Smoke on the Water 25th Anniversary Logo

October 20th and 21st

On the Washington waterfront

Sanctioned by Whole Hog BBQ series

25th Anniversary Festivities begin Friday Night with the Pig Parade and concert by The Embers featuring Craig Woolard

The Embers featuring Craig Woolard


Is your BBQ the best in the East? There is only one way to find out! You have to sign up and compete in Smoke On The Water. SOTW is the premier whole hog BBQ competition in eastern North Carolina.

Friday October 20

4:00-8:00 pm Amusements Open – Free to the public in Crab Park

4:00 – 9:00 pm Food Trucks Open

4:00-9:00 pm Vendor area opens

5:00 pm Pig Parade

5:00 pm BBQ Chief Cookers Meeting at HQ RV

6:00 pm The Embers featuring Craig Woolard – Mac Hodges Festival Park stage

7:00 pm Pig-Cooking Showmanship Competition Judging

8:00 pm BBQ Pigs Delivered to Competitive Cookers

8 pm – 10 pm Live Music on the Ribeye’s Deck

10 pm Live Music continues in Ribeyes Angus Room

Saturday October 21

8:00 am BBQ Cook Off Judging Begins

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Car Show Registration

10:00 am Chili Volunteer Server Meeting (Chamber Parking lot)

9:00 am – 11:00 am WERO LIVE REMOTE

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Amusements, Train Rides, , Artisans & Vendors open

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Kids Zone opens – by the Beaufort Hyde Partnership for Children (Crab Park)

10:00 – 1:00 pm Live Music by Alex Williams (on the Ribeye’s Deck)

10:00 am Iron Order Benefit Ride Registration for the BOCO Animal Shelter begins

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Classic Car Show

10:00 am BBQ Sales Begin (Ribeye’s Parking Lot)

10:00 am AOP Chalk Fest Begins (Crab Park)

10:30 am Chili Sales Begin (Chamber Parking Lot)

11:00 am – 2:00 pm Literacy Volunteer READS (KID ZONE TENT at Crab Park)

11:30 am – Noon BBQ Contest Awards Announced (Ribeye’s Deck)

1:00 – 2:00 pm Westies of Washington NC – West Coast Swing Demonstation – Ribeyes Tent

1:00 pm Iron Order Benefit Ride for the BOCO Animal Shelter begins

2:00 – 4:30 pm Live Music by Rowlette Green (Ribeye’s Deck)

5:00 pm Festival ends

7 pm Ribeyes Angus Room opens for Football

10 pm Live music in Ribeyes Angus Room

Iron Order flyer
Car and Truck Show Flyer


Do you want to share your product or services with tens of thousands of hugry customers? Then sign up to be a vendor at Smoke On The Water. Just download, fill out and return the application and guidelines and you will be on the way.

*We are at capacity for vendors for 2023 and are no longer accepting vendor applications for this year.