In order to be eligible for the 2018 Invitational Contest, teams are required to have won a Grand Champion from a qualifying contest through one of our partnering sanctioning bodies prior to July 1, 2018.
All teams invited to compete in the Invitational Contest are required to cook in both the Invitational and the Open Meats Contest.
For more information on the 2019 qualifying contest criteria, international contest criteria, or on becoming a partnered sanctioning body with the American Royal, please review the following documents:
Required by KCBS to have all payouts within 10 days of the completion of the contest.
The 2018 American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Invitational Contest hosted 164 of some of the most talented teams from across the world. The contest was held on September 15, 2018 and Bunch of Swines took the highest honor of Grand Champion. See photos and results from 2018 below.