What is a KCBS BBQ Cook-off?


The Waxhaw Grill’n & Chill’n BBQ Cook-off consists of two elements – a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned contest and a public tasting event.

What is a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned contest?

KCBS sanctions BBQ and Grilling competitions across the U.S. and promotes barbeque as America's cuisine. In addition, KCBS has an extensive Certified Barbeque Judging program. It is the largest society of barbeque enthusiasts in the world.

The Waxhaw Grill’n & Chill’n BBQ Cook-off is a traditional sanctioned KCBS contest. A traditional sanctioned KCBS contest is staffed by KCBS-approved contest organizers and judges. Pro Teams are required to cook 4 meats (Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Butt, & Brisket) and Backyard Teams are required to cook two meats (Chicken, Pork Ribs).  The cooking source at a traditional sanctioned contest is wood, wood pellets or charcoal. Pro Teams participating are eligible to advance to the American Royal BBQ Championship and the Jack Daniels World Championship. All teams who participate accumulate points towards the KCBS Team of the Year awards and cash prizes.

For a typical contest, teams arrive the night prior to the contest, grill their meats all night long and then turn-in their meats for judging the next morning at specified times.

Local Awards and Cash Prizes

In addition to accumulating points for KCBS end of year awards, participating BBQ Teams compete to win cash prizes from the local organizer, the Town of Waxhaw. The highest number of points accumulated in the KCBS contest are calculated and a Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, and first through fifth place in each meat type receive awards and cash prizes.