If you ask my husband what one of the “crown jewel” events on Hilton Head Island is, he would tell you without a doubt, The Rib Burnoff! When we got married four years ago, our special day fell on the weekend of the Rib Burn Off and there was actual discussion (on his part, not mine) on giving our guests tickets to the event and hosting our reception there….but I digress
This annual event, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island, takes place the weekend after Mother’s Day at Historic Honey Horn and features the South’s best amateur and professional rib-burners, along with amateur (think you and me here) and professional judges. Restaurants clamor for the title of Best Ribs – Judges & Best Ribs – Crowd Choice and display their plaques in their restaurants and advertising all year long. It’s a fierce competition with the wide array of BBQ joints on Hilton Head and Bluffton – so make sure to vote early and often for your favorite!
A family friendly event, this year the Rib Burnoff will again feature an amazing kid’s area, complete with bouncy houses, slides, games, activities and more. The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum will be on hand for imaginative and educational arts & crafts. The Town of Hilton Head Fire Department will also be there with their fire-trucks. Admission to the kid’s area is free with your ticket to the event.
The Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island uses the proceeds from the Rib Burnoff to fund various children’s charities on the Island, so you can feel good about where your money is going while you are grubbing on Hilton Head Island’s best BBQ! Over $300,000 has been donated to the Lowcountry Community from the Kiwanis Club since their inception in 1984. The 2012 charitable contributions went to The Children’s Center, Boys and Girls Club, Coastal Discovery Museum, Week of Champions, Kids Triathlon, HH Swim Team, Boy Scouts, JROTC of HH/Bluffton, Sandbox, PEP, CAPA, Deep Well, People to People, Operation R&R, VIM, Room at the Inn & Marine Corps Scholarship Fund of Hilton Head.
If you go:
The Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island Rib Burnoff will take place on Saturday, May 18th in the fields at Historic Honey Horn
The event is from Noon – 4pm
Admission is $12 in advance, $15 at the gate
Beer, wine & soda, available for purchase
2012 Rib Burnoff Winners Included:
Smokehouse, One Hot Mama’s, Montana’s, Bombora’s Chill Grill, Sea Eagle Market and Coastal Carolina Catering in the professional category.
Motley Que, Hog Heaven and Rib King were winners in the amateur category.