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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:
Georgia State Qualifier / Atlanta BBQ and Grill Classic – 4/28/18-4/29/18 - Various Locations in Georgia

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:
Wild Card Elite Division
 – 2/1/18-8/31/18 – ONLINE

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 presented by Grilla GrillsOrange Beach, AL, USNov 11, 2017
Cowboy Charcoal Fire & Ice Women's Championship Barbeque SeriesOrange Beach, AL, USNov 9, 2018
WFC: 2015 World Food Champion - Loren HillKissimmee, FL, US
Georgia State Qualifier / Atlanta BBQ and Grill ClassicMcDonough, GA, USApr 28, 2018
Sunrise Grilling Season Opener - Andy SkahillBettendorf, IA, US
Bay State BBQ ChampionshipMonsoon, MA, USOct 15, 2017
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, USJan 1, 2018
Smoke on the Harbor BBQ ThrowdownCharleston, SC, USNov 11, 2016
Nashville Scene - Best of Nashville 2017 - BBQNashville, TN, US
BBQ GIVES BACKUrbanna, VA, USMar 23, 2018
2017 Green Mountain BBQ ChampionshipRandolph, VT, USSep 9, 2017

International Events

Event Location Date
Canadian BBQ Society (Barbecue)CA
DOMINICAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPSSanto Domingo, DO
WBQA: NBC Italian National BBQ Competition - Best Overall Score in BBQModena, ITMar 1, 2018