BBQ competition at the 2014 FWC

Bass & BBQ at the Forrest Wood Cup

FLW is adding South Carolina flavor to the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup with its inaugural Bass & BBQ competition, presented by The State, as part of the FLW Expo outside the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC, Aug. 15-17. The 35-team BBQ competition is sanctioned by the South Carolina Barbecue Association and will be part of a yearlong points race to find the best barbecue in the state.

On Saturday, Aug. 16, fishing fans will have the opportunity to taste South Carolina’s best barbecue. A $5 donation will get you five tickets to redeem for samples from some of the teams competing. Awards for first through fifth place will be presented Saturday afternoon just before the Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in at Colonial Life Arena. We will also have state dignitaries judging Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to select the Celebrity Choice Award. All fans who buy sampling tickets will help determine the Fishermen’s Favorite Award, which goes to the team that collects the most tickets. The total payout for the competition is $8,000, with $3,000 going to the winning team. On Sunday, Aug. 17, teams will sell barbecue, allowing fans a chance to come back and buy their favorites.

The FLW Expo and Bass & BBQ event are FREE and open to the public Friday, August 15 – Sunday, August 17 from 10 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m. Live concerts will be part of the outside portion of the event all three days with Rodney Atkins bringing it home Sunday inside the Colonial Life Arena at 4 p.m. before the final weigh-in. Click the video below to see a preview of what barbecue competition in South Carolina is all about. This event is sure to be a ton of fun for the whole family and a great way to bring the flavor of South Carolina to the Forrest Wood Cup. Learn more about South Carolina's BBQ competition and camaraderie in this short film.

Bass & BBQ Event Schedule

Friday, Aug. 15

  • Competitors check-in, setup and receive competition meat to start cooking

Saturday, Aug. 16

  • 10 a.m. – Submit competition entries for judging
  • 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Judging by SCBA
  • 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Teams distribute 2-ounce samples to Forrest Wood Cup fans
  • 1:30 p.m. – Celebrity judging
  • 2 – 4 p.m. – Concert outside Colonial Life Arena
  • 4:35 p.m. – Winners announced in Colonial Life Arena

Sunday, Aug. 17

  • 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Teams sell BBQ to Forrest Wood Cup fans
  • 1 – 3 p.m. – Concert outside Colonial Life Arena

Send an email to if interested in participating.

Participating Teams as of July 30, 2014