• The World Series of Barbecue is an all ages weekend event. Friday night hosts the biggest party of the year and some tickets (Party of the Year) require attendees be 21 or over. Saturday is family friendly!
  • Friday – children’s tickets will be available for pre-purchase and at the door. Children must be under 12 in order to use a children’s ticket. Anyone found over the age of 12 using the children’s ticket will be charged the full amount per ticket at walk up price. Children under 5 are free.
  • Saturday – children’s tickets will be available for pre-purchase and at the door. Children must be under 12 in order to use a children’s ticket. Anyone found over the age of 12 using the children’s ticket will be charged the full amount per ticket at walk up price. Children under 5 are free.
  • Teams host families, friends and colleagues in their team spaces on Friday night for events and parties. Entry into these spaces are at the discretion of the team.
  • If you do not have a team space to join, the event will have live music, beer/cocktail garden, fireworks and other events in the public activation area, west of the team spaces, to enjoy the activities of Friday night.
  • The World Series of Barbecue competition is NOT a food sampling event. This event is a barbecue competition for teams from around the world. Teams/Tents will not provide samples to the general public.
  • Other food and beverage will be available for purchase at the event (cash and/or credit).

The World Series of Barbecue is the largest barbecue competition in the world. We will host over 400 teams from more than 7 countries. This not only a wonderful competition, but also the largest fundraiser for the American Royal and the proceeds of this event go back to our mission for educational events in agriculture and scholarships.

  • Yes, you must have your ticket to enter the grounds. When you purchase your ticket online through E-tix you will be sent an electronic ticket. You may either print this option or bring your ticket, electronically to the gate.
  • If you purchased VIP Parking or RV Parking, your ticket will not be included in your email. Your vehicle pass will be mailed to you, to the shipping address provided, prior to the event.
  • Step one: Nominations are received via the online nomination form that is open from June to April. Anyone is encouraged and welcome to nominate an individual for this pristine honor.
  • Step two: Once the nomination timeline for that year is complete (April), the nomination period will close and all nominations that were received + nominations that were received for the two previous years are reviewed by the nominating committee.
  • Step three: During the month of May, the nominating committee will review, research, and narrow down the nominations to the top 9 semi-finalists. These semi-finalists are selected by their overall commitment and impact to the BBQ community.
  • Step four: Once the 9 semi-finalists are selected, they go through the final voting process. The final voting process occurs in May and each individual from the nominating committee + each living inductee is allowed to vote for three individuals to be inducted.
  • Step five: Once all the results are in, the top three semi-finalists who received the most votes become the new inductees for that year and are announced at the end of May.

Three individuals are inducted each year. Prior to 2017, the individuals inducted were in one of three separate categories: Business/Industry, Celebrity/Humanitarian, and Pitmaster. In 2017, the specific categories were removed and nominees were selected based on overall impact to the world of BBQ as many of the nominees represented more than one category.

  • All vehicles will park on the West side of the track.
  • Take I-70 to exit 110. Head West on Speedway Boulevard and enter the track via France Family or Darlington.
  • Do not take 435 to State Ave. This will cause you to be backed up in traffic.
  • General Parking is $10/per vehicle – CASH ONLY and will be located on the West side of the Speedway.
  • VIP Parking and Preferred spots are available for purchase.
  • It is recommended to arrive early on Friday to avoid traffic.
  • A map will be available on our website prior to the event that shows transportation routes and parking lots to use.
  • ADA parking will be available. Please purchase gate entry ticket prior to arrival for ease of transportation into the venue.
  • Trams (limited) will be available at a designated tram stop to bring attendees into the infield.
  • If you are bringing a stroller, it is advised that you pre-purchase your tickets and ride the tram into the infield.
  • Weapons of any kind are prohibited
  • Security checks will be at the doors to check bags
  • No live animals, except aides to persons with disabilities are allowed at any time
  • Golf carts, motorized coolers, 3 or 4-wheelers or motorcycles. Rickshaws, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, Segway’s, hover boards and bicycles are also prohibited
  • Drones and/or any flying objects are prohibited
  • Alcohol is not permitted through gate entry
  • Single day and weekend entry tickets only get you entry into the event. Included in the ticket price: Entertainment on the main stage throughout the weekend, fireworks on Friday, Cowtown Family Fun Fest on Saturday, and entry into the Beer/Cocktail Gardens, and the Car Show. Additional activities available include food trucks, all entertainment and activities on the main stage, BBQ Marketplace, and more.
  • There are different ticket options available for specific VIP experiences.
  • Gates open Friday at 3:00pm and Saturday at 11:00am.
  • Please check the Schedule of Events to find what time each of the events, included in your ticket begin.
  • The World Series of Barbecue place on the infield of the Kansas Speedway. General Public parking is located outside, on the West side of the Speedway. The main entrance into the infield is through the main gates, down the stairs of the Speedway grandstands.
  • It is not the easiest area to traverse for guests with disabilities but we do our best to make it as accessible as possible.
  • Designated handicap parking spaces will be available in the ADA lot in the General Public Parking lot and ADA compliant vehicles will drive guests from the parking lot into the inside of the Speedway to a drop off location. There will not be additional ADA/Transportation provided inside the event.
  • Families with strollers/young children are advised to purchase tickets in advance and ride the tram into the infield.

April 14th, 2019

May 29, 2019

The Barbecue Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is held during the American Royal World Series of Barbecue®. It will take place on the main stage on Saturday, September 14, 2019 before the Awards Ceremony for the Kids Que and Invitational BBQ Contests. For more information on the ceremony and Hall of Fame events, visit BBQ HOF Events.

Current Barbecue Hall of Fame Nominating Committee members and past living Barbecue Hall of Fame inductees. Check back soon for information on the nominating committee.