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COMPETITION OVERVIEW
NOVEMBER 7-11, 2018
ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA

The World Barbecue Championship will bring the greatest competition barbecue teams, cooks and chefs together in Orange Beach, AL, 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.

The following competitions are State Qualifiers for the 2018 World Barbecue Championship:

Alabama State Qualifier / Alabama Coasting Multi-Media – 2018 - Various Locations in Alabama

California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking Competition – 10/13/18-10/14/18 - Hollywood, California

Tennessee State Qualifier / Public Markets – 2018 – Chattanooga, Tennessee

Tennessee State Qualifier / Beast Feast® BBQ Festival – 9/2/18 – Chattanooga, Tennessee

Texas State Qualifier / City of Port Aransas – 2018 – Port Aransas, Texas

The following competitions are Preferred Qualifiers for the 2018 World Barbecue Championship:
BBQ Gives Back (KCBS Grand Champion) - 3/23/18-3/24/18 - Urbanna, Virginia
Smokin' on the Pecos - (BBQ competition - Day 2) - 6/24/18 - Artesia, New Mexico

The following competitions are Elite Qualifiers for the 2018 World Barbecue Championship:
NBC (Italian National BBQ Championship) - Best Overall Score in BBQ Category - 3/1/18-8/31/18 - Italy
Special International BBQ Invitation - American Speedfest 
- 6/9/18-6/10/18 - Brandshatch, Kent - United Kingdom
Special International BBQ Invitation - Shrewsbury Food Festival
 - 6/23/18-6/24/18 - Shrewsbury, Shropshire - United Kingdom
Special International BBQ Invitation - The Big Meat
 - 8/27/18-8/28/18 - Guildford, Surrey - United Kingdom
Special International BBQ Invitation - The Maldon Smoke & Fire Festival
 - 8/18/18-8/19/18 - Maldon, Essex - United Kingdom
Wild Card Elite Division
 – 2/1/18-8/31/18 – ONLINE

The following competitions are Elite Qualifiers for the 2019 World Barbecue Championship:
Special International BBQ Invitation - Guy Fawkin' Hot & Fast - 11/3/18-11/4/18 - Henfield, West Sussex - United Kingdom

The following competitions are International Qualifiers for the 2019 World Barbecue Championship:
Caribbean Food Championships - 8/18/18-8/19/18 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

The following competitions are automatic qualifiers for the 2018 World Barbecue Championship:

