Monthly Archives: February 2016

Island Food Fest

Treasure Island Food Fest BBQ and Steak Cookoff

Location: Treasure Island Casino, Red Wing, MN


The Island Food Fest BBQ and Steak Cook-off will be held June 17-18 at Treasure Island Casino in Red Wing, MN, 40 minutes south of the Twin Cities.  The KCBS sanctioned BBQ contest will be held in conjunction with the Island Food Fest, a food-centric outdoor festival featuring over 100 artisan food producers, food vendors, craft beers and some of the hottest country music around!

Friday Night features an SCA Steak Cook-off competition, a People’s Choice Chili contest, a People’s Choice Appetizer contest and BBQ sauce contest.  The KCBS event has a total purse of $8,700 and the winners of the Steak, Chili and BBQ Grand Champion all receive Golden Tickets to compete in the World Food Championships this November in Orange Beach, Alabama.  The Steak winner also gets an invite to compete in the SCA World Steak Championship this October in Fort Worth, Texas.   KCBS Grand Champion gets invited to Great American Royal Barbeque in Kansas City and is also in the draw for the 2017 Jack Daniel’s World Championship.

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Smoke on the Waterfall

Smoke on the Waterfall

Location:  Redwood Falls, MN

More than just a barbecue competition, even more than a KCBS BBQ sanctioned event, this is a community gathering and will also feature vendors, live music, games, a beanbag toss competition, go karts, and so much more. Changed since last year, they have taken over the entire fairgrounds giving them a much larger space.

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Sam's Club National BBQ Tour

Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour

Location: Eagan, MN

Calling all BBQ Teams, Judges and Fans! For the seventh year in a row, KCBS and Sam’s Club® are proud to bring you the 2017 Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour as we tour the nation in search of the best BBQ pitmasters in the industry! The 2017 Tour will be stopping at over 30 different Sam’s Club locations across the U.S. where you can witness some of the best BBQ teams competing for their chance at a piece of the $500,000 prize purse!

07/21/2017 – 07/22/2017

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Lake Minnetonka BBQ & Beer Fest

Lake Minnetonka BBQ & Beer Fest

Location:  Tonka Bay, MN

This contest is a Minnesota State Championship and sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.  The Grand Champion will receive an invite to compete in the 2017 American Royal World Series of Barbeque Invitational in Kansas City, MO and will be in the drawing to for a chance to also compete at the prestigious 2017 Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational in Lynchburg, TN. There will also be beer sampling, food vending and non-food vendors!

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SMSU Smokefest Logo

SMSU Smokefest

Location: SMSU Campus – REC Lot, Marshall MN

Grand Champion: $2,000 + Trophy
Reserve Grand Champion: $1,250 + Trophy
Individual Category (Pork, Ribs, Chicken & Brisket): Up to $500 (Payouts 1st-10th place)

Competition barbecue teams from across the region travel to the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University located in Marshall, Minn., to compete in the annual SMSU Smokefest competition, a Minnesota
State Championship Event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Smokefest’s unique and family-friendly atmosphere makes it a region favorite.

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