The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠ is a three-day open-air festival featuring championship barbecue competition; live cooking demonstrations, special displays, and food and beverage vendors to satisfy every taste and appetite.

The Anglesea Blues Festival℠ features both national and regional blues musicians and is held in conjunction with the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠. Throughout the weekend, free live entertainment is featured on our outdoor main stage, as well as additional acts in neighboring establishments.

The championship competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), the world’s largest association of barbecue enthusiasts. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at the 2019 New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠. The competition is officiated by representatives of KCBS and a panel of volunteer judges, certified in the art and science of judging competitive barbecue. The Grand Champion of the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠ is eligible to compete in the invitation only world championship, the American Royale, held annually in Kansas City, Missouri.

In addition, the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship is one of an elite group of qualifying events for the World Food Championships, entitling our Grand Champion to compete in the World Food Championships where the total prize purse is $300,000.

The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠ is a celebration of great food, great music, and family fun you don’t want to miss. Why not bring the whole family and spend a day with us. The Championship is located within walking distance of the Historic Hereford Inlet Lighthouse and the free beach at Anglesea Inlet, in the heart of the Anglesea Entertainment District.

The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠  and the Anglesea Blues Festival℠  benefits the Anglesea Volunteer Fire Company, serving the community since 1897.