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SOOIE Mauldin BBQ Cook-Off (SCBA)

September 16 September 17

SOOIE Mauldin's BBQ Cook-Off Logo

SOOIE: Mauldin’s BBQ Cook-Off

Produced by the City of Mauldin, the annual SOOIE BBQ festival is a showcase of the heritage of our community including its food and music.

The festival features more than 20 cookers from all over the Southeast and includes a BBQ cook-off competition with a panel of certified BBQ judges, live music, family activities, and a relaxing atmosphere. But make no mistake, this festival is about the BBQ above all.  

Focusing on the craft of creating artful BBQ is the primary goal of this festival. We pair this delicious BBQ with music and family – making this the perfect festival to enjoy all that Mauldin has to offer.

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.

Saturday features the main event, a BBQ Cook-off competition with a panel of certified BBQ Tasters from the South Carolina Barbeque Association. The public will also have a chance to cast their vote for the best BBQ and the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Paired with live music and family fun, this can’t-miss festival is the perfect pig-out.

Admission to the event is free, but food and drink tickets, as well as tasting passes, will be available for purchase.

Please visit our Sponsor page to see how our community supports this festival and be sure to visit the City of Mauldin and Mauldin Cultural Center websites for more events throughout the year!

All proceeds from the Mauldin BBQ Cook-off support local nonprofit organizations.

What To Expect

Want to know what to expect before you get here? Download our printable guide for this event! Plus, A few notes to make your visit a smooth one:

  • Lawn chairs and/or blankets are welcome at the outdoor amphitheater.
  • Outside food and beverages are prohibited. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site.
  • Attendees must be age 21+ to consume alcohol. An ID and wristband ($1) will be required.
  • Dogs are allowed on leash. Please carry disposable bags to pick up any pet droppings.
  • Smoking, skateboards, and bicycles are not allowed at this event.

Event Schedule


6 p.m. | Festival Opens (Anything Butt Competition)*
6 p.m. | Kids Zone Opens
6 p.m. | Live Music – TBD
9 p.m. | Festival Closes

*Note: Food is served only while supplies last.


10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Blood Drive Begins
11 a.m. | Festival Opens (BBQ Cook-Off)*
11 a.m. | Kids Zone Opens
11 a.m. | Music – TBD
2:30 p.m. | Winners Announced
3 p.m. | Festival Closes

*Note: Food is served only while supplies last.

Cost of Admission

Admission, parking, live music, and kids zone are all free – you only have to pay to eat and drink!


Food Tickets | $1 each
Friday Food Items | 1-5 Tickets


Tasting Passes | $10 each
Note: One tasting pass has ten samples and allows one vote for People’s Choice. Each sample is 2 oz. of pulled pork.


Drink Tickets | $1 each
Soft Drinks / Water | 1 ticket each
Beer / Wine | 4-5 tickets each

This event is located at the Outdoor Amphitheater behind the Mauldin Cultural Center at 101 E Butler Rd, Mauldin, SC 29662.

Parking Info


We recommend parking at the following locations:

  • Mauldin Cultural Center – 101 East Butler Road
  • Mauldin City Hall – 5 East Butler Road
  • Mauldin Sports Center – 10 City Center Drive
  • Mauldin United Methodist Church – 100 East Butler Road


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Ally Stein
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101 East Butler Road
Mauldin, SC 29662 United States
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(864) 335-4862
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If you’re interested in keeping up with SC BBQ events throughout the year, check out our SC BBQ Events Calendar.