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NOVEMBER 3-10, 2015

The World Barbecue Championship will bring the greatest competition barbecue teams, cooks and chefs together in Kissimmee, Fla. to settle the score and name the World Barbecue Champion. The World Barbecue Champion will advance to the Final Table and see if ‘America’s Cuisine’ will rule the world.

Choosing from all the major sanctioning bodies and an open registration process, The World Food Championships will accept the champions of the world’s premier barbecue competitions to compete in Kissimmee.

This year, the barbecue competition will be even hotter than in past years. Due to the relocation of the World Food Championships to Kissimmee, Fla., the World Barbecue Championship will be open to at least 100 teams at this year’s event, twice the amount of teams at last year’s WFC. The WFC barbecue category will also be a sanctioned KCBS event, making it possible for KCBS teams to earn those coveted Team of the Year points.

This allows the World Food Championships to have an open registration for the World Barbecue Championship for up to 50 teams. The remaining 50 spots will be designated as usual through select Automatic and Preferred Qualifiers and International Championships.

What will start as a host of the absolute best championship pitmasters will end up with just one winner… the World Barbecue Champion.

Registration Open


2015 WFC Competitor Packet (BARBECUE)

Competition Structure

The World Barbecue Championship features three rounds of competition.
Ancillary Categories:  competitors will compete for bonus cash in the ancillary competitions, points and scores do not apply to the overall championship.  
Competition Categories:  all competitors will compete in the World Barbecue Championship and turn-in various meats that will be defined in the competitor packet.  
Finalist Round:  the top ten competitors in the opening round will face off for culinary supremacy in a special barbecue-themed finalist competition.

How to Qualify

The World Barbecue Championship will be limited to the first 100 entrants who are fully qualified, registered and confirmed. Any qualified entrant who wants to compete after the field is full must seek a special exemption from the WFC competition committee.

The following events are preferred qualifiers for the 2015 World Barbecue Championship: 

Smokin' on the River—BBQ, Blues and Brew Festival 

Bear's Smokehouse New England BBQ Championships

'Que at the View BBQ Fest 

Cookmore World Food Barbecue Challenge 

Bynum School's Best of the Basin BBQ Championship 

Hill City Wine, Brew & BBQ

River Grill Before the Big Chill

The following events are automatic qualifiers for the 2015 World Barbecue Championship: 

