Open Competition

2018 American Royal World Series of Barbecue®

Open Contest:  Sunday, September 16, 2018
Invitational Contest:  Saturday, September 15, 2018

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.

Additionally, teams can compete in each category alone, a Sausage category, a Turkey category, a Pork Loin category, sides and/or desserts.

All teams must register online. Please be sure to read and review the team packet prior to registration. Additionally, below you will find links to order additional items for the event, a reference guide for first time teams, KCBS rules and regulations, information for the open meat auxiliary contests, and more!

The American Royal is excited to announce that this year, we will have the largest purse in the BBQ circuit: $127,560. Register today for your chance at a piece of the purse!

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

American Royal's Payout Policy

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

2018 Results