Southern Pines Blues & BBQ

Taylor County is home to one of the largest and most popular BBQ Festivals in the state and south-eastern United States...THE SOUTHERN PINES BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL!  This event gives out over $15,000.00 in cash prizes for the following BBQ Events:  OPEN BBQ Competition ($10,000.00 in cash & prizes), John Boy & Billy Grilling Sauce Contest ($1,000.00 in cash & prizes), People’s Choice ($500.00 for 1st Place – No Entry Fee), Backyard BBQ Competition ($1,500.00 in cash & prizes) & KIDZ-QUE Competition (Ages 6-13)

OPEN BBQ Competition:

This part of the competition is open to any and all BBQ enthusiasts from the backyard grill master to professional cook-teams.  Teams travel from all over to compete for over $10,000.00 in cash and prizes as well as bragging rights.  (FBA Rules Apply and can be viewed at

People’s Choice:

People’s Choice…for the attendees this portion of the event is amongst one of the favorites.  This is where you can be the judge.  Try over 35 different pulled pork recipes!  For the competitor, we encourage any team to sign up to compete in the People’s Choice Competition.  It is a lot of fun as well as a great way to showcase your cooking skills to the public.  Initially, People’s Choice is voted on in an anonymous setting, however, during the awards ceremony, spectators can find out who their favorites were! There is no cost to competitors to enter and we will supply the meat to your team, call you have to do it cook it!

John Boy & Billy Grilling Sauce Contest:

Another favorite event among the visiting competitors is the John Boy & Billy Grilling Sauce Contest, sponsored by the John Boy & Billy themselves and Big Show Foods.  This event enables competitors to enter an unlimited amount of different sauces with the chance to win CASH prizes (NEW) as well as an electric guitar signed by John Boy & Billy.  Categories include:  Best Original BBQ Sauce, HOT STUFF BBQ Sauce and Mustard Based BBQ Sauce.  Rules are on the application and you can enter as many times as you like for only $20.00 per entry.

Backyard BBQ Competition

The Backyard BBQ Competition is set up so that the new teams and backyard enthusiasts can compete and not go up against a seasoned and experienced professional BBQ Team.




7th Annual Southern Pines Blues B-Q

Forest Capital State Park

203 Forest Park Drive

Perry, Florida 32348


December 11-12, 2015