Sauce Contest

Does your sauce have what it takes to be named the “Best Sauce on the Planet”?

In 2017, a record setting 606 entries traveled from across the country and around the world to compete for the title of "Best Sauce on the Planet".

The 31st Annual World Series of Barbecue Sauce Contest will be held May 6, 2018.

Sauce Entries Information:

  • Entries to compete for the title of “Best Sauce on the Planet” must be received by April 27, 2018.
  • 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 2018 Best Sauce on the Planet.

Please read and review the Contest Information Packet below prior to registering.

Information Packet

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The 2018 Sauce Contest Judging will take place at the American Royal Complex on May 6th, 2018.

All judges must complete the application below to be eligible to judge the Sauce 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

For more information about how to donate your barbecue sauce to benefit the American Royal's educational programs or 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®

2017 Results

Full results for the 30th Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Sauce Contest by category are below. Click here to read the 2017 Sauce Contest Press Release. 

Overall Ranking Vinegar Mild Tomato Hot Tomato Mustard Specialty


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