The 41st World Series of Barbecue will be returning to the Kansas Speedway September 16-19, 2021! Join us as we celebrate the best in barbecue with team members, family and friends at the world’s largest barbecue competition.

Health and safety is our top priority.  At this time, we anticipate a contest similar to previous years, with modifications to ensure safety. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide contest updates, and safety requirements and/or suggestions via our social media accounts, website, and targeted emails throughout the planning process.

Click below for contest information and to register to join the Invitational Contest, Open Contest or Kids Que!

Check back in summer for details regarding festival information and general event tickets.


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The American Royal World Series of Barbecue® is a longstanding tradition in Kansas City. Competitors from around the world join in the world’s largest barbecue competition to be crowned the Grand Champion in the Invitational Competition, Open Competition, Sides Competition, and Kids Que!

The World Series of Barbecue is the American Royal's largest fundraiser and proceeds help us continue to impact the future of education in the area of agriculture.  A HUGE shout out to our TOP LEVEL sponsors for their incredible support!

THANK YOU TO THE SUPPORTERS OF THE AMERICAN ROYAL.  YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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And our dedicated season sponsors who fuel the American Royal mission all year long!