United States Events

Event Location Date
KCBS: 2018 BBQ Grand Champions - Kansas City Barbeque Society Master's SeriesVarious Locations, USOct 1, 2017
MBN: 2018 BBQ Grand Champions - Memphis Barbecue NetworkVarious Locations, USOct 1, 2017
PNWBA: 2018 BBQ Grand Champions - Pacific Northwest BBQ AssociationVarious Locations, USOct 1, 2017
St Louis BBQ Society: 2018 BBQ Grand Champions - St Louis BBQ SocietyVarious Locations, USOct 1, 2017
FBA: 2018 BBQ Grand Champions - Florida BBQ AssociationVarious Locations, USOct 1, 2017
SBN: 2018 BBQ Grand Champions - Southern BBQ NetworkVarious Locations, USOct 1, 2017
SCBA: 2018 BBQ Grand Champions - South Carolina BBQ AssociationVarious Locations, USOct 1, 2017
BCA: 2018 BBQ Grand Champions - Barbecue Competitors AllianceVarious Locations, USOct 1, 2017
IBCA: 2018 BBQ Grand Champions - International Barbeque Cookers AssociationVarious Locations, USOct 1, 2017
2017 BBQ IBCA Open Registration - Kit PartenUS
2017 BBQ Open Registration in KCBS and IBCA - Jeff PetkeviciusUS
2017 KCBS Open BBQ Registration - Huddie Lee StokesVarious Locations, US
International BBQ Team InvitationsVarious Locations, USAug 30, 2018
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten BarbecueOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 World Barbecue Champion - Fred RoblesOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2016 World Food Champion - Kari LukeOrange Beach, AL, US
WFC: 2016 World Barbecue Champion - Luke DarnellOrange Beach, AL, US
Thrilla at the Grilla - 2017Orange Beach, AL, USNov 11, 2017
Alabama State Qualifier / Alabama Coasting Multi-MediaVarious Locations, AL, US
Cowboy Charcoal Fire & Ice Women's Championship Barbeque SeriesOrange Beach, AL, USSep 16, 2018
ABA: 2018 BBQ Grand Champions - Alabama Barbecue AssociationVarious Locations, AL, USOct 1, 2017
Cowboy Charcoal Fire & Ice Women's Championship Barbeque Series - Hot PassOrange Beach, AL, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: 2017 World Food Champion - Lisa GwatneyOrange Beach, AL, US
The BBQ Jelly Queens Jam - 2017Orange Beach, AL, USNov 9, 2017
Bill​ ​E’s​ ​Small​ ​Batch​ ​Bacon - 2017Orange Beach, AL, USNov 9, 2017
Bolner's Fiesta Challenge - 2017Orange Beach, AL, USNov 9, 2017
Smithfield Pork Loin Challenge - 2017Orange Beach, AL, USNov 9, 2017
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking CompetitionHollywood, CA, USOct 13, 2018
WFC: 2015 World Food Champion - Loren HillKissimmee, FL, US
Georgia State Partner Authorized Golden Ticket / ABCAtlanta, GA, USApr 29, 2018
Georgia State Qualifier / Atlanta Food WarsVarious Locations, GA, US
Sunrise Grilling Season Opener - Andy SkahillBettendorf, IA, US
Central Iowa Expo BBQ & Cruise - Day 1 - 2017Boone, IA, US
Bay State BBQ ChampionshipMonsoon, MA, USOct 15, 2017
Missouri State Qualifier / ACWWVarious Locations, MO, US
Missouri State Qualifier / The Show Me Series in Kansas CityKansas City, MO, USJun 21, 2018
Missouri State Qualifier / The Show Me Series in ColumbiaColumbia, MO, USJun 14, 2018
GW Grand Opening Golden Ticket ChallengeRamsey, NJ, USOct 7, 2017
SMOKIN’ ON THE PECOSArtesia, NM, USJun 24, 2018
WFC: 2013 World Food Champion - Dave ElliottLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2014 World Food Champion - Ricardo HerediaLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2013 World Barbecue Champion - Victor HowardLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2014 World Barbecue Champion - Jim ElserLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: WILD CARD ELITE DIVISIONONLINE, USFeb 1, 2018
Smoke on the Harbor BBQ ThrowdownCharleston, SC, USNov 11, 2016
Tennessee State Qualifier / Public MarketsChattanooga, TN, US
Nashville Scene - Best of Nashville 2017 - BBQNashville, TN, US
Tennessee State Qualifier / Beast Feast® BBQ FestivalChattanooga, TN, USSep 2, 2018
BBQ GIVES BACKUrbanna, VA, USMar 23, 2018
2017 Green Mountain BBQ ChampionshipRandolph, VT, USSep 9, 2017

International Events

Event Location Date
CANADIAN BBQ SOCIETYVarious Locations, CAFeb 1, 2018
WBQA: NBC ITALIAN NATIONAL BBQ COMPETITION - BEST OVERALL SCORE IN CATEGORYVarious Locations, ITMar 1, 2018
CARIBBEAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPSSan Juan, PR, PRAug 18, 2018
IBQN: SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL BBQ INVITATION - THE MALDON SMOKE & FIRE FESTIVALMaldon, Essex, GBAug 18, 2018
IBQN: SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL BBQ INVITATION - AMERICAN SPEEDFESTBrandshatch, Kent, GBJun 9, 2018
IBQN: SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL BBQ INVITATION - SHREWSBURY FOOD FESTIVALShrewsbury, Shropshire, GBJun 23, 2018
IBQN: SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL BBQ INVITATION - THE BIG MEATGuildford, Surrey, GBAug 27, 2018
IBQN: SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL BBQ INVITATION - GUY FAWKIN' HOT & FAST (for 2019)Henfield, West Sussex, GBNov 3, 2018