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Open Competition

2019 American Royal World Series of Barbecue®

Open Contest:  Sunday, September 15, 2019 Invitational Contest:  Saturday, September 14, 2019 The World Series of Barbecue Open Competition is available to any team who can come down and show off their best barbecue skills! Teams compete in Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork (shoulder or Boston Butt) and Beef Brisket. In order to be eligible for Grand Champion, Open teams must turn in for all four categories. All teams must register online. Please be sure to read and review the team packet prior to registration.

Team Registration:

  • Early Bird Team Space Registration: Until March 31, 2019
  • Registration Opens: April 1, 2019
  • Returning teams must register by June 30, 2019 in order to honor their space from 2018. Space must be paid in full in order to honor space location.

If your team has questions about the contest, registration or general questions, please contact the BBQ team at [email protected]

2018 Invitational and Open Awards Ceremony Photos

Invitational Awards Ceremony Open Awards Ceremony

American Royal's Payout Policy

Required by KCBS to have all payouts within 10 days of the completion of the contest.

2018 Results