) will receive 1 red ticket for voting when they enter at the gate.

  • Each contestant will receive a jar to collect tickets.

  • The jars will be collected at 3 PM for counting.

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

  • Winner receives $500 cash prize and traveling trophy for 1 year

  • Minimum 1-ounce samples of pulled pork

  • Precook or finish cooking on site

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

  • Contestants meeting at 11:00 AM

  • All contestants receive a cedar display trophy win or not

  • Contestants retain all proceeds from any food product sales

  • No beverages may be sold by contestants

  • Trucks and stands allowed (one location per contestant)

  • Hook ups limited

  • Set up must be complete by 9:00 AM the day of the event

  • No RV parking on brewery grounds

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

  • No entry fee for contestants

  • Program listing with logo if provided

  • Facebook and Instagram announcement with link to your website if available

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

  • Registration closes March 25, 2022, or the first 20 entrants.

  • For more information, email