Smokin’ Bacon at Knightdale Station

Smokin’ Bacon at Knightdale Station

See below for more information.

Eli Barnhill’s Project

My name is Eli Barnhill, Life Scout with Troop 347, Knightdale, NC.  I have been in Scouting for the last 12 years, starting as a Cub Scout at age 6, ranking into Boy Scouts at the age of 11, and since completing successive ranks, I’m now working to complete requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor.  I have also been cooking and competing BBQ, both whole hog and KCBS, with my Dad’s team, “Black Iron Smokin’ BBQ”, for many years. In 2019, at the age of 15, I started my own competition team, the “Sons of Bacon” with two additional youth, and now we also compete professionally on the North Carolina Pork Council Whole Hog Series circuit. I have found within the competition BBQ community the most generous and giving people I have ever met, and am honored to consider them my friends.  Because of their generosity and encouragement, I have chosen as my Eagle Scout Leadership Project, in partnership with the Town of Knightdale Parks and Recreation Department, to organize a BBQ festival and competition, donating the final BBQ product to Northside Community Church/Northside Compassion Project for distribution to the community.  Their fund raising efforts will help to continue their mission of serving homeless and less fortunate in our community with opportunities and temporary housing.  Thank you for visiting our event website.

Cook Teams

Become a Sponsor

Barbecue from this event is being donated to the Northside Compassion Project, Knightdale, NC, providing opportunities and temporary housing for our community homeless.

For more information contact Eli Barnhill at or 919-868-1155

Town of Knightdale Parks and Rec.

Thank You to all of our Sponsors

GrillBillys, Wendell, NC

Bone Suckin’ Sauce, Apex, NC

Wake Stone, Knightdale, NC

Omer G. Ferrell & Son Grading Company Inc., Cary, NC

Puryear Trucking Inc.

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