Many Competition BBQ Teams got their start in a contest just like this one!  Whether you call it a Backyard Contest or Amateur Contest, the idea is the same:  Bring your A- Game and try and win some hardware!

We provide you with a 20′ x 20′ spot with power and access to water.  You bring your tents, meats, BBQs, tables and all you need to prepare 6 portions of each meat, cooked over Charcoal, Wood Pellet or Wood Chunk.  No gas grills here!

The meats will be Chicken & Ribs.  And new for this year, we have an added bonus category:  DESSERT!

You will serve at least 6 portions of chickens and a minimum of 6 portions of ribs, in Turn On boxes, to be judged by our judging panel.  You are free to decide which cuts of chicken you want to use (Thighs or Legs or Breasts, or Wings).  You may also choose from Back or Side Ribs, but they must be pork ribs.

You may trim your meats before arriving but you MAY NOT season them before being inspected by one of our Reps.  Simple rule of thumbs:  You can take away from the meat, but you cannot add anything to it.

We recommend that brand new teams do some research on YouTube and other resources to learn about how you should present your dishes.

One of our sponsors, Eatapedia, is hosting a “Tell-All” Competition BBQ Class in April.

Rules for Desserts:

    • Can be one dish, cut into 6 portions, or 6 individual portions, it’s up to you.
    • Primary ingredient must be cooked onsite (cakes, cookies….)
    • Open Box, Open Garnish
    • Tray must no bigger than 12″ x 18″
    • Remember that volunteers have to carry your tray, if you are too elaborate you run the risk of things falling…
    • Be creative!  This is your chance to really WOW the judges with a stunning display!

Show us what you are made of and win cash, prizes and trophies!

Overall Grand Champion wins $500, a Trophy, and admission to the 514 BBQ Backyard Competition in Montreal, Quebec, 3 weeks later!  We pay and trophy to fifth place in each category and 5th Place Overall

See the schedule below for precise times.


Saturday, May 23 6:30 AM Team Load In
Saturday, May 23 7:30 AM Backyard Cooks Meeting (Mandatory)
Saturday, May 23 1:00 PM Judges Sign In
Saturday, May 23 1:30 PM Judges Meeting
Saturday, May 23 2:00 PM Chicken Turn In
Saturday, May 23 2:30 PM Ribs Turn In
Saturday, May 23 3:00 PM Dessert Turn In
Saturday, May 23 5:00 PM Awards Ceremony


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