The aroma of slow-cooked barbeque fills downtown Hartselle the last weekend in July when barbeque connoisseurs gather together for a cook-off. One of Hartselle’s most anticipated annual events, the Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cook-off invites professional and amateur grill masters to show off their barbeque expertise as festival goers experience the excitement of a cook-off while shopping in the historic downtown area.
Presented by the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cook-off is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and the Alabama Barbeque Association (ABA). The cook-off attracts competitive chefs and backyard teams from across the South who compete for over $4000 in prize money including a $1,500 Grand Champion award. The event is the last opportunity to obtain points for the coveted Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue.
On Saturday, a variety of vendors fill the downtown area, and as barbeque chefs show off their grilling skills, festivalgoers can shop in the many specialty and antique shops located in the historic buildings downtown.