The Pig Cookin’ in Newport is a competition of 80+ cooks all trying to cook a perfect pig and use their secret sauce hoping to be judged # 1. There is food, free entertainment, crafts, rides and fun for the whole family.
The cooks get their hogs Friday evening after the Chief Cooks meeting at 7:00pm and it is up to them and their strategy as to when they start cooking. The judging will begin 8:00 Sat. morning. The judges go to each tent site and have a list to follow as to what they are looking for in a cooked pig. They mark their score sheets and all are tallied and the winners are announced around 1:00pm on Saturday.
After a pig is judged, it is taken to the chopping tent and workers there prepare it for the barbecue plates that start selling Sat. at 11:00am. The plates consists of chopped pork with our own barbecue sauce, eastern style, hushpuppies, baked beans and coleslaw. We have 2 serving lines and a drive through on the main street to keep the process moving quickly.