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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
Missouri State Qualifier / The Show Me Series (ACWW) – 2018 – Various Locations in Missouri
Tennessee State Qualifier / Beast Feast® BBQ Festival – 9/2/18 – Chattanooga, Tennessee

The following competitions are Preferred Qualifiers for the 2018 World Barbecue Championship:
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:
Eggs on the Beach hosted by Bay Breeze Patio - Judge's Choice - 9/29/18 - Miramar Beach, Florida
Kitchen Ambush - KA PitMaster Invitational 9/29/18 - Virginia Beach, Virginia
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
Walmart Online Recipe Contest "Food Champ Fresh"/Wild Card Elite Division – 7/20/18-7/30/18 – ONLINE
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 State Partner Authorized Qualifiers for the 2019 World Barbecue Championship:
Backyard BBQ Contest - 10/20/18 - McDonough, Georgia

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
Culinary Fight Club - 2017Various Locations, US
Culinary Fight Club - 2018Various Locations, USJan 1, 2018
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
Special Invitation - Brad OrrisonUSJul 2, 2018
Walmart Online Recipe Contest "Food Champ Fresh"Various Locations, USJul 20, 2018
Bo’s Burgers Online Recipe Contest “Bo’s All-American Burger Battle” - 2nd-3rd PlaceUSJun 29, 2018
Wild Card Elite Division - John HokansonUS
KCBS: 2018 BBQ Reserve Grand ChampionsVarious Locations, USOct 1, 2017
IBCA: IBCA Division - Add-on BBQ Registration for 2018US
WFC: EAT Division - Add-on BBQ Registration for 2018US
2017 Open BBQ Registration - Huddie Lee StokesVarious Locations, US
Hog Eye BBQUSSep 13, 2018
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten BarbecueOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten SeafoodOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 World Barbecue Champion - EAT - 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 / WFC Team AlabamaVarious 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
Birmingham BurgerFest 2018Birmingham, AL, USJun 2, 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
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten Burger - Adam PritchettOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 World Barbecue Champion - IBCA - Fred RoblesOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
Delta Smoke Steak ContestWynne, AR, USJun 8, 2018
Special Invitation - Tammy StangerPhoenix, AZ, USMar 19, 2018
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking CompetitionHollywood, CA, US
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking CompetitionHollywood, CA, US
WFC: 2015 World Food Champion - Loren HillKissimmee, FL, US
Eggs on the Beach hosted by Bay Breeze Patio - Judge's ChoiceMiramar Beach, FL, USSep 29, 2018
Eggs on the Beach hosted by Bay Breeze Patio - People's ChoiceMiramar Beach, FL, USSep 29, 2018
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
WFC Special Invitation - Heather ManleyHopkins, MN, US
Missouri State Qualifier / The Show Me SeriesVarious Locations, MO, US
Montana BBQ Cook-off (Dessert competition)Absarokee, MT, USJun 24, 2018
GW Grand Opening Golden Ticket ChallengeRamsey, NJ, USOct 7, 2017
SMOKIN’ ON THE PECOSArtesia, NM, USJun 24, 2018
Smokin' on the Pecos (Day 1)Artesia, NM, USJun 22, 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
WFC: #Taste of America - Burger - 2nd-3rd PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: #Taste of America - Chicken - 2nd-3rd PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Recipe ShowdownONLINE, USApr 2, 2018
WFC: #Taste of America - Seafood - 2nd-3rd PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: #Taste of America - BBQ - 1st PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: #Taste of America - BBQ - 2nd-3rd PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
Smoke on the Harbor BBQ ThrowdownCharleston, SC, USNov 11, 2016
Nashville Scene - Best of Nashville 2017 - BBQNashville, TN, US
Tennessee State Qualifier / Beast Feast® BBQ FestivalChattanooga, TN, USSep 2, 2018
Memphis in MayMemphis, TN, USMay 16, 2018
Big BBQ BashMaryville, TN, USJun 22, 2018
Tennessee State Qualifier / Beast Feast® BBQ FestivalChattanooga, TN, USSep 2, 2018
State of Texas High School BBQ Cook OffBurnet, TX, USMay 5, 2018
BBQ Gives BackUrbanna, VA, USMar 23, 2018
Kitchen Ambush - KA PitMaster InvitationalVirginia Beach, VA, USSep 29, 2018
2017 Green Mountain BBQ ChampionshipRandolph, VT, USSep 9, 2017

International Events

Event Location Date
AUSTRALIAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPSTBA, AU
KCBS: Vienna Barbeque DaysVienna, ATJul 14, 2018
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, PR
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