9th Annual
Troy Pig Out

An official Empire State competition sanctioned by New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, citing New York pride in its place as the site of events that highlight the state and its tradition of excellence in offering unique foods and specialty dishes often based upon tried and true recipes that have endured through the generations. 

One of the most loved events in the Capital Region, the Troy Pig Out is a full day of fun where culinary competitors duke it out for best BBQ, and people flock to Riverfront park to taste some of the area’s best food.

New this year:

Ride the mechanical bull! 

Compete in a classic hot dog eating contest! 

Enter the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association “Pitch and Win” contest!

Stay for the fireworks!

Calling all Competitors & Judges

We are recruiting Barbeque enthusiasts to compete and judge in this year's competition! 


  • Grand Champion

  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que People's Choice Pork Rib

  • Mayor’s Choice

  • Best Pulled Pork

  • Best BBQ Chicken

  • Best Pork Rib

  • Best Beef Brisket

live music on the main stage

Big Sky Country

Big Sky Country

10:30am to 11:30am

12:00pm to 1:00pm

1:30pm to 3:00pm

3:30pm to 5:00pm

5:30pm to 7:00pm

7:30pm to 9:00pm

Hot Dog Eating Contest

Hembold's and Famous Lunch invite you to partake in the first ever Troy Pig Out Hot Dog eating contest!!

There will be three qualifying rounds: 11:30am / 1:00pm / 3:00pm. The finals round will take place at 7:00pm. There will be 5 contestants per round which are served plates of ten plain hot dogs at a time. There is a $10 non-refundable fee to apply. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older and will need to complete the liability waiver which should be return via events@troybid.org by Thursday, June 14th.

The first 15 entries with completed waivers will be accepted into the competition. 

Dinosaur BBQ People's Choice Awards

Your favorite Dinosaur BBQ People’s Choice Awards are back this year with $2 pork rib tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the information tent located at the entrance of Front Street, starting at 3:00pm and can be redeemed between 5:00pm and 6:30pm at any of the participating competitor booths. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pork ribs by 6:40pm!!

Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded after the final round of the hot dog eating contest at 7:15pm. The winners of the Troy Pig Out BBQ competition will be announced including best pulled pork, best beef brisket, best pork ribs, best BBQ chicken, the Dinosaur BBQ People’s Choice award winner, Mayor’s Choice, and the Grand Champion.

Congratulations to all of the 2016 winners!

2016 Troy Pig Out Grand Champion

2016 Troy Pig Out Grand Champion

1st Place Chicken :: Doc Bone's BBQ

2nd Place Chicken :: Yanni's Too Restaurant

1st Place Pork Ribs :: Doc Bone's BBQ

2nd Place Pork Ribs :: Mort's Meat Mafia

1st Place Beef Brisket :: Doc Bone's BBQ

2nd Place Beef Brisket :: Mort's Meat Mafia

1st Place Pulled Pork :: Doc Bone's BBQ

2nd Place Pulled Pork :: The Bull & Barrel Smokehouse Grill

2016 Grand Champion :: Doc Bone's BBQ

2016 Mayor's Choice Ribs :: The Corner Grill BBQ

2016 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que People's Choice :: Yanni's Too Restaurant

Congratulations to all of the 2015 winners!

$3,700.00 in cash prizes and trophies were awarded for 1st and 2nd Place in each meat category, Grand Champion, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que People's Choice, Mayor's Choice. The Grand Champion across all four meat categories wins their business branding on the label for the Troy Pig Out Championship Hickory Barbeque Sauce and Brown Sugar Bourbon Rub for the following year.  And don't forget the bragging rights!

Winner of the 2015 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que People's Choice

Winner of the 2015 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que People's Choice

1st Place Chicken :: Doc Bone's BBQ

2nd Place Chicken :: Mort's Meat Mafia

1st Place Pork Ribs :: Yanni's

2nd Place Pork Ribs :: Capital Q Smokehouse

1st Place Beef Brisket :: Doc Bone's BBQ

2nd Place Beef Brisket :: Mort's Meat Mafia

1st Place Pulled Pork :: Yanni's

2nd Place Pulled Pork :: Mort's Meat Mafia

2015 Grand Champion :: Doc Bone's BBQ

2015 Mayor's Choice Ribs :: Mort's Meat Mafia

2015 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que People's Choice :: Mort's Meat Mafia


We are currently accepting applications for food, craft, corporate, and non-profit vendors to fill the festival with high quality, diverse offerings. 

Application deadline
Wednesday, June 1

A BIG THANK YOU TO our Sponsors