About the Charley West BBQ Fest

The Charley West BBQ Fest is an annual event benefitting the Bob Burdette Center afterschool program.

The public is able to purchase meals from commercial BBQ vendors and tasting tickets to sample BBQ from competition and backyard BBQ cooks. Live entertainment features local musicians performing throughout the day on the main stage.

$10 will purchase 10 tasting tickets and the chance to vote for one’s favorite commercial, competition and backyard BBQ with winners being named “People’s Choice – Best BBQ.” In addition, a panel of judges will do a blind taste testing in the commercial vendor, competition, and backyard divisions.

Commercial vendors will submit a sample of pulled pork BBQ with sauce to the judge’s panel to compete for “Best BBQ in Charleston at the Charley West BBQ Fest.”

Competition and Backyard BBQ entrants will compete in 4 categories that include best pulled pork BBQ, best ribs, best sauce, and wild card – anything you want to BBQ!

BBQ Competitions + Prizes

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each event by blind judging will receive a trophy to brag about their wins while People’s Choice Best BBQ overall winners chosen by the public in each division will receive a Grand Trophy commemorating their wins.

Commercial Division: People’s Choice Best BBQ – voting by public; Blind Judging – Best pulled pork

Competition Division: People’s Choice Best BBQ – voting by public; Blind judging - Best ribs, best pulled pork, best sauce, wild card

Backyard Division: People’s Choice Best BBQ – voting by public; Blind judging - Best ribs, best pulled pork, best sauce, wild card

About the Bob Burdette Center

The Bob Burdette Center (BBC) is an out-of-school time academic enrichment center offering free after school and summer programming to West Side and North Charleston families grades K-5.

As a US Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center, we have high standards for our program and focus on the wellbeing and support of the whole family!

The mission of Bob Burdette Center, Inc. is to provide West Side youth and their families with opportunities for holistic development (mind, body, and spirit) for healthy futures. Certified school teachers provide tutoring and serve as academic enrichment leaders, providing one-on-one and group support at all sites.

The BBC’s afterschool enrichment leaders guide daily programming covering STEM, reading and the arts, college and career readiness, social emotional learning and life skills, and physical recreation.

Each day, the cook prepares a full supper meal served upon arrival and an evening snack, generously sponsored by the USDA child nutrition program.

Working together, the BBC strives to provide needed academic and family support, delivered in ways which have the most impact.

Please visit www.bobburdettecenter.org for more information and follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

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