Barbecue Judging Opportunities


Application Process

Judges application MUST be filled out online – no email or phone entries will be accepted. You may judge more than one contest. Only one form needs to be completed to judge for the World Series of Barbecue. You will be asked on the form which contest(s) you are applying to participate in. Select all that you are interested in judging. Judges who have applied for the 2020 World Series of Barbecue will be notified no later than end of July if they have a confirmed seat and/or are on the waiting list.

Notes about Judging: Judges are encouraged to sign up to judge more than one event (with the exception of Open Sides and Kids Que due to timing). Filling out an application does not guarantee you a spot judging or as a table captain. Questions? Email the BBQ Team at [email protected].

Applications for judging the 2020 American Royal World Series of Barbecue will be available online in April. If you would like to be notified once these are published online, please CLICK HERE.


Interested in judging one of the American Royal Spring BBQ Events? Join us for one or all of these upcoming judging opportunities:

  • Backyard BBQ & Steak Cook-Off – March 20-21, 2020 at the American Royal
  • 2020 American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Rub Contest  – April 26, 2020 at the American Royal
  • 33rd Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Sauce Contest  – May 3, 2020 at the American Royal

Please fill out the application that corresponds to the event you’re interested in. Each event requires a separate application.

Backyard BBQ & Steak Cook-Off Application Rub Contest Application Sauce Contest Application Judging Classes