2020 National BBQ Championship and Competitions - Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

2020 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 2020 BBQ competition categories along with other competitions.

The Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle consists of Six BBQ Contests.  The Kansas City Barbeque Society Sanctioned Giant National BBQ Championship Categories: Chicken, Beef, Pork Ribs, “Perdue Sizzlin’ Chicken Contest”, and Turkey Smoke presented by the National Turkey Federation.

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Giant National BBQ Championship

Dates: Monday, June 1st to Sunday, June 21st

Open for public competition! Teams cook off in the “Giant National BBQ Championship” sanctioned by The Kansas City Barbeque Society and conducted under KCBS rules.  The judging for the contest shall be conducted in two rounds. The first round shall be conducted on June 1st and concludes on June 21st. First Round finalists shall be identified by June 27th. Finalists will be presented in the Second Round to the Giant BBQ Battle Judging Committee consisting of Celebrity BBQ Pitmasters, Professional Chefs and Industry Experts on June 28th with winners being selected at the conclusion of the contest.

Categories included: Chicken, Beef Brisket, Turkey, and Pork Rib.  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-Autographed Copy of a BBQ Pitmaster Cookbook.  The top 10 entrants with the highest points scored in Round 1 will receive an Individual Annual membership to the Kansas City Barbeque Society; a $40 value. Teams competing in all four KCBS Categories will qualify to become the Overall Champion of The Giant Barbecue Battle with a Grand prize of a $1,500 Giant Shopping Spree and the title of the Giant National Barbecue Champion, Washington, DC.
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Perdue Sizzlin’ Chicken Contest

Dates: Monday, June 1st to Sunday, June 21st

Open for public competition! The judging for the contest shall be conducted in two rounds. The first round shall be conducted on June 1st and concludes on June 21st. First Round finalists shall be identified by June 27th. Finalists will be presented to the Second Round to the Giant BBQ Battle Judging Committee consisting of Celebrity BBQ Pitmasters, Professional Chefs and Industry Experts on June 28th with winners being selected at the conclusion of the contest.

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-Autographed Copy of a BBQ Pitmaster Cookbook.

The highest scoring KCBS Chicken entry using Perdue Chicken will be proclaimed “The Perdue BBQ Chicken Champion.”
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National Beef Championship

Dates: Monday, June 1st to Sunday, June 21st

Open for public competition! The judging for the contest shall be conducted in two rounds. The first round shall be conducted on June 1st and concludes on June 21st. First Round finalists shall be identified by June 27th. Finalists will be presented to the Second Round to the Giant BBQ Battle Judging Committee consisting of Celebrity BBQ Pitmasters, Professional Chefs and Industry Experts on June 28th with winners being selected at the conclusion of the contest.

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-Autographed Copy of a BBQ Pitmaster Cookbook.
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Smokin’ with Smithfield Rib Contest

Dates: Monday, June 1st to Sunday, June 21st

Open for public competition! The judging for the contest shall be conducted in two rounds. The first round shall be conducted on June 1st and concludes on June 21st. First Round finalists shall be identified by June 27th. Finalists will be presented to the Second Round to the Giant BBQ Battle Judging Committee consisting of Celebrity BBQ Pitmasters, Professional Chefs and Industry Experts on June 28th with winners being selected at the conclusion of the contest.

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-Autographed Copy of a BBQ Pitmaster Cookbook.

Teams competing in the Smokin’ with Smithfield Contest are recommended to use Smithfield’s “Free St. Louis Style Ribs” to prepare for judging in the KCBS Rib category. The highest scoring KCBS Pork Rib entry using Smithfield Ribs will be pro-claimed the “Smokin’ with Smithfield” winner.
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Turkey Smoke BBQ Cooking Contest

Dates: Monday, June 1st to Sunday, June 21st

Open for public competition! The judging for the contest shall be conducted in two rounds. The first round shall be conducted on June 1st and concludes on June 21st. First Round finalists shall be identified by June 27th. Finalists will be presented to the Second Round to the Giant BBQ Battle Judging Committee consisting of Celebrity BBQ Pitmasters, Professional Chefs and Industry Experts on June 28th with winners being selected at the conclusion of the contest.

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-Autographed Copy of a BBQ Pitmaster Cookbook.

Sponsored by the National Turkey Federation, Turkey Smoke offers teams the opportunity to cook-off in the highly competitive Smoked Turkey category. The highest scoring Turkey entry will be proclaimed “Turkey Smoke Champion.”
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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 Andre Rush as our host of the 2020 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, 2020!


America's Best Burger Competition

Dates: Monday, June 1st to Sunday, June 21st

SHOW THE WORLD YOUR BEST BURGER
Enter our “America’s Best Burger Competition” today for a chance to win.

Junior Chef Competition

Dates: Monday, June 1st to Tuesday, June 30th

This year’s Junior Chef Competition is open to ages 17 or younger. Enter your favorite recipe in one of the following categories: Chicken, Beef, Turkey, Pork Ribs, or Vegetarian for a chance to win. Entries will be presented to the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Judging Committee consisting of DPR Celebrity Athletes, BBQ Pitmasters, Professional Chefs and Industry Experts. First 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. Second Place: $250 Giant gift card, Feature on DPR website, and Second Place winner certificate. Third Place: $100 Giant gift card, feature on DPR website, and Third Place winner certificate. Winners will be announced on July 7, 2020.
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