Rub Contest

The American Royal is postponing the judging date for the Rub Contest presented by Old World Spices & Seasonings, Inc. originally scheduled for April 26, 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 rubs 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 Rub 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.

Rub Contest Information Packet Contest Registration Judging Application

Rub Entry Information:

Do you have a BBQ rub worthy of being named the best BBQ rub on the planet? Enter your products now and prove you can compete with the best on the planet!

  • There was a maximum capacity of 200 entries for the contest
  • Categories: Mild and Hot
  • Please read and review the Contest Information Packet below prior to registering

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

Congratulations to the 2019 Best Rub on the Planet and First Place Hot winner, Loubier Chipotle Seasoning Hot, and First Place Mild winner, Master Que Pork, Ribs & Chicken BBQ Seasoning. See full contest results below.

2019 Results

Full results for the 2019 American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Rub Contest by category are below.

2019 Rub Contest Press Release
2019 Results: Overall Ranking   2019 Results: Hot   2019 Results: Mild


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