Backyard/Amateur Applications are open!
Compete against the top Backyard BBQ grillers!

Professionally sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), the competition features prizes awarded in the four traditional categories (Chicken, Ribs, Pork, Beef Brisket).

The Master Series is for professional chefs and businesses to apply and compete in, and the Backyard Competition is for anyone that's looking to prove they're champions of the grill.

The Backyard Amateur Competition will be hosted on FRIDAY, July 21, 2023. Competitors can arrive on-site for set-up on Thursday evening or early Friday morning, and will remain on-site until after the awards ceremony on Saturday. Please familiarize yourself with the KCBS competition rules prior to applying. A barbeque team information guide will be made available for further reference.

Backyard Amateur Competition – Grand Prize

  • FRIDAY, July 21, 2022

Interested in signing up or enrolling as a judge, see our information below!

Official KCBS Rules

If you want to attend the competition as either a Judge or Team participant, it's important to know the rules of this cookout. Review the rule-set for the category that you or your team plan on competing in. If there is enough interest, we will hold a BBQ judging class the day before the event.

Team Application

Think you have what it takes to claim the crown on this BBQ competition. Enroll you and your team, and let's cook! Make sure to correctly apply for the category you wish to compete in!

2023 Registration is now OPEN for the Backyard Series.