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Where I can I stay if I am coming from out of town?

Please consider booking your stay with our hotel sponsor, Holiday Inn Express.  Special discounted rates are available.  Book your room online or calling the hotel directly at 919-367-3636.

Where should I park the day of the event?
This year we are providing even more convenient parking options including free shuttle buses.  For a complete list of parking options, visit the Parking page of this website. 


Limited handicapped parking is available in the parking lot across from the Apex Police Department: 205 Saunders St, Apex, NC.  Approach the parking lot from the West (Hwy 55 side) as the street will be blocked off from Salem St.

Can I buy competition BBQ from the teams?
No.  Cook teams are not allowed to sell directly to the public per health department regulations. However, the Apex Sunrise Rotary Foundation will be selling BBQ donated by various teams to the general public which is in compliance with regulations.


Can I watch the cook teams cook?
Yes, the cook team area is open to the public. Just keep in mind that the cook teams take this very seriously, and may not have much time to talk as they get ready to turn in their entries.


How does the contest work?
Cook teams compete in four different categories (beef brisket, ribs, chicken and pork). Judges use appearance, taste and texture to grade each food and give it a score. The judges do not know who cooked the food they judge. The team with the highest overall score is declared Grand Champion. Winners are also declared in each of the four categories.


What is the Apex Sunrise Rotary Foundation?
The Apex Sunrise Rotary Foundation is the non-profit arm of the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club. It is the official presenter of the Peak City Pig Fest.


What is the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club?
The Apex Sunrise Rotary Club is one of two Rotary Clubs located in Apex. The club meets every Tuesday morning  7:15 AM to 8:15 AM at  MacGregor Downs Country Club, 430 St Andrews Lane, Cary, NC 27511


What does State Championship mean?
The Peak City Pig Fest has been proclaimed a North Carolina State Championship by the Governor. There can be more than one State Championship held in the state. The winners of all of the State Championships are entered into a drawing to determine the state’s representative to the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue. In 2012, North Carolina was represented by the Grand Champion of the Peak City Pig Fest, Pelletheads.com. Quite an honor for our first year!


Why are you sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society when it is held in North Carolina?
The KCBS is the largest sanctioning body of BBQ competitions in the country, with more than 4,000 sanctioned events held throughout the year. Sanctioning is necessary for the Grand Champion to be eligible to compete in the American Invitational and the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue.


What is the difference between a Boston Butt, Shoulder and Pulled Pork?
The Boston Butt is the cut of meat mostly above the shoulder. The significant cut of shoulder is called just that, the pork shoulder. The cut of shoulder that has the hock attached is called the picnic or picnic ham.


Is the Peak City Pig Fest free?
YES – it is. Bring the whole family! We’d love to have you.


Are Dogs Allowed?

Per Town of Apex ordinance, no dogs are allowed.


How did the Peak City Pig Fest start?
The idea of the Peak City Pig Fest was first discussed in March 2011, as the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club sought to create a signature fund-raising event. Several members began researching the possibility of creating a world-class BBQ competition. Over the next few months, the event began to take shape. Official sanctioning and a date were obtained from the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) and the Town of Apex agreed to close Salem Street in Historic Downtown Apex as well as provide other resources to make the event a success. The inaugural Peak City Pig Fest was held on June 21, 2012.


What is a rub?
A rub, believe it or not, is just that. A mix of seasonings and spices that are rubbed into the meat before cooking.

What is the difference between smoking, grilling and barbequing?
Grilling uses propane and barbequing uses a fuel source of either charcoal, wood or both. Smoking is either adding wood to the heating element or using wood as the primary source of fuel regardless of barbequing or grilling.

Why cook with wood and does different wood really make a difference?
Used correctly wood can add a nice subtle flavor to meats. Combined properly with rubs the end result is a meat with a flavor profile all its own.