Rub Contest

Do you have a BBQ rub worthy of being named the best BBQ rub on the planet? The American Royal is excited to announce the World Series of Barbecue® Rub Contest, presented by Old World Spices, Inc., will be hosted on May 11th, 2019.

Rub Entry Information:

  • There will be a maximum capacity of 200 entries for the contest
  • Rub Entries must be received at the American Royal offices by May 3, 2019
  • Categories: Mild and Hot
  • Please read and review the Contest Information Packet below prior to registering


Rub Contest Information Packet
Rub Contest Registration

The 2019 Rub Contest Judging will take place at the American Royal Complex on May 12th, 2019.

All judges must complete the application below to be eligible to judge the Rub Contest. Judges will be confirmed on a first come first serve bases. Filling out the application does not guarantee a judging seat. Seats are limited and all confirmed judges will be notified by the American Royal BBQ team prior to the event with further event specifics and information.

Judges Application

If you have questions or would like additional information about the Rub Contest, please email the BBQ team at [email protected]

Congratulations to our 2018 winners – results listed below

2018 Results

Full results for the 2018 American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Rub Contest by category are below. Click here to read the 2018 Rub Contest Press Release.

2018 Results: Overall Ranking   2018 Results: Hot   2018 Results: Mild


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