Competition Information

The 38th American Royal World Series of Barbecue® will be held August 31 - September 3 at the Kansas Speedway.

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 Open and Invitational Grand Champion!

Team registration will open on May 1st. Check back for the team information packet and registration form.

Media Pass Requests - Media Passes will be available by request. Please email Tami Parr at [email protected] with your name, affiliation, contact information, and number of passes needed. Media Passes must be requested prior to the event date.

  • The event will be held on the infield at the Kansas Speedway. Teams can begin load-in on Wednesday, August 30th at 8:00am. Load in must be complete by Friday, September 1st at 12:00pm.


  • Does your team host a great party on Friday night? If so, then your team is eligible to be named the 2017 Party of Year! On the registration form please note if your team is interested in competing for the title of Individual or Corporate Party of the Year.


  • 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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