2018 KCBS State Championship BBQ Cook Off

Two-day BBQ cook off and festival presented by PRTC!
October 5 & 6, 2018


Squealin’ on the Square celebrates it 18th year of bringing family fun and delicious BBQ to the historic downtown. The first weekend of October each year sees the downtown square come alive with live music, arts & crafts, food and especially BBQ. The two day event kicks off on Friday and runs through 8PM on Saturday.

As a KCBS sanctioned event, Squealin’ on the Square is excited to participate in the new Palmetto BBQ Series SC BBQ Championship. This new competition series  will award the best BBQ Competitor in SC who has the highest cumulative points for participating in at least 4 of the 6 KCBS sanctioned events in SC. Squealin’ on the Square is the next to last KCBS event of the year for SC, so we are expecting a large turn-out of BBQ competition teams.

Squealin’ on the Square is presented by the non-profit, Main Street Laurens, as a way of raising funds to assist in their efforts to revitalize the Historic Downtown District. All proceeds from the event go back into the organization to help with projects such as facade grants for businesses, marketing of the downtown, decorative lighting in the downtown and implementation of the new Downtown Master Plan.

So, we encourage you to mark your calendars and join us for a good time, good food and good friends all while helping revitalize downtown Laurens!

2018 Schedule of Events

2017 Winners


We’re excited to welcome these KCBS Competition BBQ teams to the 18th annual Squelain’ on the Square!

Barrel Fever -Doug Varnadore, Evans , GA
Brew B Que – Joey Carroll, Evans, GA
Britton’s BBQ – Eric Britton, Johns Island, SC
CD’s BBQ & More – Chip Youngblood, Greenwood, SC
Contagious Q – Sean Mikel, Kingsport, TN
Hickory Barbeque Company – Noel Kay, Shelby, NC
Kind of a Big Deal BBQ – Jonathan Larson, Boiling Springs, SC
Midnight Burn – Kim Hicks, Pisgah Forrest, NC
Mutley Crew – Shannon Turner, Apex, NC
Nard’s Backyard BBQ – Randall Knight, Piedmont, SC
Old Colony Smokehouse – Adam Hughes, Denton, NC
Pig On Fire – Eric Fortenberry, Woodruff, SC
Piglet Enemy – Jeff Martin, Moore, SC
Rocky Top Barbeque – Walt Moulton, Jonesborough, TN
Slow Smokin’ BBQ NC – Dean Wertz, Candler, NC
Smoke Central BBQ – Jason Singletary, Summerville, SC
Smoke on This – Jackie Price, Lenoir City, TN
Smokin’ Gringo’s BBQ – Mike Baston, Charleston, SC
Smokin Sweetmeats – Trey Terry, Buford, GA
Sue E. Pigg – Steve Wainscott, Clemson, SC
Swig-N-Pig – Andrew Massey, Williamston, SC
The Smokin Grill – Ken Scales, Williamston, SC
Under the Radar – Allen Clem, Kingsport, TN
Up All Knight BBQ – Ryan Lockwood, Simpsonville, SC
V-Que – Thomas Voelker, Cowpens, SC

*Bold Names are featured BBQ vendors selling everything you can want in BBQ including ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, turkey legs, and much more!

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