Category Archives: TOY Qualifier – Backyard

Backyard contests that Officially qualify for TOY points.

Get Busy LIVIN Music Fest Logo

The Get Busy LIVIN Music Fest (Cancelled for 2020)

*Cancelled for 2020, OFFICIAL 2020 TOY qualifier, Date moved to 2021*

Location: ERX Motor Park, Elk River, Mn

The annual #LIVIN Music Festival is back and better than ever. This event is a chance to raise funds to help bring awareness to mental health issues, reducing the stigma that surrounds suicide and to hopefully give help to those who are dealing with loss from suicide.

This year is a 2 day event!
Friday September 17th – This will be a relaxing afternoon/evening for volunteers, campers and BBQ
teams to relax and get to know new people. There will be free live music and more ideas in the works!
Saturday September 18th – This BBQ competition will include ribs and chicken categories.
Entry fee – ??

We have space for a minimum of 20 teams, so no need to worry.

Ribs – 10 St. Louis cut ribs provided to each team
Chicken – Each team will provide their meat for this category.
Awards – There will be a minimum of $1200 towards payouts, the more teams the bigger the payouts Plus trophy’s for 1 st – 3 rd in each category, plus 1 st place for People’s Choice.
Judging – We will have 6 judges again, with a minimum of 1 person being a certified KCBS judge and/or someone with vast experience in competitions to train our other judges, with the possibility of 1 or 2
celebrity judges.
Camping – Each team will get 1 spot to camp from Friday through Sunday morning, no hookups.
Music- This is by far a great way to spend your weekend. Friday there will be a concert (Great Band!) for all those attending. Saturday afternoon there also will be free live music from some amazing local Midwest artists. Plus at night on the main stage will be even bigger names with one national headliner.
Each team will receive 4 G.A. tickets for the main stage. During the people’s choice tasting feel free to make up your ‘specialty’ and hand out to the public, make this day fun for them and yourselves.
During the contest water will be available, but electricity not at this point.
To find out more about The LIVIN Foundation please check them out! 

Please email for questions and/or a signup form.

#LIVIN #reducethestigma #helphopehugs #youMATTer

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Knights of Columbus BBQ Rib & Chicken Back Yard Competition


Location: 9492 Baptist Road, Princeton MN

The Knights of Columbus #8571 on August 15th 2020 will be hosting the 2nd Annual BACK YARD TEAM OF THE YEAR RIB & CHICKEN BBQ COMPETITION! The 11th Annual KC Chaity Car Show & Swap Meet. Free Admission, Free Parking-Rain or Shine. See Flyer for more Information. Any Questions Call or email to Rick Schwartz 763-482-7182,

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B-Dale BBQ contest


Location: 2100 Dale St North Roseville MN

Annual Backyard BBQ contest sponsored by the B Dale club and Poolside in Little Canada.

See flyer for details B Dale BBQ Contest 2020

This Contest is a qualifier for MNBBQ Society for the backyard team of the year!

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Bring’n Home the Bacon – Double

*OFFICIAL: MN TOY 2020 QUALIFIER, 10-17, 10-18*

Location: N5334 Neshonoc Road, West Salem WI

The Bring’n Home the Bacon is a fun filled weekend for barbeque friends and family to get together to share great times and have a little competition as an add-on to the weekend of Oct 16-18, 2020. We offer children to participate in the fun Kids Q competition and adults to participate in the Sam’s Club SCA Steak Competition on Friday evening. Also, teams are more than welcome to join in the KCBS Master/Pro Series, Backyard, and/or the ‘Anything Bacon’ competitions on Saturday and Sunday. All of the events are held at the beautiful and spacious Neshonoc Lakeside Camp-Resort in West Salem WI – electricity and water available to all sites. All teams are invited to share their campsite with another team to help keep costs down. You will find great prize money awarded out to teams and surely will have fun with your friends and family at the Bring’n Home the Bacon BBQ Event !

The KCBS Pro Series and Backyard series are both MN BBQ Society Team of the Year qualifiers!

For more information please visit

Minnesota in Mayaugust (Minnesota in May)


Location: Isanti County Fairgrounds, Cambridge, MN

MiM will be held August 29th, 2020!

*Update 8/9/20*
Because of judging cancellations, mainly due to Covid concerns, we are placing a team cap of 48 for pro and 36 for backyard on MN in Mayaugust. This is to balance team count to the confirmed KCBS judge pool to ensure the highest standard of judging possible. A wait list will be in place once the cap has been reached, and teams from the wait list will be contacted when the amount of confirmed judges increases.  If you know of judges who may be interested in taking part we encourage you to steer them to to get signed up.
~MN in May Committee

Centrally located in the Cambridge area, this large contest features a KCBS and backyard competition. There is plenty of room  for those with a killer RV or rocking a tent!

$11,500 in prizes for the KCBS competition!

$2,500 in prizes for the Backyard competition!

20 amp electrical and water included!

Indoor awards ceremony!

Modern bathrooms and showers!

Plus, some really awesome teams! Join us!

Open to the public!

New this year

  • Live music Friday night with a beer garden!
  • First ever peoples choice competition on Friday night with cash prizes. Both chili and chicken competitions!  Unfortunately People’s choice has been canceled this year.


Not staying on the Fairgrounds? We have two hotels with rooms blocked for the event!

AmericInn by Wyndham North Branch, MN
38675 14th Ave, North Branch, MN 55056
Phone: 651.674.8627 | Fax: 651.674.8632
Group name is “MN in May BBQ”
Point of Contact: Teri Ferreira |

GrandStay Hotel & Suites Cambridge, MN
300 South Garfield Street, Cambridge, MN 55008
Group name: “mn in may bbq”
Point of Contact: Brandy
Tel: 763.689.0542 | Fax: 763.689.0950

KCBS Registration

Backyard Registration

Compart Kids Challenge

MiM Judges Sign-up

Contest Rules

KCBS Pro Rules
KCBS Backyard Rules

Pro and Backyard Letters

2020 MiM Pro Letter
2020 MiM Backyard Letter