Georgia BBQ Championship Throw Down
February 5th, 2017

Brasstown Valley BBQ Throwdown

Are you ready for a Throw Down?

As Competitive BBQ becomes increasingly popular, the cost to cook teams has risen along with the amenities and prize money offered by most contests. While we all agree that bigger and more elaborate events are good for the BBQ community as a whole, the expense of the larger events and high number of competitors can be intimidating to the novice cook just starting out.

The GBC Throw Down is designed to give a nod to the small local contests that started it all, while still including a few key features to pique the interest of seasoned veterans of the BBQ Trail. Here's how it works:

An Old School Contest...

Cost & Prizes

Entry fees are being kept low: only $199 per team. Grand Champion, Reserve and top five teams in each category will receive cash prizes.


Cook sites will be 20'x25', with a limited number of larger sites available. Shared water taps will be provided, and limited electric connections. (If you need to run a camper or other heavy equipment, plan on bringing your generator.) Sites will be paved and have access to indoor restrooms.

...With a GBC Twist!


Cook sites will be in the parking lots adjacent to the Brasstown Valley Lodge. Since the cook sites themselves will be somewhat Spartan, teams are encouraged to take advantage of the resort's Lodge just steps away. The Lodge will be open 24 hours for your convenience and comfort. Participating teams will be elligable to purchase discounted tickets for the GBC annual banquet.

Later Turn-Ins

In recognition of the challenges of the season's cold weather, turn-in times will be shifted to the afternoon to make things easier on the cooks. We will begin with chicken at 3:00PM, ribs at 3:30, pork at 4:00 and finally brisket at 4:30PM.

Sanctioning and More

The GBC Throw Down is fully sanctioned by KCBS and we expect to have 100% CBJs at the judging tables indoors in the Lodge, so novice teams can be confident that they will truly see how their scores compare to the most experienced Pros on the circuit.

In addition, this contest is an official qualifier for both the Georgia BBQ Championship and the Jack Daniels Invitational. The GBC Throw Down is the first opportunity of the year to get into the draw in Georgia, which will obviously be of interest to teams looking to go "all the way" to Lynchburg in 2017.

Entry Forms

We hope that this unique contest will intrigue new and experienced teams alike. So if you think you have what it takes to win a Throw Down, use the application forms below!