Two Days of Barbeque
The fun begins on Friday as 185 teams arrive with some of the most unique smoking contraptions imaginable. As the teams prepare their cooking sites, the Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park comes alive with entertainment and music. The real contest begins Saturday as the judging tent buzzes with activity preparing for the first barbeque samples to arrive at noon. Judges have the difficult task of identifying the best barbeque among seven different categories, including brisket, pork, ribs, sausage, chicken, whole animal and miscellaneous.
History of the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle
The Great Lenexa BBQ Battle started in 1982 with 12 contestants and 12 judges. On April 27, 1984, Governor John Carlin declared the contest the official Kansas State Championship. Since then, the contest has grown to its current size of 185 contestants and 240 judges. The two-day event, which includes children's activities and live music, attracts cooks from all over the country, who compete for the coveted title of Grand Champion of the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle - The Kansas State Championship. Prizes and ribbons are awarded to the top 10 contestants in seven categories and the top three overall winners.
Be a Food/Non-food Vendor
View information on how to be a food vendor at the event.