Bands, Beer, and Barbeque Cookoff in Downtown Clayton

September 16, 2023 - Municipal Park - 2pm

325 McCullers St, Clayton, NC 27520

Join your Downtown Development Association at Municipal Park this fall for the first ever Clayton BBQ Challenge, presented by Agri Supply! This event features three key components:

  • Come watch 15+ teams stemming from all over NC, Kansas & Missouri put their best flavors together to chase a nationally recognized award sanctioned by the world renowned Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS), as well as bragging right for the nation's best BBQ in 4 categories (pork, brisket, chicken, ribs) + a people's choice award.

  • Craft Beer sampling from 20+ of your favorite local, NC breweries (including Deep River, JoCo Brewery, Aviator, and more)

  • Rotating bands, including live music from The Switch, on the Caterpillar band shell stage throughout the day plus food trucks and BBQ-related vendor booths.

Join us in Downtown Clayton from 2pm-6pm for a fun afternoon with three of our communities' favorites things: Bands, Beer, and BBQ!

Ticket Options

There are four different ticket options for this event. All ticket options include entry into the event, beer sampling and an opportunity to hear all bands on stage throughout the day. Tasting the competition BBQ samples or ordering from food trucks is an additional fee for general admission tickets. The DD/Under 21 ticket is provided for those that do not want to sample beer. Looking to be fully immersed in the Clayton BBQ Challenge Experience? Go for the all-inclusive Platinum Pit Experience Ticket!


Parking information

Municipal Park is a short walk from any on-street or public parking lots throughout Downtown Clayton. There will be some on-site parking at Municipal Park and on-street parking on Stallings Street. Overflow public parking options are outlined in the parking category of THIS capture Opens in new window

Band, Food Truck and Brewery Line up coming soon!

This event will feature 20+ NC breweries, bands on stage throughout the day and multiple food trucks to satisfy anyone's cravings outside of the delicious BBQ being cooked. 

Deep River Brewing CoVan Meter Trio (1pm)Little Halos
R&R BrewingProton Jones (2:00pm)Naked Empanada
Fishtowne Brew HouseThe Switch (3:00pm)Hollywood Taco
JoCo Brewing
Redneck BBQ
Leland Brewing
+ BBQ Samples for $1/oz 
Bright Penny Brewing

NoDa BrewingPresenting Sponsor:Vendors and In-Kind Sponsors:
Lonerider BrewingAgri Supply Co. & Carolina CookerNature's Twist
Crank Arm Brewing
Clayton Civitan
Burgaw BrewingBBQ Competition Award Sponsors:Town of Clayton Parks & Recreation
Bond BrothersRedneck BBQ LabBarbour Shop Creative Services
Funguys BrewingGuy C LeeI-Rent
Aviator BrewingHudson's HardwareGreater Raleigh Refrigeration
Bold Rock CidersReady RoofingThermoKing
Fainting Goat
Batista Grading
Bombshell Beer CoMusic Sponsor:Stay Clean
Crossbones BrewingTip Jar RecordsPatriot Sanitation
Fullsteam Brewing

Outer Dunes Brewing

Vicious Fishes Brewery

About the Downtown Development Association (DDA)

The Downtown Development Association (DDA) is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the improvement of Downtown Clayton. We serve the businesses and community members through the promotion, design, and development of our Downtown area. Fundraising efforts go directly back into community projects that enhance and protect Downtown Clayton. Our goal is to continue to keep our Downtown area a thriving and vibrant community. Your support of the DDA has a huge impact on our community and businesses and we value your contribution. 

About the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS)

The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 16,000 members worldwide. KCBS sanctions over 300 barbeque contests world wide. From volunteering to actual event production, our members also offer assistance to civic and charitable organizations who organize events.

Please note: this event will be rain or shine and all attendees must be 21+ to consume alcohol. 

KCBS Cook Teams Signed Up to Compete:
Southern QBB Barbecue and Pits
Bud Wiser's BBQOne Eyed Pig BBQ
Muttley Crew BBQWolf's Revenge BBQ
Smokin SkulliesTuff Smoke
Smoke and BrewPoke N Smoke
Redneck ScientificOff the Rack BBQ
Fred Vegas SmokersNorth Meets South BBQ
Chunky BBQOptimus Swine
Twisted Pair BBQBBQ Blues
Blue Ribbon BBQ NCSmokecraft
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