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Where champions are made.

Get ready to witness some serious feats of flavor. Watch live as pitmasters
from all over the country compete for glory and prizes in the ultimate test of
BBQ mastery.

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Sanctioned Contests

Roseda Best Beef Contest by the Steak Cookoff Association

Contestants will try and steak their claim to fame as the best in beef.

Smokin’ with Smithfield

Do you carry a torch for St. Louis style pork ribs? Then this is the competition to watch.

National Pork BBQ Championship

You’ll feel the heat as contenders go hog wild in the ultimate pork battle.

Perdue Sizzlin’ Chicken Contest

Chicken champions will peck their way to poultry perfection in this delicious cookoff.

Impossible Foods BBQ Championship

Meatless marvels go for gold in a plant-powered showdown of innovation and mastery.

USO Military Chef Cook off sponsored by the National Pork Board

It’s a salute to flavor as chefs representing each branch of the armed forces face off. Fan judged!

Bachan’s Chef’s Choice BBQ Contest

Our pitmasters get to choose what they want to cook in this creative event. Yes, chef!

National Turkey Federation Turkey Smoke Contest

Gobble up the excitement as these masters try and smoke out the competition.

Just-for-fun Contests

Pepsi Jr. Chef Recipe Contest

Cheer on GenBBQ as these rising culinary stars show off their talents and put most adults to shame with their skills.

Cornhole Tournament

Holy-moly-triple-cornholy! Cheer on your favorite players in this toss-tacular showdown. Don’t miss this contest near the Corks to Caps Micro Brew & Wine Tasting Tent.

Mumbo Sauce Contest

You can’t get more DC than Mumbo Sauce on Fried Chicken Wings! Check out local chefs who will compete for the best mumbo sauce in the city where it was born.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Watch as these stomach-stretching athletes try to become as famous as the iconic franks they devour.


Pepsi Taste More Summer

Enter for a chance to win a trip to the Bahamas!


BBQ Awards Ceremony

Sunday, June 23 from 6-7pm at the
Pepsi Passport to Summer Stage
Come see which BBQ masters get the gold!

Can I try the competition BBQ?

While you can watch the teams cooking for certified judges throughout the
weekend, DC Health Code doesn’t permit them to sell or sample to attendees.

But some of the best BBQ restaurants in the country will be selling at the event,
including some who are also competing!