Rub Contest

Do you have a BBQ rub worth 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!​

The 2021 American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Rub Contest presented by Old World Spices & Seasonings, Inc. will be held May 2nd, 2021. Deadline for entries to arrive to the American Royal is Friday, April, 23rd, 2021.

Rub Entry Information:

      • Categories: Mild and Hot
      • Each rub will be judged in a blind tasting on unseasoned pork loin
      • The top awarded rub in each category is crowned first place in that category and the overall highest score will be named the 2021 Best Sauce on the Planet
      • All Entries must be commercially available (through wholesale, retail or direct marketing generally available to the public.) Working Universal Product Code MUST be provided (or the regional equivalent)

2021 ENTRY Form

2021 Rub Contest INFORMATION


2020 Contest Results:

Congratulations to the 2020 “Best Rub on the Planet” Winner, Crawford’s BBQ SA Rub and all of the 2020 Rub Contest winners.

Category Winners:

Mild Rub

1st Place – SA, Crawford’s BBQ – Helotes, TX

2nd Place – Chick N’ Rub, Rufus Teague – Shawnee, KS

3rd Place – Ham Grenade, WarPig BBQ – Houston, TX

Hot Rub

1st Place – Smokey KC, Burnt Finger BBQ – Lees Summit

2nd Place – SDQ Hot BBQ Rub, ScoobyDoobyQue LLC – Overland Park, KS

3rd Place – Dave’s Rub a Dub Dub Dittle Datil, Dave’s Rub a Dub Dub – Jacksonville, FL

2020 Results

Full results for the 2020 American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Rub Contest by category are below.



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