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 or Royal Tours today!

Jim Beam Party of the Year

Don’t have a party to go to at the BBQ? Come be a judge for the biggest and best party of the year! As a judge you'll get the VIP treatment and gain access into BBQ team spaces. 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.

Jim Beam Party of the Year happens on Friday, September 13 from 7:30pm - 10:00pm. (Check in at 7:00pm). Limited space to judge the best parties in Kansas City.

This opportunity will sell out! Tickets are $95 (Includes entry, judging spot, and light up necklace provided by Jim Beam)



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. The typical pit stop is 10-15 minutes and each tour lasts 70 minutes.

Royal Tours are available on:

Friday, September 13 - 3 Tours Available: 4:30pm, 5:30pm, and 6:30pm

Saturday, September 14 - 6 Tours Available (2 per time slot): 1:00pm, 3:30pm, and 5:30pm

Cost: $40 (Includes entry and tour)


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 September, 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.

The year, the Barbecue Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 14 at 7:00pm on the Hollywood Casino Mainstage along Pit Road. The 2019 Inductees include: John "Big Daddy" Bishop, Wayne Monday, and C.B. Stubblefield.

Celebrations to honor their achievements at the World Series of Barbecue will be presented by Yeti and hosted by The Kansas City BBQ Store.





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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