For more than 30 years in Bosque County, the National Championship Barbecue Cookoff has brought together a classic combination; Texans and barbecue. With this year’s event set to happen next month, the National Championship Barbecue Cookoff is celebrating 34 years. 

"It started some-odd 30 years ago. A lot of us here today, board members, our parents were the original board members during the kickoff of [the National Championship Barbecue Cookoff]. It's a great event. We've got a major change in our process this year."

Paul Hardcastle, of the NCBC Board of Directors. Tweet
Grand champs always take home trophies, and pride on outcooking the competition.

Open Entry For Cookers

Previously, the event was closed, where competitors had to win a first, second or third place position in a sanctioned cookoff to get an invitation to the NCBC. This year, the event is set for open entry. This means that anyone can enter, and compete against seasoned cookers. 

People's Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award involves 50 cent tickets, in which the public gets to choose the barbecue that tastes best to them. Organizers encourage visitors to sample the meats, and make a lunch out of it. Vendors will be present, with some serving food. The hometown parade held in conjunction with the cookoff is set for Saturday, October 23, at 9 a.m. 

Join in on the Fun

The NCBC Parade through town in 2019.

"We're looking forward to starting back up [after last year]. We encourage one and all, come check us out. It's worth the drive, and a lot of fun."

Hardcastle, speaking of the event set for the weekend of October 23rd. Tweet

Gary Anderson and Terry Musick

Gary Anderson and fiddle player Terry Musick of Gary Anderson and The Moonlighters will play ffrom 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Watch the video below to hear their sound: 

Blues & Ballads Band

Consisting of local musician duo Mark McMahon on bass and Larry Davis on guitar and vocals, the Ballads & Blues (B&B) Band will be playing all the hits from 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Volunteer, Cook, or just Come and have Fun

Bounce houses for families to enjoy will also be at the festival To become a vendor, cooker, or volunteer to be a barbecue judge or event staff, call 254-717-2359, email or visit In order to enter as a cooker you can also download and fill out the form here to register