Sauce Contest

The American Royal is pleased to announce the winners of the 31st Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Sauce Contest. On May 6, Certified Barbecue Judges gathered at the American Royal to evaluate 388 entries submitted from 35 states and 8 countries including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, and the United States.

Congratulations to Rob's Smokin' Rub & Frog Sauce from California for "Sweet & Tangy" being named 2018 Best Sauce on the Planet. In 2017, Rob's Smokin' Rub & Frog Sauce placed first in vinegar with "Frog Sauce" and earned the 2017 Best Sauce on the Planet title. Congratulations on back to back Sauce Contest wins. Rob's Smokin' Rub & Frog Sauce 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.

Sauce Entries Information:

  • Categories: Mild, Hot, Vinegar, Mustard and Specialty.
  • Each sauce was judged in a blind tasting on unseasoned pulled pork.
  • The top awarded sauce in each category was crowned first place in that category and the overall highest score was named the 2018 Best Sauce on the Planet.

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Who COMPETES?

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.

What's THE PROCESS?

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

What's THE PRIZE?

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®

2018 Results

Full results for the 31st Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Sauce Contest by category are below. Click here to read the 2018 Sauce Contest Press Release. 

Overall Ranking Vinegar Mild Tomato Hot Tomato Mustard Specialty

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