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The History

2020 was our 10-year anniversary for the Mauldin BBQ Cook-off, but unfortunately COVID-19 put a hitch in our celebration plans. So this year might be our 11th year, but we’ve decided to make it our 10-year-not-10-year celebration – the 10th+1 Annual SOOIE. Mauldin BBQ Cook-off!

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 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.
Schedule

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

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

*Note: Food is served only while supplies last.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

11 a.m.  |  Festival Opens (BBQ Cook-Off)*
11 a.m.  |  Kids Zone Opens
11:30 a.m.  | DJ – Will Gladden with LEVEL Digital Media Entertainment
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

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

*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 17, 2021  |  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

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Saturday | Mauldin BBQ Cook-off

BBQ COOK-OFF

Saturday, September 18, 2021  |  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

TBA




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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 | The Vinyl Junkies

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 |  6:00 p.m.

The Vinyl Junkies Band is fueled by their passion for making music, entertaining crowds and creating an unforgettable experience. The Vinyl Junkies play popular favorites from Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and Black-Eyed Peas to Chaka Khan, Santana and Stevie Wonder. Their premium brass section can rock the house on huge band hits like Chicago and Tower of Power. Their talented and professional musicians come from a variety of backgrounds, having performed or recorded with major label and international artists such as Lady A, Darius Rucker and Mothers Finest; session work on film industry soundtracks such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Men in Black; and stage theatre around the U.S.



Saturday | Will Gladden with LEVEL DME

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021  |  11:00 a.m

This year we’re switching up Saturday’s music and hiring a DJ to entertain you during your pig out! Will Gladden, founder of LEVEL Digital Music Entertainment, will provide music for the day, as well as help announce the winners of this year’s Mauldin BBQ Cook-off.

Will Gladden has been providing DJ Services at special events for more than 12 years. After college and graduate school, he pursued a DJ business of his own, and now provides service with a full top-of-the-line setup! Gladden has provided DJ services to an abundance of special events (indoor and outdoor) including, but not limited to weddings, city-wide events, school dances, class reunions, sporting and fitness events, grand openings, and so much more.



Kids Zone

KIDS ZONE

The Kids Zone is open Friday and Saturday. All activities are FREE! 2021 Kids Zone coming soon.



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SPONSORS AND VENDORS


Be a Sponsor

2021 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.

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.

 

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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. Volunteers who work receive free food tickets Friday night or a free tasting pass on Saturday.

Each shift is around three 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. Some positions are only for those age 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.

Click here to volunteer for the 2021 BBQ Cook-off!


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TEAM REGISTRATION

EVENT DATE: Friday, September 17 & Saturday, September 18, 2021

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 2021

The registration period will be open through April 30, 2021.

HOW TO APPLY

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 Ally Stein at [email protected] or PO Box 249, Mauldin, SC 29662.

Rules & Policies | Registration Packet


2021 Prizes

Check out our prizes for 2021:

  • 1st – $2,500
  • 2nd – $2,000
  • 3rd – $1,500
  • 4th – $1,000
  • 5th – $500
  • Anything Butt – Free 2022 Registration
  • People’s Choice – Free 2022 Registration



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2020 WINNERS

Click here to see full scores from the South Carolina Barbeque Association

ANYTHING BUTT – SAVORY:

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Smoke by Day, Fire by Night


ANYTHING BUTT – SWEET:

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Tail-Gater Hater


RIBS | 4TH PLACE:

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Smoke by Day, Fire by Night


RIBS | 3RD PLACE:

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FFITS BBQ


RIBS | 2ND PLACE:

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High on the Hog BBQ


RIBS | 1ST PLACE:

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Vicious Pig BBQ


GABE HUNTER PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:

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FFITS BBQ


BBQ COOK-OFF | 5TH PLACE:

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Tail-Gater Hater


BBQ COOK-OFF | 4TH PLACE:

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Vicious Pig BBQ


BBQ COOK-OFF | 3RD PLACE:

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The Hog Mafia


BBQ COOK-OFF | 2ND PLACE:

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Back Alley BBQ


BBQ COOK-OFF | 1ST PLACE:

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Pimp My Pig