Slicing RibsGrill Games has $9,600 in prize money in seven categories of competition!

  • $7,000 for the KCBS Barbecue Contest (Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork, and Beef Brisket)
  • $1,400 for the People’s Choice (1st place – $1,000)
  • $600 for the Dessert Competition (1st place – $400)
  • $600 for the Anything Goes Competition (1st place – $400)

Grill Games will be home to over 30 professional and amateur BBQ teams from around the country competing for nearly $10,000 in prize money. Come down to Grill Games on Friday night to see the teams setting up and preparing for the competition. They’ll be easy to find— follow the delicious smell of barbecue! Saturday morning, from when the gates open at 10am until noon the teams will be preparing their food for judging. Turn-in is at noon, with judging following shortly thereafter. Winners will be announced Saturday night at 4:30pm.

2016 KCBS Results


Want to try what they’re cooking?

You’re in luck! The People’s Choice Competition runs from 2:00 until 4:30 on Saturday. Participating KCBS BBQ Teams will be offering up samples of pulled pork. There will be plenty to sample, and you get to vote for your favorite! The winner will take home $1,000 in prize money, with second place receiving $400. Tasting cards are only $10! Cards will be for sale online starting in July, and will also be available at the information tent inside the main gate at Grill Games on Friday or Saturday. More information on this tasting (and another, featuring local restaurants and caterers on Friday) is available on the Food & Drink tab.


2017 Participating Teams

  • Registration is currently open!

Register your Team!


About the KCBS

new-kcbs-logoThe Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, is the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 19,000 members worldwide.

KCBS sanctions over 450 barbeque contests worldwide. From volunteering to actual event production, their members also offer assistance to civic and charitable organizations who organize events.

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