Amateur BBQ Smoke Off - Contestant Registration

Linglestown Church of God

Second Annual Amateur BBQ Smoke Off

Rules and Regulations for Contestants

Who we are: The Linglestown Church of God is a 501c3 non-profit organization who seeks to know Jesus and to make Jesus known. We believe in supporting our community and using the blessings bestowed upon us to the glory of God and the benefit of others.

Who this event benefits: The second Annual BBQ Smoke Off will benefit the Linglestown Fire Company. All proceeds from the event will go to the Fire Company to use at their discretion.

What is the event: The smoke off will be held from Friday October 11, 2024 to Saturday October 12, 2024 and is an amateur BBQ cooking contest that invites amateur smokers to show off their BBQ skills by entering between one and four categories of BBQ. Those categories are Pork Butt (pulled pork,) Pork Ribs, Brisket, and Chicken. Smokers may enter any or all of the categories for $25 for the first category and $10 per each additional category.

Pre-Sale tickets for spectators and people’s choice ticket holders will be $15 per person and this covers the samples for judging and water. Children 10 and younger are free. Day of event tickets will be available for $20 per person which includes entry into the event as well as water and samples but does not include the people’s choice voting card. Sandwich sales are available at an additional cost per vendor until sold out. This is a family friendly event so please keep this in mind when creating menu prices.

Who can win: There will be a winner for each of the four categories as well as an overall winner. The winner will be chosen by a panel of Judges made up of local leaders and community members. There will also be a people’s Choice winner for each category.

What is the prize: The prize for the contest is $100 per category winner, $50 per people’s choice winner, and $250 for the overall winner. Winners will also receive free entry into the next BBQ competition as reigning champs. 


  1. Contestants must have a minimum of 20 lbs. of servable meat PER CATEGORY ENTERED.

  2. Smoking and finishing of meats must be done on site. (Prep, rub, etc. may be done at home)

  3. Judging will begin at 11:30am, Starting with Chicken, Followed by Ribs at 11:45, then Pulled Pork at 12:00, and finishing with Brisket at 12:30. Please have your meat(s) ready by the stated times. Any meat(s) submitted past time will not be eligible for the Judges competition. When submitting meat for judging, please only provide the meat in its own juices.  Do Not add sauce for judges, sauce may only be using during the cooking process.

  4. People's Choice will be voted on by presale ticket holders and voters will have from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M to cast their votes. Votes will be made by sampling only and again no sauce may be used for judging. Smokers must present samples for voters in trays provided by the Linglestown Church of God. Each voter will be given one vote for each category. Votes will be collected in bins at the pavilion and will be counted at 1:00 P.M.

  5. Sandwich sales of your meats are encouraged but is totally up to you whether you serve or not. Sales will start at 12 Noon till sold out. Sandwiches may be made however you see fit for sales. Sandwich sales will not count toward the people's choice votes. Charges for Sandwich sales are for your costs and are not required to be given to the fire department unless you wish to do so.

  6. SANITATION. All teams are expected to maintain their cook sites in a clean manner and to use good sanitary practices during the preparation, cooking, judging & serving of food to the public. The use of sanitary gloves is required at all times while handling food. Teams are responsible for cleanup of their site once the competition has ended.

  7. Please do not dump hot coals on the grounds. Coals must be disposed of in a Metal bucket or other safe metal container that you provide.

What are Teams are responsible for:

  1. Canopy, Tables, Chairs, Tent, food serving equipment, generators, smokers, wood, charcoal, lighting tools, etc..

  2. All Sanitary items (gloves for handling & serving of food, wipes, napkins, etc.)   

  3. sample cups and forks will be provided for people's choice/patron sampling.

  4. Please provide plates, buns, and sauce for your sandwich sales.

  5. You may also provide sides for your sandwich sales so long as they are kept food safe.

  6. Each contestant may have up to 3 helpers on their team. Additional helpers will be responsible for the $15 entry fee.

  7. Set up may begin at 5:00pm on Friday October 11, 2024. Cooking may begin no earlier than 7:00pm. Please keep in mind that food must be ready to be judged at the designated times.

  8. No alcoholic beverages on the grounds please. Any consumption of alcohol is terms for immediate elimination from the competition.

  9. Most important rule of all. Have fun and enjoy the competition! Unsportsmanlike conduct will be cause for expulsion from the contest.

***Please note that at this time we do not have electricity in the parking lot where the contest
is being held. We are currently seeking donations of generators to make electricity possible.

If you have any questions about the event that are not answered in this document, please email or call 717-545-4788. You may also visit our website at or find us on Facebook and Instagram @linglestowncog.

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Email *
Name of Team Leader *
Phone Number *
Email Address *
Mailing Address *
Team Name (If Applicable)
Names and Phone Numbers of Helpers (Maximum of three included with registration, additional helpers must pay admission cost of $15) *
Type of Meat Being Smoked (First meat entered is $25, each additional meat is $10) *
Total Cost of Entry:  *
Payment Type (All payments due within 15 days of Registration) *
I have read and agree to all the rules and regulations of the competition.  *
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