Mauldin to host SOOIE, the 9th Annual BBQ Festival

MAULDIN, SC – Produced by the City of Mauldin, SOOIE., Mauldin’s 9th Annual BBQ Festival showcases the heritage of the community through food and music. Hosted at the Mauldin Cultural Center’s Outdoor Amphitheater, the festival features more than 25 Cookers from all over the Southeast competing in a BBQ Cook-off judged by the South Carolina Barbeque Association (SCBA).

Paired with live music and family fun, this can’t-miss festival is the perfect pig-out. SOOIE. will take place on Friday, September 20, 2019, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The festival opens Friday night with our Anything Butt competition, where participating cookers serve anything BUTT their BBQ to pique your tastebuds. Sliders, grilled chicken, smoked cobbler—the only way to know what’s cooking is to come try it for yourself. These food items will be judged by a guest panel, with special awards given to the winners during Saturday’s ceremony. Friday will also feature live music by Little Lesley and the Bloodshots.

Saturday features the main event, a BBQ Cook-off competition with a panel of certified BBQ Tasters from the SCBA. The public will also have a chance to cast their vote for the best BBQ and the winner of the Gabe Hunter People’s Choice Award. The Trapfire Brothers will perform live during Saturday’s event. Kids can enjoy free games, bounce houses, chalk drawing, and more Kids Zone activities during both days of the event.
There were twelve awards handed out in total in 2018’s competition. Friday’s Anything Butt competition had winners in two categories. In the Sweet category, the winner was Mike Sanders and his team Blind Swine BBQ. In Savory, the winner was Ray Stokes of Gettin’ Piggy With It.

There were four categories for Saturday: the BBQ Cook-off, a Ribs competition, a Brisket competition, and People’s Choice. The Brisket winner was James Davila of The Saucy Pig BBQ. Winners of the Ribs competition were Ronnie Bishop of Chica-Piga-Moo in third place; Jarad Rikard of Dozed & B’Qued in second; and Jason Fleck of Palmetto Q Crew in first. The Gabe Hunter People’s Choice Award went to Seth Vaughn of Off the Grill. Five winners took home awards for the main competition. From fifth to first place, the winners were Kevin Glenn of Palmetto Smoke BBQ; Joe Hilliard of Bold Brand Bar-B-Que Boys; David McLaurin of Mac’s Lunch Competition BBQ Team; James Davila of the Saucy Pig BBQ; and Jarad Rikard of Dozed & B’Qued in first place.

The Mauldin Cultural Center hosts many events throughout the year, including SOOIE. Other upcoming events include the Mauldin Youth Theatre’s production of Disney’s Frozen, JR., with shows from November 8-24, 2019; the unveiling of our newest piece on the Mauldin Public Art Trail; Mauldin’s Christmas Kick-off, including the annual Tree lighting, a holiday market, pictures with Santa, and more; and A Mauldin Family Christmas, a festive musical revue featuring all of your favorite holiday songs, showing from December 13-21, 2019. Spring 2020 will bring even more events, including a Pizza, Blues & Jazz festival with an arts market; the Mauldin Youth Theatre’s production of Annie, JR.; the Mauldin Theatre Company’s inaugural performance, Seussical; Let the Good Times Roll, a retro musical revue of the greatest hits from the ‘50s to the ‘70s; and of course the return of Beachin’ Fridays and the Mauldin Farmers Market. For more information on the Mauldin Cultural Center’s events, visit


The City of Mauldin is located in the Upstate of South Carolina and in the heart of Greenville County. It is the 17th largest city in South Carolina out of 270 municipalities and one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Mauldin was first charted in 1820 and has grown to a population of more than 25,000. More information about the City of Mauldin can be found online at


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