This year, the N.C. Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship hits Raleigh on September 27-28. It’s a featured part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. The North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) sponsors and sanctions the state championship cook-off, oversees team qualification, and selects certified judges. NCPC is headquartered in Raleigh, where it supports and represents the state’s pork-producing industry.