The History

Produced by the City of Mauldin, the annual festival is a showcase of the heritage of our community, from its food to its music.

The Mauldin BBQ Cook-off features more than 20 cookers from all over the Southeast, competing to bring the best BBQ to Mauldin. The festival opens Friday night with our Anything Butt competition, where Participating Cookers serve anything BUTT their BBQ to pique your tastebuds. Sliders, grilled chicken, smoked cobbler—the only way to know what’s cooking is to come try it for yourself.

Saturday features the main event, a BBQ Cook-off competition with a panel of certified BBQ Tasters from the South Carolina Barbeque Association. The public will also have a chance to cast their vote for the best BBQ and the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Paired with live music and family fun, this can’t-miss festival is the perfect pig-out.

Due to COVID-19

PLEASE NOTE: The continuation of the 2020 Mauldin BBQ Cook-off as scheduled will depend on the City of Mauldin’s ongoing evaluation of the COVID-19 epidemic. Should it be unsafe to hold this event, it may be cancelled or postponed. We will post an announcement on this page and our social media if there are any changes to the schedule.

The Scoop

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General Info


Want to know what to expect before you get here? Download our printable guide for this event! Plus, A few notes to make your visit a smooth one:

  • Lawn chairs and/or blankets are welcome at the outdoor amphitheater.
  • Outside food and beverages are prohibited. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site.
  • Attendees must be age 21+ to consume alcohol. An ID and wristband ($1) will be required.
  • Dogs are allowed on leash. Please carry disposable bags to pick up any pet droppings.
  • Smoking, skateboards, and bicycles are not allowed at this event.


6 p.m.  |  Festival Opens (Anything Butt Competition)*
6 p.m.  |  Kids Zone Opens
6 p.m.  | Live Music by TBD
9 p.m.  |  Festival Closes

*Note: Food is served only while supplies last.


11 a.m.  |  Festival Opens (BBQ Cook-Off)*
11 a.m.  |  Kids Zone Opens
11:30 a.m.  | Live Music by TBD
2:30 p.m.  |  Winners Announced & Pint Sales Open
3 p.m.  |  Festival Closes

*Note: Food is served only while supplies last.

The Blood Connection will be on-site from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. All donors will receive a Walmart Gift Card.

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Admission, parking, live music, and kids zone are all free – you only have to pay to eat and drink!


Food Tickets | $1 each
Friday Food Items | 1-5 Tickets


Tasting Passes | $10 each
Note: One tasting pass has ten samples, and allows one vote for People’s Choice. Each sample is 2 oz. of pulled pork.


Drink Tickets | $1 each
Soft Drinks / Water | 1 ticket each
Beer / Wine | 4-5 tickets each

At the end of the event, any remaining pulled pork will be brought to a single tent and sold by the half-pint. So if you’re looking for some extra ‘cue to take home, you’ll have to stick around!

*prices subject to change

Directions & Parking

This event is located at the Outdoor Amphitheater behind the Mauldin Cultural Center at 101 E Butler Rd, Mauldin, SC 29662.


We recommend parking at the following locations:

Mauldin Cultural Center – 101 East Butler Road

Mauldin City Hall – 5 East Butler Road

Mauldin Sports Center – 10 City Center Drive

Mauldin United Methodist Church – 100 East Butler Road



Friday | Anything Butt Competition


Friday, September 18, 2020  |  6 – 9 p.m.

To get the Cookers warmed up, we kick off with an “Anything Butt” competition! Participating Cookers will serve a dish/item of their choosing to pique your tastebuds. Everything is on the table with this competition – everything BUT their BBQ.  Sliders? Maybe. Grilled Vegetable Medley? Why not. Grilled Chicken? Sounds good. Smoked Cobbler? Now we’re talking.

Food will be available from 6 p.m. until it runs out. Our panel of guest judges will pick their favorite item and give them a special award during Saturday’s award ceremony!

All food is served while supplies last!

  • All items are priced $2-5/serving.  BBQ Teams set their own price.
  • Items may contain certain allergens (nuts, wheat products, milk, etc). Check with each Team before purchasing.
  • Pace yourself! Almost every BBQ Team participates, so there is a lot of food to sample!
  • Teams can only accept event tickets.  Tickets can be purchased at one of the Ticket Booths.
  • Tickets purchased for Anything Butt on Friday are NOT valid for Saturday’s BBQ Cook-Off.

Other vendors

Saturday | Mauldin BBQ Cook-off


Saturday, September 19, 2020  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The main event takes place all day on Saturday. Pick up a Tasting Pass (or a few) and pig out! Tasting Passes allow you to sample pulled pork from the cookers of your choosing (each taste is 2 oz. of pure pork goodness). Remember to vote for your favorite — the Cooker who wins “People’s Choice” receives a special prize!

