Smokin' on the Rails is an SBN Sanctioned BBQ Competition that is a part of the City of Clinton's Annual Rhythm on the Rails Spring Festival.
All competitors must follow SBN rules and regulations (see link listed below.)
Additionally, teams are responsible for observing prudent temperature and sanitary requirement as specified by SCDHEC. You may access a copy of SCDHEC guidelines for food service at special events at the web link listed at the end of of this information or by visiting your local SCDHEC office for a hard copy. Be sure to look at Chapter 9-9 for event specific information. Also, take a look through the fact sheets listed on the website for food safety information. PLEASE NOTE THAT AN EVENT AUTHORIZATION FORM WILL BE SUBMITTED TO SCDHEC WITH YOUR INFORMATION. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THEY WILL INSPECT, BUT THEY CAN SO PLEASE BE PREPARED.
All teams in Smokin' on the Rails BBQ Contest must be registered and paid to compete in the contest. You may season or prepare your meat as you see fit, however; all entries must be prepared and cooked at the Rhythm on the Rails festival in the designated cooking area.
Rules in attition to SBN guidelines:
1. Each team will consist of a Pitmaster, Alternate Pitmaster and as many assistants as the Pitmaster deems necessary.
2. Each team will provide a grill/cooker to be used exclusively by that team within the confines of the team's assigned cooking space.
3. Each team will bring their own products, including meat, seasonings, and cooking equipment. Meat must be inspected prior to teams preparing the meat.
4. All seasoning and cooking of the product shall be done within the confines of the team's assigned cooking space.
5. Registration fees include a 15x25 space. Additional space to extend to 15x50 is available on a first request basis for an additional $50.00
6. Contestants must adhere to all fire, health, and other codes, whether local, county, state, or federal.
7. All contestants are expected to respect the rights of other teams. Profane language or infringement of another team WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.
8. All teams must comply with the City's quiet hour ordinance, and therefore the use of radios or amplifying equipment will not be allowed during quiet hours of 11 pm to 7 am.
9. All teams must comply with City and State alcohol laws of no open containers unless purchased from the event during event hours.