Squealin’ on the Square

Squealin’ on the Square celebrates its 17th 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  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!




Congratulations to the following winning teams at the 17th Annual Squealin’ on the Square!

Grand Champion: Smoke Central BBQ – Kevin Merritt, Summerville, SC

Reserve Grand Champion: Midnight Burn – Kim Hicks, Pisgah Forest, NC

1-Midnight Burn
2-Sue E. Pigg
3-Hickory Barbeque Company
4-Slow Smokin’ BBQ NC
5-Carolina Smokin Johns BBQ
6-The Smokin’ Grill
7-Hey Good Buddy BBQ
8-Piglet Enemy
9-Kind of a Big Deal BBQ
10-Smoke on This

1-Sauced! BBQ
2-Smoke on This
3-Smoke Central BBQ
5-Redneck Scientific
6-The Smokehouse Mafia
7-Slow Smokin’ BBQ NC
8-Midnight Burn
9-Hickory Barbeque Company
10-Palmetto Pitmasters

1-Smoke Central BBQ
2-Sauced! BBQ
3-The Smokehouse Mafia
4-Smokin’ Gringo’s
5-Slow Smokin’ BBQ NC
6-Hey Good Buddy BBQ
7-Smoke on This
8-Pig on Fire
9-Midnight Burn
10-Redneck Scientific

1-Hickory Barbeque Company
2-Elite BBQ Smokers
3-Midnight Burn
4-Hoggy Bottom boys
5-Carolina Smokin Johns BBQ
6-Smokin Gringo’s
7-The Smokehouse Mafia
8-Pig on Fire
9-Hey Good Buddy BBQ
10-Smoke Central BBQ

For a complete list of all the results, click here.