Category Archives: KCBS

Rotary Rock-N-Ribs BBQ Event

Rock-n-Ribs Pro

Location: Oktoberfest Grounds – La Crosse, WI

The 2017 Rotary Rock-n-Ribs competition will be our first year to be a professional, full sanctioned, contest by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) and a State Championship Competition. The winner of our Rotary Rock-n-Ribs barbeque competition will get an automatic invite to the American Royal Invitational and in the Jack Daniels draw.

Entry Fees

The entry fee is $250.00 and covers all four (4) meat categories: Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder/Boston Butt, and Beef Brisket, along with a 30 amp power hookup and water near your site. No refunds. All teams are responsible for providing their own meat.


Total payout will be $10,000. Contestants must compete in all four meat categories to be eligible for overall awards. Plaque or trophies will be awarded to the Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, 3rd Place Overall and 1st through 3rd place winners in each category. Prize money will be awarded to the Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, 3rd Overall, and 1st through 10th places in each meat category. Payouts can only be decreased with KCBS Board approval and notification to the teams. Payouts can be increased at the organizer’s discretion. Payout listing is as follows:

Overall Scores

  • Grand Champion $1000.00 (Trophy or Plaque included)
  • Reserved Grand Champion $600.00 (Trophy or Plaque included)
  • Overall Scores $400.00 (Trophy or Plaque included)

Each Meat Category:

  • 1st Place $500.00 (Trophy included)
  • 2nd Place $400.00 (Trophy included)
  • 3rd Place $300.00 (Trophy included)
  • 4th Place $200.00
  • 5th Place $100.00
  • 6th Place $100.00
  • 7th Place $100.00
  • 8th Place $100.00
  • 9th Place $100.00
  • 10th Place $100.00

More information on rotary website:

King Turkey Day Smokin' Gobbler Barbeque Cook off

King Turkey Day Smokin’ Gobbler Barbeque Cook-Off

Location: Worthington, MN

This contest will be held in downtown Worthington, MN at the intersection of 9th Street & 4th Avenue. Directions. A state championship contest that is held in conjunction with Worthington’s largest town festival, King Turkey Day. This community event features many activities for the whole family including, a 10K run & 5K walk, a turkey race, parade, outdoor movie, midway, beer garden and much more! This is a KCBS sanctioned event.

Contact Information:

King Turkey Day, Inc.
1121 Third Avenue, Worthington, MN 56187


Up In Smoke BBQ Bash. May the fork be with you!

Up in Smoke BBQ Bash

Location: East Park, Mason City, Iowa

The Up in Smoke BBQ Bash is KCBS state championship just across the Iowa/Minnesota border, down Interstate 35.  Held in a beautiful park with a nearly $10,000 prizes.  The Up in Smoke BBQ Bash has great live music, activities for the kids, FREE admission and is a great weekend.  Join us!

KCBS Contest Registration:


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.

Click here for more information on the Island Food Fest!

Click here for team registration!

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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