Once you have completed the following Team Application, you will be directed to a "Team Checkout page". At that point, you will need to choose from multiple options for each contest that you're interested in.
Teams may use the following online form to apply for several different contests. If you would like to print and return a PDF application and pay by mail/fax/email, or for more information -- including Cook's Packet -- on specific contests, click on the links below:
April 27-28 – New Jersey KnoQ-out (Blairstown, NJ) – KCBS + Surf & Turf Challenge
May 18-19 [NEW DATES!!] – Nor’Easter BBQ Showdown - DAY 1 & DAY 2 (Plymouth, MA) – KCBS Double-header
August 3-4 [NEW DATES!!] – Smoke In The Woods (Galway, NY) – KCBS + Surf & Turf Challenge
September 7-8 – Green Mountain BBQ Championship (Randolph, VT) – KCBS + Surf & Turf Challenge
September 28-29 [NEW DATES & LOCATION!!] – Ocean State BBQ Championship (Hope Valley, RI) – KCBS + Surf & Turf Challenge
October 12-13 [NEW DATES & LOCATION!!] – Red White & Q - DAY 1 & DAY 2 (Jackson, NJ) – KCBS Double-header
Except for Ocean State, each contest's entry fee includes (1) night’s stay at a campground with water, 20+ amp electric, bathrooms, hot showers, and sewage/dump station. Ocean State includes both Friday and Saturday nights in the entry fee. Most campsites are approximately 30'x30'.
Teams must enter the 4 main contest categories to be eligible for Grand and Reserve Grand Champion.
BACKYARD OR AMATEUR TEAMS: Campground BBQ doesn't currently offer any dedicated Backyard or Amateur contests, but we will allow teams to enter 1 to 3 categories at a pro-rated price to "get your feet wet." You will be judged against all teams but the new teams who have done this found it extremely helpful to see how they place against more experienced teams, and are able to talk to their peers about how to improve their cook. We like to foster new teams, so contact us if you're interested in only doing a few categories.
Contests may have an optional 5th category; teams must provide all supplies unless noted otherwise, and the category is an additional $15 fee, which will be used to pay out to 3rd place.
KCBS contests can be held with either full payment or $75 nonrefundable deposit, paid in full 30 days prior.
KCBS PRIZE PURSE: The prize purse for each KCBS contests starts at $4,000, but will increase by $1,000 for every 5 teams according to the following levels, plus possible sponsor add-ons:
25 teams = $4,000 (paid to 8th place) — $900 GC / $700 RGC / $120 1st
30 teams = $5,000 (paid to 8th place) — $1,050 GC / $850 RGC / $140 1st
35 teams = $6,000 (paid to 10th place) — $1,200 GC / $1,000 RGC / $250 #3 overall / $150 1st
40 teams = $7,000 (paid to 10th place) — $1,300 GC / $1,100 RGC / $400 #3 overall / $180 1st
45 teams = $8,000 (paid to 12th place) — $1,500 GC / $1,200 RGC / $600 #3 overall / $180 1st
50 teams = $9,000 (paid to 12th place) — $1,500 GC / $1,200 RGC / $600 #3 overall / $210 1st
55 teams = $10,000 (paid to 15th place) — $1,500 GC / $1,200 RGC / $600 #3 overall / $225 1st
60 teams = $11,000 (paid to 15th place) — $1,500 GC / $1,200 RGC / $600 #3 overall / $240 1st
SURF & TURF CHALLENGE: The Surf & Turf Challenge is a non-sanctioned, just-for-fun contest open to both BBQ teams and campers, and cooked on ANY heat source. Each Surf & Turf Challenge will feature different categories at each contest location but uses KCBS judging criteria of Taste, Tenderness/Texture and Appearance. The Challenge takes place at 3pm and 3:30pm on Saturday afternoon and will be judged by non-participating teams and seasonal campers. The goals are to have fun and introduce new people to BBQ competitions. The cost to participate is $50 for one category / $75 for both, and teams must provide their own meat and supplies. 60% of entry fees go to the cash purse and will be paid out to 3rd in each category. Grand Champion, Reserve Grand and 1st in each category will earn trophies. Only teams cooking both categories are eligible for Grand and Reserve. Surf & Turf categories will include:
April 27 – New Jersey KnoQ-out: Shrimp (Surf), Ribeye Steak (Turf)
August 3 – Smoke In The Woods: Seafood Pizza (Surf), Pork Chop (Turf)
September 7 – Green Mountain BBQ Championship: Clam Chowder (Surf), NY Strip (Turf)
September 28 – Ocean State BBQ Championship: Crab (Surf), Top Sirloin (Turf)
* REQUIRED FIELDS