This event is judged by the SC BBQ Association. Awards are presented at 2:30 p.m. For more about the BBQ Cook-off (rules, specific information, and awards) click here.

All food is served while supplies last!

  • $10 – (1) Tasting Pass (10 samples)
  • $1-5 Drinks (soft drinks / water / beer / wine)
  • Tickets cannot be used for tastings on Saturday, only for beverages.

Other vendors



Music and BBQ go together like…well, music and BBQ.  All performances are free of charge and will be held in the Mauldin Cultural Center’s Outdoor Amphitheater right on the festival grounds. Bring your lawn chair and blankets to relax, digest, and enjoy the music!  Remember — outside food and beverages are prohibited, and this is a smoke-free event.

Friday | TBD

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 |  6:00 p.m.



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Saturday | TBD

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020  |  11:30 a.m



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Kids Zone


The Kids Zone is open Friday and Saturday. All activities are FREE!

Inflatable Rides

Face Painting & Balloon Twisting

Sidewalk Chalk


Milk Bottle Toss hosted by Boy Scouts Pack 715

Scavenger Hunt hosted by Sprouts Farmers Market (Saturday only)

Cotton Candy and Fun by Take Heart Church 

Trivia and Prize Wheel by Greenville Library, Mauldin Branch (Saturday only)



Thank you to our 2019 sponsors and vendors:

portfolio_thesandbandStage Sponsor | Great Southern Homes

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TBC_logo_main The Blood Connection will be on-site from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. All donors will receive a Walmart Gift Card. Sign up today!

Other vendors

Be a Sponsor


This weekend event brings more than 2,000 attendees to the Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheatre. Depending on your sponsorship level, you could be earning $47K+ in media presence, brand recognition at events, complimentary tasting passes and beverages, and reserved parking by sponsoring the Sooie. BBQ Cook-off. Check out our various sponsorship levels below.

Download the sponsorship packet here.

Presenting Sponsor | $10,000 | 1 Available

  • Company banner displayed at festival – provided by sponsor
  • Company logo on marketing materials and tasting pass
  • Complimentary tasting passes, beverages, and wristbands for ten (10)
  • Vendor and swag opportunity at event – materials and setup provided by sponsor

Stage Sponsor | $5,000 | 1 Available

  • Company banner displayed at festival – provided by sponsor
  • Company logo on marketing materials
  • Complimentary tasting passes, beverages, and wristbands for eight (8)

Anything Butt Sponsor | $3,000 | 1 Available

  • Company logo or listed on marketing materials
  • Complimentary tasting passes, beverages, and wristbands for six (6)

Supporting Sponsor | $1,000 | Unlimited

  • Company listed as sponsor on marketing materials
  • Complimentary tasting passes, beverages, and wristbands for two (2)

Interested? Drop us a line at [email protected]pay your sponsorship online, or call us at 864.335.4862.

Download the sponsorship packet here.




We have plenty of opportunities for you or your group to volunteer at this year’s BBQ Cook-Off.  Volunteers are needed both Friday and Saturday. Volunteers who work receive a free dinner plate Friday night or a free tasting pass on Saturday.

Each shift is two and a half hours, but feel free to sign up for multiple shifts.

Just a few rules/regulations:

  • Volunteers must check-in with our volunteer coordinator 10-15 minutes prior to shifts.
  • Volunteers must be high school age or older. Middle school students may partner with a parent/adult to volunteer.
  • Volunteers should bring a can-do attitude and some room for ‘cue in their bellies.

Want to volunteer? Sign up today! — Coming soon!



EVENT DATE: Friday, September 18 & Saturday, September 19, 2020

Only 30 BBQ Team slots are open this year. The event is sanctioned, and judged by the SC BBQ Association, and will award cash prizes to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th places.  Teams are required to participate in Friday’s “Anything Butt” competition and showcase their non-BBQ skills (as well as give our lovely guests something to chow down on).

A $125 registration fee is REQUIRED and due for each team at the time of application. The fee is non-refundable for accepted Teams. The City of Mauldin reserves the right to reject any registration. If for some reason, your registration is denied, you will receive a full refund. If for some reason, you cancel after your registration has been received, accepted, and processed, you will be issued a refund if and only if the Event Coordinators can fill the empty slot with another cook team.


The registration period has been extended through June 30, 2020. Sign up below!


Review the Rules & Policies form below, then download and complete the registration packet. As soon as you’re ready, submit it along with the $125 registration fee (check, cash or money order ONLY please) to Mary Jane Parks at [email protected] or PO Box 249, Mauldin, SC 29662.

Rules & Policies | Registration Packet

2020 Prizes

Check out our prizes for 2020:

  • 1st – $3,000
  • 2nd – $2,000
  • 3rd – $1,500
  • 4th – $1,000
  • 5th – $500
  • Anything Butt – Free 2021 Registration
  • People’s Choice – Free 2021 Registration