National BBQ Competitions | Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

National BBQ Competitions

Below you will find a full taste of the 2023 BBQ competition categories!

The Giant National Capital BARBECUE BATTLE® consists of multiple BBQ Contests:  The Kansas City Barbeque Society Sanctioned Giant National BBQ Championship Categories include: Pork – “Smokin’ with Smithfield”, Chicken – “Perdue Sizzlin’ Chicken Contest”, and “Steak, PA Beef Cookoff”, USO Military Chef Cook-off & The Junior Chef Competition.

Witness Competition BBQ at it’s Best as Pitmasters from Across the Country Compete for cash, prizes and the Title of National BBQ Champion.

Perdue Sizzlin’ Chicken Contest

Teams competing in the Perdue Sizzlin’ Chicken Contest will be cooking “Perdue Chicken” to prepare for judging in the KCBS Chicken category. The highest scoring KCBS Chicken entry using Perdue Chicken, proclaimed “Perdue Sizzlin’ Chicken Champion”

Smokin’ with Smithfield Rib Contest

Teams competing in the Smokin’ with Smithfield” Rib Contest will be cooking “Smithfield’s St. Louis Style Ribs” for judging in the KCBS Rib category. The highest scoring KCBS Pork Rib entry using Smithfield Ribs will be proclaimed the “Smokin’ with Smithfield” winner.

National Pork BBQ Championship Contest

Winners of this contest will be determined based on the highest combined scores of the two (2) KCBS Pork entries submitted on Sunday. The highest combined score will be proclaimed the “National Pork BBQ Champion”

National Turkey Federation Turkey Smoke Contest

Presented by the National Turkey federation.

Beyond Meat BBQ Championship

Teams will compete in the exciting and tasty “Beyond Meat BBQ Championship”.  Highest scoring Beyond Meat entry will be proclaimed the “Beyond Meat Champion”.

National Steak Cook-Off

Presented by the Pennsylvania Beef Council, teams will compete in the “PA Beef Steak Cook-Off”.  Highest scoring Roseda Beef Steak entry will be proclaimed the “PA Beef Steak Cook-Off Champion.”

Nation's Best BBQ Sauce

Teams will compete throughout the weekend for title of “America’s Best BBQ Sauce” in this saucy and spicy contest.

Junior Chef Competition Presented by Kingsford Charcoal

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Military Chef Cook-Off Benefiting USO

Through USO-Metro’s partnership with Giant, the Military Chef Cook-Off has become a BBQ Battle staple, and this year is no different. The Military Chef Cook-Off features chefs representing each branch of armed forces facing off in friendly competition to determine whose BBQ is the best. Winners will be determined by, YOU, the fans!