Festivals and Competitions

Whether determining the smokiest sauce, most mouthwatering ribs or any number of cuisine-specific categories, part of the spirit of ‘cuing in KC is friendly competition. The result is that Kansas City’s calendar is full of barbecue festivals, tournaments and other events.

Recognized as the biggest barbecue contest and celebration in the world, The American Royal World Series of Barbecue welcomes more than 500 local, national and international teams for two weeks of spirited smoking each fall.

Other Popular Contests


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