World's Championship Bar-B-Que

Texas-Style Cooking

You won't want to miss the biggest pre-party to the world's largest livestock show and rodeo. More than 250 teams led by barbecue aficionados will compete in a traditional Texas cook-off.  While most team tents are invitation-only, visitors can enjoy the public venues including the Miller Lite Garden, Rockin' Bar-B-Que Saloon and the Chuck Wagon, where you receive a complimentary chopped beef sandwich plate.  Come enjoy three days of cooking, competition, eating and dancing!

The Garden

The Garden, located in the center of the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, provides live music all three days of the contest for a fun family event.

Line up coming soon. 

Rockin' Bar-B-Que Saloon

Visit The Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon, where you and your friends can dance the night away to live music and DJ. Or, if you prefer, take a seat and relax on the outside patio area and enjoy a cold beverage. Either way, this venue is a must for the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest visitors. Free admission to the public once you are on the Contest grounds – no tent pass needed. The saloon is located on the north side of the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest (intersection of Astrodome Way and Chuckwagon Way).

Drink Tickets

Redeem World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest Drink Tickets to purchase drinks. Tickets are $2 each.

  • Soda/water - 1 ticket
  • Beer - 2 tickets
  • Craft beer, 16 oz - 4 tickets
  • Craft beer sample, 3 oz - 1 ticket

Chuck Wagon at the Saloon

With the cost of admission to the Contest, enjoy a chopped barbecue beef sandwich plate with chips and beans in the public food tent, The Chuck Wagon, located inside the Rockin' Bar-B-Que Saloon.

Tickets

Tickets include admission into to all public venues at the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, including the Miller Lite Garden, Rockin' Bar-B-Que Saloon and the Chuck Wagon, as well as a complimentary chopped beef sandwich plate. Tickets are only valid during the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, except for the children's tickets, which may be used during the run of the Show.

Prices

  • Adult (Ages 13 & over): $15
  • Child (Ages 3 – 12): $5
  • Children age 2 and under are free and do not require a ticket.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the entrance gates into NRG Park.

Events

Parking

Public Parking

Parking is available in the Miller Lite Yellow Lot and the 610 Lot for $20. Additional parking is available at offsite shuttle locations.

Handicap Parking

Approximately 300 spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Miller Lite Green Lot.

Private Bus Drop-Off

Enter the Miller Lite Green Lot through Gate 13 off Lantern Point. Turn left to drop off passengers at the taxi stand. Exit Gate 13 at Murworth/Kirby and stage on the Green Lot side of Murworth if needed.

Tram Service

Download | Tram Map

Schedule

  • Thursday - starts at 4 p.m. (Yellow Lot only)
  • Friday - starts at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday - starts at noon

Map

Download | WCBBQ Map

Past Winners

2014

Overall Grand Champion – BBQ Commanders 3

  • First Runner Up Overall – Fayette County Go Texan
  • Second Runner Up Overall – Jack Daniel's Winner – Cool Smoke

Brisket

  • Champion – Fayette County Go Texan
  • First Runner Up – Jack Daniel's Winner – Cool Smoke 
  • Second Runner Up – Jack Daniel's Barrelhouse Cookers 1

Ribs

  • Champion – Tejas Cookers 2
  • First Runner Up – Hot Knots Cooking Team
  • Second Runner Up – The New Bull @ 100.3

Chicken

  • Champion – BBQ Commanders 3
  • First Runner Up – Bulldog Mountain Cookin' Crew 3
  • Second Runner Up – Killin' Time Kookers 2

Go Texan

  • Best Barbecue – Fayette County Go Texan
  • Runner Up – Colorado County Go Texan

Dutch Oven Dessert

  • Champion – Triple A Cookers
  • First Runner Up – Be Somebody
  • Second Runner Up – Texas Night Owls 1

Specialty Awards

  • Most Colorful Team – Rams Club
  • Runner Up Most Colorful Team – Bad Girls Gone Wild
  • Go Texan Most Colorful – Colorado County Go Texan
  • Runner Up Go Texan Most Colorful – Nueces County Go Texan
  • Most Unique Pit – Lost Village Team
  • Runner Up Most Unique Pit – Cowboy Mardi Gras Kookers
  • Best Team Skit – Harrison County Go Texan
  • Runner Up Best Team Skit – Devils River Mountain Men
  • Cleanest Team Area – Rams Club
  • Runner Up Cleanest Team Area – Holy Cow Cookers
  • Go Texan Recycling – Calhoun County
  • Recycling – Texas Social Club

Top Teams

(PDF Downloads)

2013

  • Overall Grand Champion
    Across the Track Cook-off Team



  • First Runner Up
    Overall Grand Champion
    Devils River Mountain Men 1
  • Second Runner Up
    Overall Grand Champion
    Hill County Area Go Texan

Brisket

  • Champion Brisket
    Hill County Area Go Texan
  • First Runner Up Brisket
    Lonesome Dove Cookers 1
  • Second Runner Up Brisket
    3S Cookers

Ribs

  • Champion Ribs
    Across the Track Cook-off Team
  • First Runner Up Ribs
    Devils River Mountain Men 1
  • Second Runner Up Ribs
    Moonlight Cookers

Chicken

  • Champion Chicken
    Red’s Young Guns
  • First Runner Up Chicken
    Texas Tornado Cookers 3
  • Second Runner Up Chicken
    Over the Hill Gang 3

Go Texan

  • Go Texan Best Barbecue
    Hill County Area Go Texan
  • Runner Up Go Texan Best Barbecue
    Fayette County Area Go Texan

  • Dutch Oven Dessert
    Chevy Cookers 1
  • First Runner Up
    Dutch Oven Dessert
    Live Oak County Area Go Texan
  • Second Runner Up
    Dutch Oven Dessert
    Smokin’ Amigos 1

Specialty Awards

  • Most Colorful Team
    Holy Cow Cookers
  • Runner Up Most Colorful Team
    Chevy Cookers
  • Go Texan Most Colorful
    Metro Go Texan 3 Road Dog Cookers
  • Runner Up Go Texan Most Colorful
    Harrison County Area Go Texan
  • Most Unique Pit
    Shelby County Area Go Texan
  • Runner Up Most Unique Pit
    Cowboy Mardi Gras
  • Best Team Skit
    Devils River Mountain Men
  • Runner Up Best Team Skit
    Harrison County Area Go Texan
  • Cleanest Team Area
    Chevy Cookers
  • Go Texan Recycling
    Calhoun County Area Go Texan
  • Recycling
    Holy Cow Cookers

Top Teams

(PDF Downloads)

2012

Overall Grand Champion

  • Motley Que Crew

Champion Brisket

  • Keep'er Hot Cooking Team Champion Ribs
  • Houston Metro Go Texan 5 / Road Dog Cookers

Champion Chicken

  • Motley Que Crew

Go Texan Best Barbecue

  • Jasper County Area Go Texan

Dutch Oven Dessert Contest

  • Swine-Os

Most Colorful Team

  • Ram's Club

Go Texan Most Colorful

  • Krazy Kookers

Most Unique Pit

  • Pitmakers

Best Team Skit

  • Pitmakers

Cleanest Team Area

  • Ram's Club

Go Texan Recycling

  • Calhoun County Area Go Texan

Recycling

  • Blowin' Smoke