Newport Pig Cooking

Barbecue is a serious topic in North Carolina and that’s certainly true in the Town with Old-Fashioned Courtesy. It is barbecue, after all, that put the small rural town of Newport on the map. As the home to what many claim is the largest whole hog cooking contest in the country, the friendly town is once again preparing to share its down home charm with the masses. Planned for April 6-7 at Community Park, the Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest will draw thousands with its amusement rides, live entertainment, vendors and abundance of Carolina barbecue. About 70 hogs are cooked annually by teams from around the country all vying for top honors.

Things kick off with a parade on Friday evening and the chefs quickly get to work. Judging takes place Saturday morning and barbecue plates go on sale around 11am. To learn more visit

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