Competition Information

The 37th Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue® presented by Smithfield was held on October 26-30, 2016 at the Kansas Speedway.  Stay tuned for 2017 dates and location.

The World Series of Barbecue is the largest barbecue competition in the world bringing teams together from over ten countries to compete for the title of Grand Champion!

Media Pass Requests - Please email Tami Parr at [email protected] with your name, affiliation, contact information, and number of passes needed.

  • The event will be held on the infield at the Kansas Speedway. Teams can begin load-in on Wednesday, October 26th at 8:00am. Load in must be complete by 12:00pm on Friday, October 28th.


  • Does your team host a great party on Friday night? A panel of judges will visit each participating tent on Friday evening during specified times to pick the Party of the Year! To be eligible to participate in the 2016 American Royal Party of the Year Contest, contestants must enter a division: Individual or Corporate.


  • The Legends Program at the American Royal is a loyalty program for teams who have participated in the World Series of Barbecue® for multiple years. Teams reaching five (5), ten (10) or twenty (20) year anniversary will received a commemorative flag/banner. All teams who have participated for twenty-plus (20+) years will be automatically entered into the Legends Contest!



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