Salt City BBQ Festival

Contact Salt City BBQ Festival
At Salt City BBQ Festival, our attentive staff is available Monday through Saturday to answer all of your questions and ensure you are 100% satisfied.
Salt City BBQ Festival
9 AM – 5 PM
9 AM – 5 PM
9 AM – 5 PM
9 AM – 5 PM
9 AM – 7 PM
10 AM – 7 PM
222 Orlando Ave.
Syracuse, NY  13205


Join the Salt City BBQ Festival
There are many ways to get your business involved in the 2018 Salt City BBQ Festival.  Whether you are a BBQ restaurant or vendor, you have a business that goes well with BBQ, beer and music or you just want to get involved to help take homeless veterans off the street we have a place for you.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.
To participate in the 2018 Salt City BBQ Festival as an exhibitor please click the link to the right and you’ll be taken to the Exhibitor application.
Partner with us and help homeless veterans
The Salt City BBQ Festival is a fundraiser for homeless veterans.  Proceeds from this event will go towards the purchase and rehabilitation of homes that will become housing for our homeless veterans here in Central New York.  To find out how you can help please click the link:


alt City BBQ Competition Details-your 2018 Cooks Packet is here
KCBS Professional Competition
Welcome to the Salt City BBQ Festival Cook-off.  Here you’ll see the prize structure, schedule of events and the application to compete or be a judge.  Contact the Judge Coordinator Paul Davey for questions on judging  If you have any further questions please call (315) 254-6119.  Please note:  hotel information is posted at the bottom of this page.
$5,000 Prize Pool payout summary
​Grand Champion     Reserve Grand Champion     3rd place     4th place     5th place
      $800                                 $350                    $225           $150               $75
    Trophy                               Trophy                 Trophy        Trophy          Trophy
4 Category Payouts
1st place     2nd place     3rd place     4th place     5th place
  $325           $225           $125            $100             $75
 Trophy       Trophy         Trophy         Trophy        Trophy
Move-in begins on Friday.  Our event is at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. Teams may begin arriving any time after noon on Friday. Meat Inspections will begin at Noon on Friday.   There is a mandatory cooks meeting at 7 pm on Friday evening in the judges building.
10:30 am  Judges Meeting
12:00 pm  Meat Competitions begin
5:00 pm  Awards ceremony on the stage
To register your team to compete in the Salt City BBQ Festival click on this link and follow  instructions:
​To register to be a judge in the 2018 Salt City BBQ Festival please click this link:
Applications may be e-mailed to:
Anyone needing a hotel room:  we have made arrangements for you to get a special rate at the Clarion Inn & Suites for $69 per night plus tax.  To reserve your room please call (315)457-8700 and ask for Sarah Pagula.  Please tell her that youa re with the Salt City BBQ Festival to get the special rate.

Salt City BBQ Festival

About the Salt City BBQ Festival
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Location: Chevy Court (Center of Progress if raining),
NY State Fairgrounds
581 State Fair Boulevard
Syracuse, NY 13209

Hours: Noon – 11pm


Various styles of BBQ sauce from teams across the USA and Canada will be for sale On-Site

There are many elements to the Salt City BBQ Festival.  Whether you are a BBQ restaurant or vendor, a BBQ team, a backyard grilling extraordinaire  or a business that would like help us raise funds for homeless veterans you can find the information here.  If after reading this information you have more questions please feel free to call or write.
The Salt City BBQ Festival is also a food drive to feed the homeless in our area.   The Salt City BBQ Festival is part of the Kansas City BBQ Society mission to feed 250,000 people. The festival will be collecting non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Salvation Army for their Syracuse area shelters.  The BBQ portion of the donation is pork butts cooked by the professionals competing in our competition.  This cooked BBQ will go to the Salvation Army and Clear Path for Veterans, a local veterans service agency. Non-perishable food donations will be collected at the Phoenix Philosophies booth.
To learn more about this important event please call (315) 254-6119
BBQ food 
BBQ competition
Music lineup for the 2018 Salt City BBQ Festival:
11:00 AM – 11:59 AM   Ghost Town                                       Ramblers
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM   Ceremony                                       (Blocked)
 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM    Dam Dog Trio
 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM      Grupo Pagan
 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM      Awards Finals                                       (Blocked)
 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM      Megan Lee’s                                       Band
 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM      Off the                                                        Ground
 7:45 PM – 8:15 PM      Mindy Davey
 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM   Beale Street                                       Rockers
Vendors-want to join us as an 
exhibitor? Click the Exhibitor link 
at the top to find out more information.