Sauce Contest

The American Royal is postponing the judging date for the 33rd Annual American Royal Sauce Contest originally scheduled for May 3, 2020.  Our team will be working to establish a new judging date and will notify all contestants, judges and KCBS once it has been determined.

The contest is not cancelled.  In fact, the deadlines for submitting sauces have been extended and registrations/shipments will be accepted until further notice.  A new deadline for submissions will be announced at a later date. Please review the event packet for additional updated information.

We look forward to crowning the 2020 Best Sauce on the Planet and we thank you for your support of the American Royal and your understanding of our decision. Our thoughts and support are with you, your families and the BBQ community at this time.

Sauce Entries Information:

The contest is the largest BBQ sauce contest in the world with nearly 400 entries from countries across the world. Each entry was judged in a blind tasting on their appearance, texture, taste alone, and taste on unseasoned barbecue meat.

  • Categories: Mild, Hot, Vinegar, Mustard and Specialty
  • Each sauce will be judged in a blind tasting on unseasoned pulled pork
  • The top awarded sauce in each category will be crowned first place in that category and the overall highest score will be named the 2020 Best Sauce on the Planet
  • Please read and review the Contest Information Packet below prior to registering

 

Sauce Contest Information Packet Sauce Contest Registration Judging Application

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

Congratulations to the 2019 “Best Sauce on the Planet” Winner, BONZ Barb BQ Sauce Bold Flavor and all of the 2019 Sauce Contest winners.

Category Winners:

HOT TOMATO
1st Place - Pine Ridge Jalapeno Barbecue, Herbadashery LLC - Casper, WY
2nd Place - Q Barbeque Hot Zing Sauce, Q Barbeque - Glen Allen, VA
3rd Place - Meat Mitch Whomp! Competition Sauce, Meat Mitch - Shawnee Mission, KS

MILD TOMATO
1st Place - BONZ Barb BQ Sauce Original Flavor, J Pope Unlimited - West Lafayette, IN
2nd Place - Buckingham, Spicewine Ironworks - Columbia, MO
3rd Place - Triple Crown Organic BBQ Sauce Classic, Acme Organics LLC - Minneapolis, MN

MUSTARD
1st Place - Pine Ridge Sweet Mustard Sauce, Herbadashery LLC - Casper, WY
2nd Place - TD's Brew & BBQ "Southern Mustard", TD's Brew & BBQ - Lovington, NM
3rd Place - Jim Quessenberry's Sauce Beautiful - Gold, Bluff City BBQ Supply, LLC - Memphis, TN

VINEGAR
1st Place - FireFly Competition Sauce, Firefly Barbecue Limited - Glossop, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
2nd Place - Memphis Mop BBQ Sauce, BBQ Buddha - New Egypt, NJ
3rd Place - Rob's Sweet Sophistication, Rob's Smokin Rub & Frog Sauce - Manteca, CA

SPECIALTY
1st Place - BONZ Barb BQ Sauce Bold Flavor, J Pope Unlimited - West Lafayette, IN
2nd Place - JR Okie Smokie Gourmet BBQ Sauce - Chipotle, JR Okie Smokie LLC - Edmond, OK
3rd Place - Raspberry Tequila Lime, New Venue LLC ( Down Under BBQ) - Fridley, MN

To order winner sauces visit:

BONZ Barb BQ Sauce Bold Flavor, J Pope Unlimited - www.jpopeunlimited.com/bonz
Pine Ridge Jalapeno Barbecue, Herbadashery LLC - www.wyomingbbqsauce.com/
BONZ Barb BQ Sauce Original Flavor, J Pope Unlimited - www.jpopeunlimited.com/bonz
Pine Ridge Sweet Mustard Sauce, Herbadashery LLC - www.wyomingbbqsauce.com/
FireFly Competition Sauce, Firefly Barbecue Limited - www.fireflybbq.eu/

2019 Results

Full results for the 32nd Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Sauce Contest by category are below.

2019 Sauce Contest Press Release
Overall Ranking Vinegar Mild Tomato Hot Tomato Mustard Specialty

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