Sauce Contest

Does your barbecue sauce have what it takes to become the “Best Sauce on the Planet”? Prove it by entering the largest barbecue sauce competition in the world, the 30th Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Sauce Contest.  Online registration is now open.  Sauce submissions must be received by April 28, 2017.  Judging will take place on May 7, 2017.

For more information about the contest including awards, procedures, and how to donate your barbecue sauce to benefit the American Royal's educational programs see the Sauce Contest Information Packet.  If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


Sauce is sent to the American Royal from all over the world to compete in the “Best Sauce on the Planet” Competition! This contest is open to any company who provides a retail sauce.


There are five categories in the sauce contest: Mild Tomato, Hot Tomato, Vinegar, Mustard and Specialty.


The top three winners of each category receive prize monies and ribbons. The winner of the Best Sauce on the Planet receives the legendary award along with an invitation to attend the World Series of Barbecue®

2016 Results

The 29th Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Sauce Contest was not only the largest sauce contest we have ever held, but again the largest barbecue sauce contest in the world! With 450 different barbecue sauces coming in from 36 states and 3 countries, the 2016 class of barbecue sauces was truly the most competitive yet. Here are the top three barbecue sauces for each category, with links to the complete listing below:

Full Results - Overall Ranking

Mild Tomato

1st Place – Tennessee Master Que BBQ Sauce Sweet & Mild by Porky's Gourmet Foods Inc.
2nd Place – Q Sauce Original by Q Barbeque - Cool Smoke
3rd Place – Dixie Red by Old Southern BBQ
Full Results - Mild Tomato

Hot Tomato

1st Place – Tennessee Master Que BBQ Sauce Hot & Spicy by Porky's Gourmet Foods Inc.
2nd Place – Creeper by Freddy Ray's BBQ
3rd Place – Cookies Western Style Bar “B” “Q” Sauce by Cookies Food Products
Full Results - Hot Tomato


1st Place – Antie Lou’s by Haley Food Products, LLC
2nd Place – Chisholm Trail Garlic Lovers by Chisholm Trail Sauces
3rd Place – Full Strut BBQ Blackberry Chipotle by Hog Haven BBQ LLC
Full Results - Specialty


1st Place – Monkey Mop BBQ Sauce by Monkey Spit Hot Sauce
2nd Place – Southern Mischief by Fat D's BBQ
3rd Place – Carolina by Bob's Bitchin BBQ
Full Results - Mustard


1st Place – IPO by Eat Barbecue
2nd Place – Rob’s Smokin’ Rub Frog Sauce by Rob's Smokin' Rub
3rd Place – Scott’s Famous Southern Style by Scott's Pig Roast
Full Results - Vinegar


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