KCBS Bixby BBQ n Blues Festival – Bixby, OK
KCBS Smokin' On the River—BBQ, Blues and Brew Festival — Jeffersonville, IN
KCBS Pork in the Park – Salisbury, MD
KCBS Dana Point BBQ – Dana Point, CA
KCBS Tony Stone Low and Slow – Zanndam, Netherlands
KCBS Whistle Stop Festival & Rocket City BBQ – Huntsville, AL
KCBS Bakersfield’s Biggest Baddest BBQ Championship – Bakersfield, CA
KCBS Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass – Sevierville, TN
KCBS Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que – Evans, GA
KCBS Blue Ridge BBQ Festival – Tryon, NC
KCBS Colorado BBQ Challenge – Frisco, CO
KCBS Iowa State BBQ Championship – Marshalltown, IA
KCBS Great Lenexa BBQ Battle – Lenexa, KS
KCBS Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle – Washington DC
KCBS I Love Barbecue & Music Festival – Lake Placid, NY
KCBS Pork & Brew State BBQ Championship – Rio Rancho, NM
KCBS SC Festival of Discovery – Greenwood, SC
KCBS New Jersey State BBQ Championship – North Wildwood, NJ
KCBS Up in Smoke BBQ Bash – Mason City, IA
KCBS Dillard Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival – Dillard, GA
KCBS Santa Anita Park Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship – Arcadia, CA
KCBS Madison Ribberfest Barbeque and Blues – Madison, IN
KCBS Wyoming State BBQ Championship – Worland, WY
KCBS Smokin’ in Mesquite BBQ Challenge – Mesquite, NV
KCBS City of Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival – Bedford, TX
KCBS Colorado Pork & Hops Challenge – Grand Junction, CO
KCBS Decatur Jaycees Annual Riverfest – Decatur, AL
KCBS Cherokee Strip Cookoff – Ponca City, OK
KCBS Roots n Blues n BBQ – Columbia, MO
KCBS Shawnee Great Grillers State Championship – Shawnee, KS
KCBS Bikes, Blues & BBQ – Fayetteville, AR
KCBS 2014 American Royal – Kansas City MO (invitational)
KCBS 2014 American Royal – Kansas City MO (open)
KCBS Red, White and Que – Cresskill, NJ
KCBS Best of the Basin
KCBS Big Island BBQ
KCBS West Coast BBQ Classic
KCBS Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons
KCBS 2014 Sam’s Club National Championship – Bentonville, AR
KCBS Hog Happnin’ – Shelby, NC
KCBS The National BBQ Cup – Cumming, GA 
KCBS River Grill Before the Big Chill
KCBS Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel 
KCBS Shot Gun Fired BBQ Showdown
KCBS Colorado Rockies Invitational
KCBS Table Rock and Ribs
  Darlington Speed and Feed
SLBS Wildwood Bash
TGCBA Hold’em Hit Em Club BBQ Cookoff
TGCBA Humble Rodeo & BBQ Cookoff
TGCBA Texas Gulf Coast BBQ Cookers Association Invitational
SCBA SC Peach Festival – Gaffney, SC
SCBA Bands, Brews and BBQ – Port Royal, SC
SCBA Piggin’ in the Park – Saluda Shoals, SC
NEBS Roc City Ribfest – Rochester, NY
IBCA Smokin’ on the Rio
IBCA Party in the Pits
IBCA Homer’s Backyard Ball (BBQ Competition)
MBN Smoke on the Mountain BBQ Championship – Galax, VA
MBN Murphysboro BBQ Cookoff – Murphysboro, IL
MBN Southaven Springfest – Southaven, MS
MBN MBN Invitational – Memphis, TN
MBN Mississippi Delta State Barbecue Championship – Cleveland MS
Independent  World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest – Houston, TX
Independent  Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest– Memphis, TN
Independent  Naperville’s Exchange Club’s Ribfest – Naperville, IL
Independent  Jazz & Rib Fest – Columbus, OH
Independent  Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off – Reno, NV 
Independent  Fire on Ice Barbecue World Championship – Mille Lacs Lake, MN
MABA Southern Maryland Brew & BBQ – Leonardtown, MD
MABA Keystone Classic – Harrisburg, PA
FBA Smoke on the Water – Winter Haven FL
FBA The Old Florida Outdoor Festival – Apopka FL
FBA Ribs on the Ridge – Haines City FL
FBA Southeast Regional Pigfest – Tallahassee FL
FBA Smoke on the Water BBQ Festival – Thomaston GA
FBA Tri State Barbecue Festival – Dothan AL
FBA Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash – Venice FL
FBA Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival – Barnesville GA
FBA Central Florida BBQ Blowout – Oviedo FL
FBA Smoke Under The Oaks BBQ – Bainbridge GA
FBA Smokin’ Pig Fest – Lake City FL
FBA Smokin on the Suwanee – Live Oak FL
GBA Smoke on the Lake – Acworth Georgia
GBA Going Coastal – Fernindina Florida
PNWBA North Plains Smokehouse Summit
PNWBA Fire It Up BBQ Cookoff II
PNWBA Tree Top Skewered Apple BBQ Championship
PNWBA Smokin in the Root
PNWBA Cheney Jubilee
PNWBA Tour de Terrace BBQ Championship
OBR Smokin on the Big Creek

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Rules, processes and tournament structure for the WFC are subject to change, but all decisions made by the WFC competition committee are final.