The American Royal Invitational contest presented by KC Masterpiece is a true national championship with over 150 teams competing annually! Teams from the United States, Canada and abroad, who have won a Grand Championship at a qualifying contest between August 1, 2013-July 1, 2014 will be invited to compete at the American Royal alongside the best of the best in the competitive barbecue circuit.
Please understand the American Royal BBQ Contest is a competition, not a sampling event. Due to food safety regulations,sampling of contest foods is prohibited. Entry to the American Royal World Series of Barbecue® includes the opportunity to witness more than 500 teams competing in the largest BBQ event in the world, a Food Court with many options available for purchase, Live Entertainment, entrance in the Marketplace/Expo, Kids Korral (Saturday 10am-3pm), Cooking Demonstrations, Barbecue Hall of Fame Ceremony (Saturday 7pm) and more. Sampling of contest foods is not-included in event entry.