What is the Made for KC BBQ Championship?

This is a truly unique, Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned, competitor’s series competition, open only to local Kansas City area barbeque teams! With the largest prize purse of $46,000, including the licensing opportunity, ever offered in a KCBS-sanctioned BBQ contest, and the opportunity for more, you don’t want to miss this!

When is the competition?

The competition event will be held on June 10-11, 2022.

Where is the competition?

Worth Harley-Davidson, located at 9400 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO. Located near the Kansas City International Airport.

Who is hosting the Made for KC BBQ Championship?

The event is presented by Outstanding Hospitality Management (OHM) and is designed to name the featured BBQ-themed restaurant in the concession program at the Kansas City International Airport. OHM and the greater Vantage Airport Group (Vantage) team was awarded the concession program contract and won approval for the concept to enlist locally and minority-owned businesses for airport concessions. OHM is pleased to partner with Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) and Old-World Spices & Seasonings (OWS) to present this annual barbeque competition.

Who is eligible to compete in the Made for KC BBQ Championship?

In order to compete in the Made for KC BBQ Competitor Series competition, you must meet the following qualifications by the date of the competition:

  • Your team must be registered and in good standing with KCBS for at least one year prior to the date of the competition.
  • The registered address for your team must be located in Missouri or Kansas AND within 60 miles of the Kansas City International (KCI) Airport.
  • Your team must have competed in a minimum of three KCBS sanctioned barbecue competitions in the past three years (2019-2021).

How do I register for the competition?

Interested qualifying teams can register through the KCBS website starting February 14that 9:00 am through February 20th at midnight CST. All qualified entries will be placed into a drawing for the 36 available spots.  The drawing will be held on February 21st at 5:00 pm CST and will be shown on the Kansas City Barbeque Society (kcbs bbq) Facebook Live.  Those chosen will be notified by KCBS.

How much does it cost to register for the competition?

There is no entry fee required until the teams have been selected in the lottery process. The team entry fee is $250 to be paid during registration on the KCBS website.

How many teams will be able to participate in the competition?

The competition has space for 36 teams to participate.

What prizes will be awarded to participants?

Teams will have the opportunity to win the following prizes:

Overall Winner Payouts

Grand Champion     $25,000 + Restaurant Royalties
Reserve Grand Champion     $5,000
3rd Place     $1,500
4th Place     $1,000

Category Payouts (per category – chicken, pork, ribs and brisket)

1st Place         $1,000
2nd Place        $750
3rd Place         $500
4th Place         $400
5th Place         $300

Ancillary Contest Payouts (Saturday, June 11, 2022)
Holladay Bourbon Cocktail & Dessert

1st Place         $500
2nd Place        $200
3rd Place         $125
4th Place         $100
5th Place         $75

What is the grand prize for the competition?

In addition to being awarded $25,000 purse to the Grand Champion Pitmaster or cook team of the Made for KC BBQ Championship, they will receive a licensing opportunity for one year in an 8,000 square foot competition-barbeque-themed restaurant located within KCI and the menu will feature their award winning recipes, as part of the overall concessions program.

Is there a further cost for the Grand Champion?

There will be no costs to the Grand Champion, OHM will build, furnish, staff, and operate the competition-barbeque-themed restaurant location in the airport. OHM will work with the Grand Champion Pitmaster or cook team to incorporate their winning barbeque recipes on the menu.

Is the competition open to the public?

Yes, the event is open to the public and there are a number of activities specifically for guests to enjoy. There will be live music, food trucks and adult beverages available for sale. Admittance is free.

Will the public be allowed to sample barbeque prepared by those competing?

There will be food and beverages available for purchase for the public to enjoy; however, only KCBS-sanctioned judges will sample barbeque prepared by those competing at the event.

Will the Made for KC BBQ Championship be held every year?

The Made for KC BBQ Championship will be an annual event.

How will the Made for KC BBQ Championship benefit the community?

One hundred percent of the proceeds generated by the event will go to local Kansas City charities.

How do I get certified to participate in future competitions?

Participants must be certified through KCBS to participate in future competitions. For more information about KCBS and the certification process, visit the KCBS website.

The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, celebrating, promoting, and educating the public about barbeque as a distinctively American cuisine. KCBS is the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts, with approximately 16,000 members in the U.S. and over 35 countries. KCBS sanctions nearly 400 barbeque contests worldwide each year; including destination contests such as the American Royal World Series of Barbeque© and the Jack Daniel’s Invitational.

What if I don’t have the extra funds to pursue certification through KCBS?

OHM is working with local pitmasters and retailers to support a scholarship program to teach the skills needed for competition BBQ and assist highly motivated individuals to participate in future Made for KC BBQ Championships.

What are the categories for judging?

The categories being judged that count towards the Grand Champion prize are Chicken, Pork Ribs and Brisket, the standard required categories for a KCBS sanctioned contest. In addition, on Friday night, Holladay Distillery will be sponsoring two ancillary contests for dessert and cocktails made using Holladay Bourbon.

Will there be a waiting list in the event a chosen team is not able to participate?

Yes, there will be a wait list.  The lottery drawing will choose an additional 15 teams to be waitlisted should one of the original 36 chosen teams be unavailable or fail to meet the requirements.

Who do I contact for more information about the competition?

For information about the competition contact Amy Jungk, EVP Corporate Relations, Old World Spices & Seasonings, Inc. at 816-861-0400, ext. 1127 or [email protected].

Who do I contact for help with registering my team?

For assistance with the registration process, visit the KCBS website.

for event/media info contact:

[email protected]

(816) 304-6485

for competitor info contact:

[email protected]

(660) 973-1953