Rub Contest

For the first time in over 10 years, the American Royal was pleased to host the American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Rub Contest presented by Old World Spices & Seasonings, Inc. On April 29, Certified Barbecue Judges gathered at the American Royal to evaluate 196 entries submitted from 31 states and 7 countries.

Congratulations to PAT BBQ from Cacouna, Quebec for PAT BBQ HOT being named "Best Rub on the Planet". PAT BBQ will be presented with the legendary globe trophy during the Invitational awards ceremony at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue September 13-16 at the Kansas Speedway.

 Rub Entry Information:

  • Rub Entries had to be received at the American Royal offices by April 20, 2018
  • Categories: Mild and Hot
  • Each rub was cooked onto a pork tenderloin and judged in a blind tasting based on appearance, texture, taste alone, and taste after being cooked onto pork tenderloin.

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

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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