2021 National BBQ Championship and Competitions - Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

2021 National BBQ Championship and Competitions

All categories are open to the public with thousands of dollars in prizes

Below you will find a full taste of the 2021 BBQ competition categories along with other competitions.

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 Beef – “America’s Best Beef”.

Perdue Sizzlin’ Chicken Contest

Dates: Friday, May 28th to Wednesday, June 16th

Each round of the contest will be judged online by “people’s choice” popular vote managed by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Participants will be instructed to judge dishes based on the follow criteria:

  • Appearance – Does it look appetizing such that you want to try it?
  • Tenderness – Does it look like it is tender and juicy?
  • Taste – Can you imagine the dish based on appearance and tenderness would be tasty?
  • Name – How well suited is the name of the dish based on the above factors?

The prize structure for each category is as follows:

  • 1st Place-$1,000 Giant Shopping Spree
  • 2nd Place-$250 Giant Shopping Spree
  • 3rd Place-$100 Giant Shopping Spree
  • 4th Place-$50 Giant Shopping Spree
  • 5th Place-$25 Giant Shopping Spree

Each winner will also receive an Individual Annual membership to the Kansas City Barbeque Society: a $40 value.

Winners who do not reside in MD, VA, DE, or DC may request a cash prize be substituted for their Giant Shopping Spree (Gift card).

Contest winners will be posted online at www.BBQinDC.com beginning approximately July 3, 2021.

Click here for a list of official products for this competition | Official Rules

National Beef Championship

Dates: Friday, May 28th to Wednesday, June 16th

Each round of the contest will be judged online by “people’s choice” popular vote managed by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Participants will be instructed to judge dishes based on the follow criteria:

  • Appearance – Does it look appetizing such that you want to try it?
  • Tenderness – Does it look like it is tender and juicy?
  • Taste – Can you imagine the dish based on appearance and tenderness would be tasty?
  • Name – How well suited is the name of the dish based on the above factors?

The prize structure for each category is as follows:

  • 1st Place-$1,000 Giant Shopping Spree
  • 2nd Place-$250 Giant Shopping Spree
  • 3rd Place-$100 Giant Shopping Spree
  • 4th Place-$50 Giant Shopping Spree
  • 5th Place-$25 Giant Shopping Spree

Each winner will also receive an Individual Annual membership to the Kansas City Barbeque Society: a $40 value. Winners who do not reside in MD, VA, DE, or DC may request a cash prize be substituted for their Giant Shopping Spree (Gift card).

Contest winners will be posted online at www.BBQinDC.com beginning approximately July 3, 2021.

Click here for a list of official products for this competition | Official Rules

Smokin’ with Smithfield Rib Contest

Dates: Friday, May 28th to Wednesday, June 16th

Each round of the contest will be judged online by “people’s choice” popular vote managed by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Participants will be instructed to judge dishes based on the follow criteria:

  • Appearance – Does it look appetizing such that you want to try it?
  • Tenderness – Does it look like it is tender and juicy?
  • Taste – Can you imagine the dish based on appearance and tenderness would be tasty?
  • Name – How well suited is the name of the dish based on the above factors?

The prize structure for each category is as follows:

  • 1st Place-$1,000 Giant Shopping Spree
  • 2nd Place-$250 Giant Shopping Spree
  • 3rd Place-$100 Giant Shopping Spree
  • 4th Place-$50 Giant Shopping Spree
  • 5th Place-$25 Giant Shopping Spree

Each winner will also receive an Individual Annual membership to the Kansas City Barbeque Society: a $40 value. Winners who do not reside in MD, VA, DE, or DC may request a cash prize be substituted for their Giant Shopping Spree (Gift card).

Contest winners will be posted online at www.BBQinDC.com beginning approximately July 3, 2021.

Click here for a list of official products for this competition | Official Rules

Military Chef Cook-Off Benefiting USO-Metro

Dates: Monday, June 1st to Sunday, June 28th

Through USO-Metro’s partnership with Giant, the Military Chef Cook-Off has become a BBQ Battle staple, and this year is no different. USO-Metro is pleased to welcome U.S. Army Combat Veteran and Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine as our host of the 2021 Military Chef Cook-Off as part of the Giant® National Capital BBQ Battle Virtual Experience, running through the whole month of June. The Military Chef Cook-Off has representatives from each branch of service facing off to determine who can prepare the best rack of BBQ ribs, and the winner will be determined by, YOU, the fans! Read about each one of our chefs below and check out their pictures and recipes, then cast your vote for your favorite. This year’s winner will be announced July 1, 2021!

Heinz “Art of the Burger” Contest

Dates: Monday, May 24th to Sunday, June 21st

We all love a good burger. As Heinz sees it, burgers are a blank canvas, which makes Heinz sauces the perfect medium. Heinz wants to encourage people to unleash their inner burger artist and treat every burger as a work of art, and we’re giving you the opportunity to submit your delicious masterpieces to our burger art contest.

Submit a photo of your burger at heinzartoftheburger.com in one of seven categories (ketchup, mustard, mayo, bbq, flavorcombinations, relish, and freestyle). Entries will be judged based on their creativity, presentation, build, and sauce.

  • Creativity: What makes a burger a work of art? The interplay of its components! Is it maximalist? Minimalist? Does it employ an abstract arrangement of ingredients? Show us your creativity by letting your imagination run wild.
  • Presentation: Capture your burger with a photo worthy of its boundless creativity! Make sure your snapshot conveys every ounce of effort, nuance of delectability, and morsel of meaning.
  • Build: Will your burger masterwork stand the test of time? That is to say, can it literally stand on a plate and be served?
  • Sauce: We’re looking for a sauce to be central to the burger’s theme. If it’s going to taste like art, let’s make sure we can identify the medium.

Each week, semi-finalists will be chosen in each category to win exclusive Heinz prizes. At the end of the program, Heinz will pay for the most tasteful example of burger artistry by awarding one burger artist with a $25,000 grand prize. Official Rules.

Junior Chef Competition

Dates: Friday, May 28th to Wednesday, June 23rd

This year’s Junior Chef Competition is open to kids ages 17 or younger. Enter your favorite recipe in one of the following categories: Chicken (Perdue Sizzlin’ Chicken Contest), Beef (National Beef Championship), Pork Ribs (Smokin’ with Smithfield), or Vegetarian for a chance to win. Entries will be presented to the KCBS Judging Committee consisting of Celebrity Athletes, Professional Chefs, and TV BBQ Pitmasters.

  • 1st Place: DPR Cookery202 Chef coat and hat, $500 Giant gift card, a lead culinary class at Kennilworth Recreation Center teaching kitchen, feature on DPR website, and a Grand Prize winner certificate.
  • 2nd Place: $250 Giant gift card, Feature on DPR website, and Second Place winner certificate.
  • 3rd Place: $100 Giant gift card, feature on DPR website, and Third Place winner certificate. Winners will be announced on July 7, 2021. All winners will receive an Individual Annual membership to the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

Click here for a list of official products for this competition. | Official Rules

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