Category Archives: TOY Qualifier – Pro

Pro contests that Officially qualify for TOY points.

The Hayfield


BBQ competition at it’s roots. Join us in The Hayfield!

Outdoor KCBS sanctioned event. TOY qualifier.

King Turkey Day Logo

Smokin Gobbler Cook Off



Location: Worthington, MN

The Smokin Gobbler Cook Off takes place during our communities annual event, King Turkey Day! Competition includes all four KCBS meat categories plus Turkey.  Note: The festival has been cancelled, but the BBQ event is still planned.

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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!

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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