Cook Teams / Vendors / Volunteers

The Big Swamp Smoke-Off welcomes everyone!

Want to see if you got what it takes to WIN? Your Bar B Que will be Judged by Florida Bar-B-Que Association Certified Judges.

The Collier County Fair is proud to announce its Seventh Annual Big Swamp Smoke-Off Bar-B-Que competition. On January 5th a large contingent of the country's top cook teams will arrive in Naples to compete as the top cooks. Our one day event will include activities for the kids, live entertainment, and other vendors. The competition will take place at the Collier County Fairgrounds 751 39th Ave NE Naples, FL 34120. Admission is Free for adults and children.

To participate as a Cook Team, Become a Vendor, Judge or Volunteer Click Download Forms.


Professional Division

Professional cook teams from all over the United States compete for cash, and trophies. Professional Cook Teams associated with an approved BBQ association in addition to cash and trophies earn points on the Florida BBQ Association Contest Circuit. Compete in all four categories in order to win Grand Champion. The four categories are: Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, Pulled Pork.

To participate in this division cook teams need to fill out our application.


People's Choice Award

Professional Cook Teams are given a Boston Butt to prepare for competition. The general public will be voting on the tastiest Pork Butt presented. This is the only competition the general public will be able to taste your BBQ best so get out the rubs and sauces, this is the one that will make you famous. Winner receives bragging rights and a trophy.


Pro Division
  • Grand Champion $1,500
  • Reserve Champion $1,250
  • 3rd Overall $500
  • 4th Overall $450
  • 5th Overall $300
  • 6th Overall Ribbon
  • 7th Overall Ribbon
  • 8th Overall Ribbon
  • 9th Overall Ribbon
  • 10th Overall Ribbon
Prize Per Meat Categories
  • 1st Place $400
  • 2nd Place $300
  • 3rd Place $200
  • 4th Place $150
  • 5th Place $125
  • 6th Place $100
  • 7th Place $75
  • 8th Place $50
  • 9th Place $50
  • 10th Place $50
Peoples Choice
  • 1st Place Banner
  • No Charge. Each Team will be given a Boston Butt on Friday at the cooks meeting. They will be turned in at 10 am on Saturday and judged by the public

Cook Off Times

Saturday Jan 5th
  • Judges Meeting 9:30am
  • People's Choice Turn In (All Teams) 10:00am
  • Chicken Turn In 11:00am
  • Rib Turn In 12:00pm
  • Pork Turn In 1:00pm
  • Brisket Turn In 2:00pm
  • Awards 5:00pm