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. Teams are required to cook 4 meats (Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Butt, & Brisket). The cooking source at a traditional sanctioned contest is wood, wood pellets or charcoal. 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.

What are the times for the Waxhaw Grill’n & Chill’n BBQ Cook-off KCBS Sanctioned Contest?

For the Waxhaw Grill’n & Chill’n BBQ Cook-off, the KCBS turn-in times are as follows:

11:30am -Chicken
12:00pm-Pork ribs
12:30pm-Pork butt or shoulder
1:00pm-Beef brisket

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 (chicken, pork ribs, pork butt and brisket) receive awards and cash prizes.

What is the BBQ public tasting event?

After the BBQ teams have completed the KCBS sanctioned contest, many BBQ teams offer a sampling of their BBQ to the public to assist the local community in promoting the event, and to help recoup the costs of putting on the event. BBQ teams serve a sample of their BBQ and pork ribs. The Waxhaw Grill’n & Chill’n BBQ Cook-off public tasting portion of the event is put on by the Town of Waxhaw with the assistance of a local charitable organization. All proceeds from the public tasting are given to the local charitable organization for assistance with team arrival and setup on Friday, judge check-in on Saturday morning, public tasting ticket sales, and the public tasting set-up, staffing and clean-up on Saturday afternoon. It takes in excess of 50 volunteers to assist with hosting the event and the Town of Waxhaw would not be able to host the festival if it were not for the assistance of these volunteers.

Selection of Charitable Organization

A local charitable organization is picked based on submissions to the Town of Waxhaw Events Division on an annual basis. The ability to provide a sufficient volunteer base to support the event is a priority consideration. If at all possible, the same charitable organization will not be chosen during two consecutive years.

What are the hours of the Waxhaw Grill’n & Chill’n BBQ Cook-off Public Tasting Event?

Saturday, October 10, 2015 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

What are the ticket prices for the public tasting?

$10 for 10 tickets

1 one oz. BBQ taste = 1 ticket

1 rib bone = 2 tickets

What are the People’s Choice Awards?

A panel of celebrity judges from the Town of Waxhaw and the public cast ballots during the Public Tasting Event on Saturday afternoon to determine the winner of the People’s Choice Awards for Butts and Ribs.

First, second and third place awards and cash prizes are given to the winning BBQ teams.

People’s Choice Awards Information and Voting Rules

A panel of 7 celebrity judges picked from the Town of Waxhaw will judge each cooking team’s Butts and Ribs entry separately on a scale of 1-3. The judges’ scores will be added together to give each team two subtotals - one for Butts and one for Ribs. The public will also vote for their favorite taste of Butts and Ribs. The top 3 teams receiving the most public votes will receive additional points to be added to the celebrity judges subtotals. The team with the most public votes will be awarded 4 additional points; second most votes will receive 3 additional points; third most votes will receive 2 additional point. The combined totals of the celebrity judges and the public vote will determine the Public Tasting Winners in Butts and Ribs (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place). The celebrity judges rankings will be the deciding factor in the event of a tie.