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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.


The Scoop

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General Info

GENERAL INFO

Want to know what to expect before you get here? Download our event guide here!

  • 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 will be required. Wristbands may be obtained at the ticket tents.
  • 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.
Schedule
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2022

6 p.m.  |  Festival Opens (Anything Butt Competition)*
6 p.m.  |  Kids Zone Opens
6 p.m.  | Live Music – Song Band
9 p.m.  |  Festival Closes

*Note: Food is served only while supplies last.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2022

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Blood Drive Begins 1484858698_facebook (Donors get a $20 e-gift card and a free SOOIE. tasting pass.)
11 a.m.  |  Festival Opens (BBQ Cook-Off)*
11 a.m.  |  Kids Zone Opens
11 a.m.  | Music – DJ T. Thunder
2:30 p.m.  |  Winners Announced
3 p.m.  |  Festival Closes

*Note: Food is served only while supplies last.

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Pricing

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

FRIDAY ONLY

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

SATURDAY ONLY

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.

ALL WEEKEND

Beverages provided by Growler Haus. *Note- we will not be selling drink tickets this year, all beverage purchases will be made directly at the beverage tent with cash/card.
Soft Drinks / Water | $1
Beer / Wine | $4-5

*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.

ALL PARKING IS FREE

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


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THE FOOD

Friday | Anything Butt Competition

ANYTHING BUTT COMPETITION

Friday, September 16, 2022  |  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! 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

Youngs BBQKona IceCrave CookiesChocolate ArtworksSmoked Sauce Co. • Fresh Squeezed Lemonade


Saturday | Mauldin BBQ Cook-off

BBQ COOK-OFF

Saturday, September 17, 2022  |  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.

Other vendors

Youngs BBQKona IceCrave CookiesChocolate ArtworksSmoked Sauce Co. • Fresh Squeezed Lemonade


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MUSIC

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 | Song Band

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 |  6:00 p.m.

Song Band will be bringing music to the stage on Friday! On an especially warm summer night, a group of church musicians ignited an impromptu jam session. Song was born, and the rest is history! The longtime friends and collaborators combine vast musical experiences to create a sound all their own. Song Band is a collective of talented, dedicated and professional musicians who are determined to make your event special and a phenomenal success! They are well versed in jazz, pop, blues, soul, rock and of course, gospel!


Saturday | DJ T. Thunder

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021  |  11:00 a.m

DJ T Thunder specializes in events for any occasion – from weddings to family reunions to corporate events, he crafts the perfect music for your guests to enjoy.


Kids Zone

KIDS ZONE

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

Face Painting by LouLouMooShu

Balloon Twisting by The Charming Balloon (Saturday Only)
Inflatables
Kids Activities with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits


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SPONSORS AND VENDORS


Thank you to our 2022 sponsors:


ANYTHING BUTT SPONSOR

Sponsor: The Greenville News


SUPPORTING SPONSOR

Sponsor: Swamp Rabbits


OTHER VENDORS

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Blood Drive on Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Donors get a $20 e-gift card and a free SOOIE. tasting pass. 

Castillo Mobile Cigar Lounge (Friday Only)

Youngs BBQKona IceCrave CookiesChocolate ArtworksSmoked Sauce Co. • Fresh Squeezed Lemonade


Be a Sponsor
2022 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

This weekend event brings more than 2,000 attendees to the Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheater. Depending on your sponsorship level, you could be earning $40K+ in media presence, brand recognition at events, and complimentary tasting passes and beverages by sponsoring the Sooie. BBQ Cook-off. Check out our various sponsorship levels below.

Check back for information on our 2022 Sponsorship opportunities.


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 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 for eight (8)

Anything Butt Sponsor | $3,000 | 1 Available

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

Supporting Sponsor | $1,000 | Unlimited

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

Interested? Drop us a line at [email protected] or call us at 864.335.4862.


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VOLUNTEER

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.

Just a few rules/regulations:

  • Please sign up for only one position per timeframe, as you can only do one job at a time. Each shift is around three hours, but feel free to sign up for multiple shifts.
  • Volunteers must be high school age or older. Some positions are only for those age 18+ or 21+. 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!

Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and tickets for food on Friday or a tasting pass on Saturday.

Volunteer Registration Form

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2022 TEAM REGISTRATION

EVENT DATE: Friday, September 16 & Saturday, September 17, 2022

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.

REGISTRATION FOR 2022 IS NOW CLOSED

Cooker Packet 


2022 Prizes

Check out our prizes for 2022:

  • 1st – $2,500
  • 2nd – $2,000
  • 3rd – $1,500
  • 4th – $1,000
  • 5th – $500
  • Anything Butt – Free 2023 Registration
  • People’s Choice – Free 2023 Registration

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2022 WINNERS

Full scores are available on the South Carolina Barbeque Association’s website

ANYTHING BUTT – SAVORY:

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FFITS BBQ


ANYTHING BUTT – SWEET:

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The Hog Mafia


BRISKET | 2ND PLACE:

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Atta Boy BBQ


THE TONY LINDSEY BRISKET AWARD | 1ST PLACE:

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Casual Smokers


RIBS | 5TH PLACE:

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Tail-Gater Hater


RIBS | 4TH PLACE:

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Casual Smokers


RIBS | 3RD PLACE:

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Piggy Finns BBQ


RIBS | 2ND PLACE:

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Monkey Bottom Boys


RIBS | 1ST PLACE:

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High on the Hog BBQ


GABE HUNTER PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:

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Atta Boy BBQ


BBQ COOK-OFF | 5TH PLACE:

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Tail-Gater Hater


BBQ COOK-OFF | 4TH PLACE:

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Piggy Fins BBQ


BBQ COOK-OFF | 3RD PLACE:

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FFITS BBQ


BBQ COOK-OFF | 2ND PLACE:

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Casual Smokers


BBQ COOK-OFF | 1ST PLACE:

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High on the Hog BBQ