Category Archives: Backyard

Rotary Rock-N-Ribs BBQ Event

Rotary Rock-N-Ribs Backyard

Date:  06/22/18 – 06/24/18

Location:   La Crosse Valley View Mall (JC Penny’s Parking Lot), 3800 State Road 16, La Crosse WI

The Rotary Rock-n-Ribs BBQ is located in a new location in La Crosse WI off I-90 at the La Crosse Valley View Mall, in the JC Penny’s parking lot.  Our event is bigger and better this year because our event is in conjunction with the Bassmaster Elite Series Fishing Tournament, where everyone can visit the Bassmaster Elite Series national vendors and watch the competitors’ bass be weighed on Saturday and Sunday.  The barbeque event consists of a SCA Steak Competition and KCBS Kids Q on Friday, June 22nd, KCBS Backyard and State Championship competitions are on on Saturday, June 23rd, and a Big Green Egg “Mystery Box” Challenge on Sunday, June 24th.  We will have plenty of food, bands, beer, and more!

KCBS Backyard competition prize money starts out $3000.  Limit 30 teams

20 amp electrical and water included!

Winners walk on the Bassmaster Elite Series stage!

Contact: Laurie Tweten at or website

Nisswa 2018 Contest Seal

Nisswa’s 13th Annual Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge

Location: Nisswa, MN

We Invite You to Join Us Saturday, September 15, 2018 for the 13th Annual
Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge & 45th Annual Nisswa Fall Festival Celebration

Please complete the attached application form (below) and send it back to us for your entry into the 13th Annual Nisswa Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge. We really hope you’ll join us! Enclosed is a sample schedule for the day and as you can see, we have lots of things going on during the Fall Festival, starting off with the Pancake Breakfast and RUN for HOPE 5K/10K run then KIDZONE opens for tons fun for the kids, followed with live outdoor music and of course – the BBQ CONTEST!
You’ll see on your BBQ application that you may pre-pay for the Pancake Breakfast. The regular cost for the Pancake Breakfast is $8 per person. BBQ competitors may pre-pay and get the Pancake Breakfast for just $5 per person. You don’t have to pre-pay, you can decide the morning of the contest, but if it works better for you to take care of it all at once; we’re giving you that option!
You also have the option to pre-pay for VIP BBQ tickets. For $30 per person you will get the VIP Package (see enclosed flyer for details). If you like, you may order it all at one time and return with your completed BBQ Entry Form.

INCENTIVE: Register your team by June 1, 2018 & receive 2 complimentary Pancake Breakfast passes.

If you have any questions please contact: Rachel Robinson ( or Shawn Hansen
( The phone number at the Nisswa Chamber office is 218-963-2620.

BBQ Challenge Application 2018

Schedule of Events 2018

BBQ Sales Prices Flyer

Ribs N Rides Big Lake

Ribs N Rides for the Ribbon 2nd Annual BBQ Cook-Off and Bike Rally

Location: Tootsie’s Tavern, Big Lake, MN
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Categories: Ribs (judged and people’s choice), Chicken (judged), Unique Eats (judged)
St. Louis style ribs and chicken thighs are provided.
Cash awards and trophies for all 4 categories!
Registration: $125 per team (space is limited to 25 teams)

Open To Public 12-5
Bike Rally, DJ, Silent Auction and Door Prizes!
All Proceeds go to Big Lake Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Thad Yuker 763-286-5821
Cassie Yuker 612-490-5528

Full flyer here: RIBS N RIDES 2017

Steamboat Days

Steamboat Days Carver Cookout

Date:  September 9, 2017

Location: Carver, MN

This is a Rib competition. Contestant must cook on site. Judging will be based on Taste, Tenderness, and Appearance.

  • Entry Fee: $50 per
  • Date & Time: September 9, 2017 Turn in 2pm
  • Check-in Starts: Saturday 7 am  Ribs will be provided
  • Turn in times: Ribs – 2pm
  • Judging Starts: 2pm

Click HERE for more information.

BBQ Cowboy

Delano Lanes BBQ Contest

Date:  September 23, 2017

Location:  Delano Lanes

$125 Entry Fee Covers All Meats!!

Click HERE for more information or to register.

Countryfest Oak Grove

CountryFest presents the 4th Annual RibFest

Location: St. Patrick Catholic Church, 19921 Nightingale St NW, Oak Grove, MN 55011

Entry Fee: $75 through August 30. $100 after August 30

Grand Champion: $1000.00

Reserve Champion: $400.00

People’s Choice: Free entry into CountryFest 2018 RibFest

Schedule of Events
9:00 am Registration
10:00 am Contest Pitmaster meeting
6:00 pm Rib turn-in
6:05 pm Public tasting
7:30 pm Winners announced under the Main Tent

Each team will be provided with 6 slabs of S. Louis Style Ribs for cooking. Each team must submit a minimum of 5 ribs for judging. Please see reverse for additional rules.

More information on the entire 3 day event can be found here.

Registration form for RibFest can be found here:
RibFest 2017 Bulletin Insert (005)

Bear Cave Backyard BBQ Bash

Bear Cave Backyard BBQ Bash

Location: Stewartville, MN
Date: September 23, 2017

20 team event including a People’s Choice competition.

Teams will be provided 4 racks of ribs for the regular part of the competition and smaller pork butts for the people’s choice.

The local Fairway Foods has agreed to help us with the meat and getting that lined up. Live bands will play later in the day and many other events going on as well!

More information can be found here.

Tally's Blues Fest

BBQ Throw Down

Location: White Bear Lake, MN
Date: September 10, 2017

Calling all of your Backyard BBQ RIBS Smoking Chefs – Gather up your team of friends or neighbors for a BBQ Throw Down Competition.

“Now it is time to show off your BBQ smoking skills – Iron Chef White Bear Style”

Entry Deadline Monday August 28th, 2017

Entries are scored in three area:


More information can be found here.