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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- If you want to enjoy good barbecue and watch cooks put on a show, you need to be in Lexington, N.C., this weekend.

That's because the city renowned for its heritage of slow cooking pork shoulders over hickory wood, that is known worldwide as Lexington-style barbecue, is about to host a cook-off for the ages in its Uptown area.

Experience the excitement of international teams competing in Lexington's acclaimed BBQ Capital Cook-off. The competition – with a prize of $15,900 – is fierce and fun for everyone. Our 2011 event brought 54 competing teams and over 75 judges from across the United States.

  • The 2012 event brought 55 teams, over 25,000 people and taping of the season finale of the national television show, Pitmasters.
  • The 2013 competition brought 77 teams, the addition of the Smithfield Rib Series, and the Old North State Series.

Things start smoking Friday night, April 25 from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

While the teams serve their best ribs, chicken, brisket and pork at this KCBS sanctioned event, you can sample all sorts of other treats from local and regional eateries.

Experience Uptown Lexington: The event is in the heart of Lexington and can you can visit our 19 barbecue restaurants, where the renowned heritage of slow-cooking pork shoulders over hickory is still alive and well.

Also, there are the unique shops within walking distance that bring the best of the past into the present – you'll love the charm of their individuality.

And just minutes away by car are the national treasures of Childress Vineyards, The Bob Timberlake Gallery and the RCR Racing Museum.

Don't miss good eats and family fun!

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