8th Annual Chili Cook Off & HomeBrew Contest

Battle in the 'Boken





The 8th annual Hoboken Chili Cook Off & Homebrew Contest, hosted by TRUE Mentors, Hoboken's only one-to-one mentoring program. Help us raise $20,000 and support our mentoring program. Join us on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 and bring your taste buds and best beer-drinking buddies to Our Lady of Grace, located on the corner of 4th and Willow. The Battle in the Boken' takes place from 2-6pm. Enjoy live music by Gravy Train, chili and beer samples and of course some heated competition!

100% of the proceeds go directly towards the children of Hoboken!  

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The Chili & Homebrew contest is FREE to enter. The competitions are judged separately; each category a separate judges panel. The categories this year are:

  • Judges Choice
  • Fan Favorite 
  • Brewer's Choice 

The Judges Panel will award 1st and 2nd place prizes to the top chili & beer entries.

The Brewer's Choice Award, sponsored by Departed Soles, will have his or her beer brewed and on tap at Departed Soles Brewery for a month! 

The Fan Favorite is awarded to the Chili & Beer chosen by the fans! 

Winners of the Judges Choice & Fan Favorite Award Winners will receive gift certificates from local Hoboken businesses, a trophy and of course the glory of winning the 2017 Battle in the Boken'

Last year we had over $4K in prizes and raised $10,000 for the children of Hoboken!

Your donations make a difference Mentors Make a difference. Help support a great cause and make this year our best fundraiser yet! 

Tickets - $45

Cash/Credit/Debit will be accepted at the door.

If you would like to sponsor the event, check out our sponsorship options online or email katie.eades@truementors.org for more information. 


1. To enter you must register online.  

2. Entry fee is free to submit chili/beer. We just ask that you make enough chili to fill two regular size crock-pots of chili or more. We expect a large number of guests and you will be serving each guest a 3 oz serving. Beer contestants that want to have their beer entered in the judges contest must drop off a sample for the official judge test two weeks prior to the event at Finnegans in Hoboken or Thirsty Quaker in Jersey City.  Judging will be done the Saturday before the event. To be considered for the Judge's contest, paricipants must drop off beer no later than March 5th, 2017. Email andrew@902brewing.com for more information.

3. Each chili team includes two general admission tickets. If you have more than 2 people on your team we ask that they buy an admission ticket.

4. Chili must be brought to the Our Lady of Grace Gym at 411 Willow Ave in your CROCK POTS by 12:30 PM Saturday March 11th. You will have space to set-up your chili on a table.

5. Each chili team must man and distribute their chili to general attendees.  Please bring your own serving spoon or ladle, power strip and extension cord. 

6. You must label your chili with the kind of chili you made and spice temperature.

Examples Include:


Beef Chili/ Hot

Turkey Chili/ 4 Alarm Fire

Chicken Chili/ Mild

7. You can also "name" your chili such as Southwest or Texas or give it a creative team name.  All names MUST be considered appropriate.

8. Bring a list of your ingredients (not for display) just in case someone with allergies asks for a list, you do not have to list quantities of ingredients.


Event Sponsor

Habanero Pepper Sponsors - $1,000

Serrano Pepper Sponsors - $500

HomeBrew Contest Sponsors

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  • Sponsorship - $500 - Feb 17, 2017

  • Hoboken Grace - $500 - Jan 25, 2017

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