Competitions – Barbecue Tricks BBQ Tips and Tricks Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:23:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Competitions – Barbecue Tricks 32 32 Competition BBQ Calendar Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:14:22 +0000 Make your plans for the biggest Barbecue Cookoffs in the USA. Here are a few of the biggest cooking contests with links to find your local and state events.

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Here are a few of the biggest barbecue competitions and their scheduled dates and times.   The biggest three – Memphis in May, American Royal, and The Jack Daniels Invitational get special attention at the top of our list with links to your local and state organizations below.    Link to individual sites for more on becoming a BBQ judge for specific sanctioning organizations.

If you’d like to recommend an upcoming tournament just post it in the comments below or notify us via email at!

May  –Memphis in May’s World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is May 13-15, 2010

June – Helen Ross McNabb Center of East TN.  will be hosting an Annual BBQ Bash in June. The information is as follows:  June 11, 2011 at  The Shed @ Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell, Maryville, TN  Benefiting the Helen Ross McNabb Center More Here

Aug Smokin’ Eagles International Competition

September – The American Royal Barbecue is the opening event of the American Royal and the season finale for the competitive circuit. Spreading over 20 acres in Kansas City’s historic Stockyards District, and with nearly 500 teams competing in four culinary contests, The Royal is the largest barbecue contest in the world. Combine this with a barbecue-related trade expo, this two-day food festival is truly the “World Series of Barbecue.”

September – Labor Day Weekend (Sat and Sunday of the holiday weekend) BBQ and Bluegrass, BooneHall Plantation, SC (looks like they have paused this annual event)






Big BBQ Bash — Greenback, TN is Back for its 4th Consecutive Year Benefiting the Helen Ross McNabb Center.   The 2010 Big BBQ Bash is set for Oct 15 -16 at Maple Lane Farms, Greenback, TN. The event is AN amateur barbecue cook-off and fundraiser for the Helen Ross McNabb Center, CREATED by the Leadership Blount Class of 2007.    To register an amateur BBQ team or for sponsorship and vendor information, please visit the official event website,

Prepare to Be Judged

The Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational BBQ is an international event like no other. Taking place in the tiny town of Lynchburg Tennessee (population 400, plus or minus), the event draws 35 BBQ teams and BBQ judges from around the world to compete for the US$15,000 in prizes.

Arizona Barbecue Association (ABA)

California Barbecue Association (CBA)

Florida Barbecue Association (FBA)

Greater Houston Barbecue Society (GHBBQS)

The Greater Omaha Barbecue Society (GOBS)

International Barbecue Cookers Association (IBCA)

The Iowa Barbecue Society (IABBQ)

Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS)

Lone Star Barbecue Association (LSBA)

Memphis in May (MIM)

Mid-Atlantic Barbecue Society (MABBQA)

Mosquito County (FL) BBQ Society (MCBBQ)

National BBQ Festival

New England Barbecue Association (NEBA)

Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association (PNWBA)

Southern Barbecue Network (SBBQN)

South Carolina BBQ Association (SCBA)

Texas Gulf Coast BBQ Cookers Association (TGCBCA)

World Barbecue Association (WBA)

Remember to post your cookoff with a comment below and we’ll add it to the list.

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Zac Brown Food Festival Sun, 01 Jun 2014 18:32:46 +0000 Zac Brown has a unique food festival set to return to South Carolina...

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Just announced – another Zac Brown Music and Food Festival for October – here’s a look at the 2013 event.

If you like the look of the STAGE Boxes shown in the video… act fast… the special all you can eat and drink seating sold out last year and the 2014 tickets JUST went on sale — more HERE

You can usually find some great BBQ or other Southern fare from a bunch of local vendors (and Zac himself).

Not a BBQ competition… but definately a good time when weather in SC is at it’s best.

zac brown food

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Award Winning Chicken for BBQ Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:11:23 +0000 Learn how to compete in Chicken for BBQ including appearance tips and prep tricks.

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chicken appearanceIf you’re a first timer trying your hand in a big time BBQ competition you’re in luck.  Our weekly podcast at has put together a few quick videos to help you get started smart.  Save yourself some time and money and watch how to present competition chicken here.

The Kansas City Barbecue Society is the world’s biggest sanctioning organizations and a few skillful pit masters attempt to make a living traveling from contest to contest (some call it a circuit) trying to win the most prize money.  Some of the contest pay thousands.  But it’s not a very cheap barrier to enter.  Contest fees, travel, food costs, and yeah beer, all add up.  Especially if you don’t walk to get a trophy.

So here’s a few ways to jump ahead of the pack in chicken.  Our latest video walks you through the “presenting” or appearance of Chicken for BBQ.  Dig deeper for a really nice  Chicken skin prep primer.

And here’s our YOUTUBE playlist for all things chicken.

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Rib Cook Off Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:08:09 +0000 GrateTV breaks down a Rib Box for your next Rib Cook Off

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rib cook offRib cook offs are plentiful during the summer months.  There’s not a big thrteshold to entry.  Pay the fee and cook.  However if you REALLY want to have a chance at winning a Rib Cook off you need to know how to correctly present your ribs to the panel of judges to insure a top score on appearance.

Rib Cook offs usually are judged by the categories taste, tenderness and appearance.  Taste is the the toughest to nail.  Tenderness can be perfected with a disciplined and scientific approach to the cook.  The judges want the bite to come off the bone clean with a gentle tug and have the bone quickly turn white underneath leaving a perfect half circle bite mark (not fall off the bone as most people think).

The appearance criteria and rules differ with different sanctioning organizations (in KBCS you can us garnish – others do not allow).

The weekly podcast took a deep dive into boxing BBQ ribs for the perfect Appearance score and Jack Waiboer walked us through the method to his Rib cook off madness.

“Appearance is the easiest category to get right,” he says and shows us a real KCBS box at a competition at Sams Club in South Carolina.

Also remember you can’t mark the box in any way.  You are not allowed any pooling of sauce and please make sure there are no hairs in the box.  Even basting brush hairs will kill your appearance score at a rib cook off.

Other common mistakes include late turn in (submitting your rib box after your allowed time) and not including enough samples for each of the judges on a table.  Waiboer talks about six or eight in this video. Your specific contest will tell you an exact number of judges you’ll need to feed.  Just one bone short will knock you out of the running to win.

Remember for appearance judging the taste of the ribs makes no difference to your score.  Too many times a great tasting submission will lose a competition due to just being dumped in the box.   It happens in almost every professional judged rib cook off.

Waiboer also says one barbecue trick to help see any imperfection in the final minutes is to take a close up photo of the box and  scan it for something you may have missed.  It helps take a step back from the table and also serves as a nice piece of research history when reviewing scores or planning your next competition.

Taste and tenderness can be perfected over time but appearance is something you can nail down in your first rib cook off or competition.  Watch the video and tell us in the comments if you have a trick to winning a rib cook off.


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Chicken For BBQ – GrateTV Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:21:20 +0000 GrateTV fires up competition Chicken for BBQ

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chickenthighsCompetition BBQ season has fired up and GrateTV is sharing the best tips and tricks on chicken for BBQ.

This week it’s a sample look at the Carolina Pit Master’s Barbecue Cooking School class on competition chicken with Seth Watari.

Seth dissects (literally) the chicken thigh and shows a trick for perfecting bite through chicken for BBQ and presenting a KCBS (Kansas City BBQ Society) competition Chicken box.


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