NJ BBQ Competition: July 13-15th, 2018- Wildwood, NJ

The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship will be held on July 13-15th, 2018 in Wildwood, NJ. We had the opportunity to attend this event last year and trust us when we say, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

Also, be sure to stop by Philly Blind Pig to try some of Tom Bera’s delicious BBQ!


Everything you need to know about the event can be found here:


July 13-15, 2018

Mouth watering ribs, chicken, brisket and pork, masterfully marinated and seasoned, then smoked for hours to the point of perfection. This ain’t just grilling, this is art! Who will be the Champion? Come witness barbecue teams from around the country show off their skills in a quest for the best.

But that ain’t all! Nothing goes better with lip smackin’ barbecue than smokin’ hot blues. So, you bet we have that too! The Anglesea Blues Festival℠, held in conjunction with the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠, will be bringing you the best blues acts this side of Beale Street.

Getting hungry’? You’ll find barbecue so good you’ll cry, offered by championship vendors, as well as a variety of other treats to satisfy every appetite.

And of course you won’t want to miss the  live cooking demonstrations, special displays, and much, much more.

And did I mention admission is free! Don’t miss the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠,  July 13, 14 & 15, 2018.

The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠ benefits the Anglesea Volunteer Fire Company, serving the community since 1897.


The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠ is a three-day open-air festival featuring championship barbecue competition; live cooking demonstrations, special displays, and food and beverage vendors to satisfy every taste and appetite.

The Anglesea Blues Festival℠ features both national and regional blues musicians and is held in conjunction with the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠. Throughout the weekend, free live entertainment is featured on our outdoor main stage, as well as additional acts in neighboring establishments.


The championship competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), the world’s largest association of barbecue enthusiasts. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at the 2018 New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠. The competition is officiated by representatives of KCBS and a panel of volunteer judges, certified in the art and science of judging competitive barbecue. The Grand Champion of the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠ is eligible to compete in the invitation only world championship, the American Royale, held annually in Kansas City, Missouri.

In addition, the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship is one of an elite group of qualifying events for the World Food Championships, entitling our Grand Champion to compete in the World Food Championships where the total prize purse is $300,000.

The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠ is a celebration of great food, great music, and family fun you don’t want to miss. Why not bring the whole family and spend a day with us. The Championship is located within walking distance of the Historic Hereford Inlet Lighthouse and the free beach at Anglesea Inlet, in the heart of the Anglesea Entertainment District.


The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠ and the Anglesea Blues Festival℠  benefits the Anglesea Volunteer Fire Company, serving the community since 1897.

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, July 13, 2018 – Hours 4PM to 11PM

4:00PM – Opening Ceremony Festival Opens to Public

BBQ Demonstrations

Cat Country Fun and Games Crew 5pm to 7pm

4pm to 7pm Billy the Kid Band – Billy Thoden

7:30pm to 10:30pm Mike Guldin and Rollin’ & Tumblin’

Saturday, July 14, 2018 – Hours 10AM to 11PM

10:00AM-10:00PM Open Air Market

11am to 1 pm Blue Bone

11:00AM –BBQ Cooking Class

Pitmasters Big Moe Cason and BBQ Bob Trudnak

(Advance registration required)

1:30-3:30 The Little Red Rooster Blues Band

BBQ Demonstrations

106.3 WJSE Rocks 2pm-4pm

3:00PM Surprise Ingredient, Dessert and Sauce Contest

4pm to 7 pm Charlie Brown’s Notorious Groove

7:30pm to 10:30pm Frank Bey & Company

Sunday, July 15, 2018 – Hours 10AM to 6PM

10:00AM-6:00PM Open Air Market

11:00am to 1:30pm Blue Jay Slim and the Tone Blasters

1:30pm to 4:30pm Joe Donato & Dr. Cheeko

SoJo 104.9 Live Broadcast-Mike-The Mike Show 11am-3pm

98.7 the Coast noon-2pm

12:00PM KCBS judging begins

BBQ Demonstrations

4:30PM Awards Ceremony

6:00PM Festival closes

Schedule Subject to Change

To find the musical entertainment schedule

visit the Anglesea Blues Festival℠ page


Cooking Class:


Pitmaster Jack McDavid’s Secrets of BBQ

Pitmaster Jack McDavid knows his way around a BBQ. With a resume that includes hosting the Food Network’s Grillin & Chillin, numerous James Beard invitations (the Carnegie Hall of Cooking), and winning the Whole Hog World Championship, Jack McDavid has some serious cooking chops. In his famous, fun loving style, Mr. McDavid will share with you his sercrets of BBQ. And of course, you can’t talk about great BBQ without tasting great BBQ, so there will be plenty of samples available!

See what it takes to go from raw ribs to the awards stage, as well as some great tips for making your backyard grill the tastiest spot in the neighborhood.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

11:00AM to noon



Advance Regsitration is Required

About The Instructor

From his distinctive Southern drawl to his trademark duds – denim bib overalls and a red and white truckers cap heralding “Save the Farm”,- Jack McDavid is a “good ol’ boy” with a unique recipe for success. Most recently, he starred in the TV Food Network’s, “Grillin’ and Chillin'” with Bobby Flay.

His innovative American cooking style and old-fashioned work ethic have produced rave reviews from customers and food professionals alike, including Food & Wine magazine’s “Best Chefs in America” Award.  With the skill of a classically trained chef who adds his own special culinary flourishes, Jack is known for serving ample portions of hearty, basic foods by weaving marvelous combinations of the finest grown farm-fresh ingredients.


Jack decided on a career as a chef, honing skills in more than 115 restaurants during the 1970’s and early ’80s. He learned classical French technique, as well as discipline, at Washington’s bastion of French cuisine, Le Lion D’Or.  There, he bacame proficient at every station in the kitchen of Jean-Pierre Goyenvalle.  In 1984, he moved to Philadelphia to continue his culinary profession at the world-renowned Le Bec-Fin.  It was Georges Perrier who inspired the young budding entrepreneur.

Jack opened his first restaurant, the Down Home Diner, in March of 1987, at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.  He wowed patrons with inexpensive, inventive dishes like cornbread pizza with Tennessee ham and chicken-fried buffalo steak with red-eye gravy.  In November 1989, he opened Jack’s Firehouse in the Fairmount area of Philadelphia featuring “haute country” cuisine.

Jack’s resolutely American regional style is clearly defined by his commitment to using products that are locally grown and raised.  He buys from 250-300 farmers and breeders, and invests in local farms and greenhouses so that he can get perfect vegetables and herbs all year round.  Everything served in his restaurants are McDavid-made – from mayonnaise and ketchup, to biscuits and chocolate chip cookies.

Six months after the Firehouse opened, he made his first national appearance at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado.  Since then, he has been invited six times to cook at the James Beard House in Manhattan, the culinary equivalent to playing Carnegie Hall.

Jack is married and the father of four.  In addition to his family and restaurants, Jack makes time for charities, having donated time and effort to the American Farmland Trust, March of Dimes, Meals on Wheels, Chef’s Aid, Share Our Strength and many more.


Looking for a place to stay in the Wildwoods during the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship?

For Hotel and Motel Accomodations:


Staying for the Week?

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Where do I Park?

Street Parking is available in reasonable proximity to North Wildwood’s Anglesea Entertainment District. In addition, there are several municipal and private parking lots within walking distance to the event.

Anglesea Drive will be designated one way traffic during the event weekend to allow for additional angle parking.

A popular option is also to park along the Trolley Route and take the Trolley to the festival.

Festival Map:


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