Campground BBQ Contests are a series of nationally sanctioned state BBQ championships scattered throughout the Northeast U.S. Because they are hosted at local campgrounds, these contests allow BBQ teams to compete with every advantage necessary, including electric, water, trash, bathrooms, hot showers and even sewage disposal. They also allow teams to wind down in private comfort to just enjoy the cooking process and time spent with friends and family. The winners of each contest qualify for national championships.
Campground BBQ includes primarily pro contests, but we do allow backyard/amateur teams to enter just 1 or 2 categories to "get their feet wet." If you've been thinking about testing your mettle against other BBQ enthusiasts, you've got a diversity of options, and you'll learn a lot more about the barbecue and grilling craft.
New in 2019, Campground BBQ will introduce a Surf & Turf Challenge — a just-for-fun, non-sanctioned two-category contest allowing teams and campers to compete against one another using any heat source. The categories will change for each contest.
2019 contests (Expected dates pending kcbs approval)
April 26-28 -- New Jersey KnoQ-out -- Blairstown, NJ (KCBS + Surf & Turf Challenge)
May 17-19 [NEW DATES!!] -- Nor'Easter BBQ Showdown -- Plymouth, MA (KCBS double-header)
August 2-4 [NEW DATES!!] -- Smoke In The Woods -- Galway, NY (KCBS + Surf & Turf Challenge)
September 6-8 -- Green Mountain BBQ Championship -- Randolph, VT (KCBS + Surf & Turf Challenge)
September 27-29 [NEW DATES & LOCATION!!] -- Ocean State BBQ Championship -- Hope Valley, RI (KCBS + Surf & Turf Challenge)
October 11-13 [NEW DATES & LOCATION!!] -- Red White & Que -- Jackson, NJ (KCBS double-header)
NOTE: The Bay State BBQ Championship (MA) and Back to BAYsics Primitive Contest (MA) will not return in 2019 due to scheduling conflicts.