VIP Experiences

Are you the ultimate barbecue enthusiast or looking for the VIP treatment at this year's American Royal World Series of Barbecue®? Take your barbecue experience to the next level with one or all of these exclusive events!  Tickets are limited. Get your tickets for the Party of the Year, Royal Tours, and/or The Royal Bourbon Tasting today!

Knob Creek Party of the Year

Come be a judge for the biggest and best party of the year! Each judge will have the opportunity to visit 3-4 teams competing for the honor of being named the “Party of the Year.” Teams will compete in showmanship and overall site appearance.

Friday, September 14
Check in: 7:00pm
Judging: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Party of the Year Tickets
Cost of Party of the Year ticket includes gate entry on Friday night.

Must be 21 or older to participate.

Royal Tours

Royal Tours provides a behind the scenes tour inside tents of BBQ Pitmasters! Join us for this once in a lifetime experience where you will have a one-on-one discussion & demonstration with BBQ teams and the opportunity to try some of the best barbecue on the planet.

Friday, September 14: 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm, and 6:30 pm - SOLD OUT
Saturday, September 15: 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:30 pm


Royal Tours Tickets
Cost of Royal Tour ticket includes gate entry into the World Series of Barbecue® on Friday or Saturday (date selected for tour). When you purchase your ticket, you will be prompted to pick the date and time for your tour. Tours are available on Friday night and Saturday during the day.

The Royal Bourbon Tasting

Americas native spirit partnering with the American Royal, coincidence? We think not. Join Adam Harris, the National American Whiskey Ambassador for Beam Suntory and team members from Standard Beverage, for a walk through the history of Jim Beam. Included in the presentation will be a tasting of Jim Beam Black, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Booker’s – this is a DON’T MISS event and a bargain at $35 per person.

Saturday, September 15 from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm in the Knob Creek/Jim Beam tent, #218.


Royal Bourbon Tasting Tickets

Want to learn more? Click below to learn more about Adam Harris or the one of a kind brands that you will get to experience.

Adam Harris Jim Beam Black Knob Creek Basil Hayden's Booker's

Barbecue Hall of Fame

The American Royal Association is proud to honor and host the Barbecue Hall of Fame®. Each year, three new members are inducted during May, National BBQ Month, who have impacted the world of barbecue. During the American Royal World Series of Barbecue® in the Fall, we continue to celebrate these new inductees and our past inductees through events including an on-stage Hall of Fame induction ceremony where each new member is presented with one-of-a kind custom trophy consisting of a BBQ butcher block and bronzed ribs.

This year, the three individuals who have received this prestigious honor for their contributions to the barbecue community and demonstration of achievement in barbecue excellence are Tuffy Stone, Tootsie Tomanetz, and Charlie Vergos. We will honor the 2018 Barbecue Hall of Fame inductees at the World Series of Barbecue on Saturday, September 15, 2018 with a private Black Apron celebration for invited guests followed by the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held on the main stage during the Invitational Awards Ceremony on Saturday at 5:15pm.

Celebrations to honor their achievements at the World Series of Barbecue will be presented by Yeti and Certified Hereford Beef.





Want to learn more about the Barbecue Hall of Fame, current inductees, and how to nominate? Head to for additional details.



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