Bar-B-Que Contest

More than 250 teams, led by barbecue aficionados, compete in the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. While most team tents are invitation-only, visitors can enjoy several public venues, including The Garden, Rockin' Bar-B-Que Saloon and the Chuck Wagon.  Plus, the carnival is open, for wild rides and fun games.

The Miller Lite Stage at The Garden features some of the best up-and-coming and established artists in Texas country. The Rockin' Bar-B-Que Saloon also features live and DJ music, and has an outside patio for visitors to enjoy. Inside the saloon is the Chuck Wagon, where visitors can pick up their complimentary sliced beef sandwich with chips and beans. 

Contestant Information

Feb. 22 - 24, 2018

The 2018 World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest schedule will be posted once available.

Contest Tickets

Tickets allow entrance into NRG Park for the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest and includes a complimentary sliced barbecue beef sandwich plate, access to live music areas and admission to the carnival.

NOT INCLUDED: access to private tents – If you have a private tent pass, you must also have a grounds ticket. Tent passes are not for sale and are distributed by the Bar-B-Que teams. 

Ticket Information

Drink Tickets

Redeem Bar-B-Que Contest Drink Tickets to purchase drinks. Tickets are $2 each and are purchased on the grounds.

  • Soda/water: 1 ticket
  • Beer: 2 tickets
  • Craft beer, 16 oz: 4 tickets
The Garden

Parking & Transportation

Parking for the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is different than the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ parking. 

On-Site Parking

PUBLIC PARKING 
Public on-site parking is available for $20 in the following locations:

Miller Lite Yellow Lot
  • Location: The primary route to the Yellow Lot is 610 to Main St., enter Gate 16 off Main St.
  • Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pricing: $20
610 Lot
  • Location: Entrance is off West Bellort and Kirby.
  • Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pricing: $20

HANDICAPPED-ACCESSIBLE PARKING 
A limited number of ADA parking, including van accessible parking, are available in the Miller Lite Teal and Yellow lots for $20 per day. These spaces are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. Present valid state issued handicap placard or vehicle registration for access. Once ADA parking is FULL, ADA customers will be re-directed to the nearest ADA accessible or general parking lot.

Miller Lite Teal Lot (Also the ADA drop-off and pick-up location)
  • Location: Entrance is Gate 14 off of Murworth
  • Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pricing: $20
Miller Lite Yellow Lot
  • Location: The primary route to the Yellow Lot is 610 to Main St., enter Gate 16 off Main St.
  • Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pricing: $20

Park & Ride

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Trams

Trams will run from the METRORail to the Bar-B-Que Contest

Uber

  • Drop-offs and pick-ups are in Yellow Lot 38.
  • Entrance Gate 16B Yellow Lot 38 from the north bound lanes of Main Street is the only access to the lot. There is no left turn lane access allowed from the south bound lanes of Main Street.

Contest Map

View the map to find the public venues, drink ticket stations, carnival tickets, restrooms and more. Please note, the tents are listed by barbecue team names. 

2017 Map

Public Venues

With a Bar-B-Que Contest ticket, visitors may enjoy the Miller Lite Stage at The Garden, which presents some of the best names in Texas country music. The Garden is located in the center of the contest grounds.

A delicious complimentary sliced beef sandwich plate with chips and beans awaits guests at The Chuck Wagon, and next door, visitors will enjoy the Rockin' Bar-B-Que Saloon, which features live and DJ music. At the saloon you can find an outdoor patio area.

The Carnival is available for people to enjoy throughout the day and night.

About the Carnival

Winners

The World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is an invitation-only competition. The winners of this competition are truly the best of the best.


2017

Grand Champion

  • Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ

First Runner Up

  • Top Hand Cookers 2

Second Runner Up

  • Roadkill BBQ Company 2

Brisket

  • Champion – Roadkill BBQ Company 2
  • First Runner Up – Roadkill BBQ Company 1
  • Second Runner Up – Jack Daniels Barrelhouse Cookers 1

Ribs

  • Champion – Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ
  • First Runner Up – Top Hand Cookers 2
  • Second Runner Up – Wild Game Crew 1

Chicken

  • Champion – Washington County Go Texan
  • First Runner Up – Bulldog Mountain Cooking Crew
  • Second Runner Up – Bottomless Pit Cooking Team 1

Go Texan

  • Go Texan Best Barbecue – Washington County Go Texan
  • Runner Up – Austin County Go Texan

Dutch Oven

  • Champion 100.3 The Bull
  • First Runner Up Houston Proud Yeller Bellies
  • Second Runner UpWillis Group

Specialty Awards

  • Most Colorful Team – PBR Cookers
  • Runner Up Most Colorful Team – Houston First Corporation
  • Go Texan Most Colorful – Falls County Go Texan
  • Runner Up Go Texan Most Colorful – Metro Go Texan, Gridiron Cookers
  • Most Unique Pit – Lost Village Cooking Team
  • Runner Up Most Unique Pit – Shelby County Go Texan
  • Best Team Skit – Brazos County Go Texan
  • Runner Up Best Team Skit – Devil’s River Mountain Men
  • Cleanest Team Area – Floyd Morrow & Larkin
  • Runner Up Cleanest Team Area – Clifton Chevy Cookers

2016

Grand Champion

  • Bulldog Mountain Cookin' Crew 2

First Runner Up

  • Washington County Go Texan

Second Runner Up

  • Xtreme Texas Cookers 4

Brisket

  • Champion –Xtreme Texas Cookers 4
  • First Runner Up – Cool Smoke (2015 Jack Daniel's Invitational Winner)
  • Second Runner Up – Valero Texas Gasoline Alley Cookers 1

Ribs

  • Champion – Bulldog Mountain Cookin' Crew 2
  • First Runner Up – Comcast Business 4
  • Second Runner Up – Grills Gone Wild Iowa (2015 American Royal Winner)

Chicken

  • Champion – Washington County Go Texan
  • First Runner Up – Bulldog Mountain Cookin' Crew 3
  • Second Runner Up – Damnifino Team 3

Go Texan

  • Go Texan Best Barbecue – Washington County Go Texan
  • Runner Up – Lavaca County Go Texan

Dutch Oven

  • Champion – Jasper County Go Texan
  • First Runner Up – Red's Young Guns
  • Second Runner Up – Refugio County Go Texan

Specialty Awards

  • Most Colorful Team – Holy Cow Cookers
  • Runner Up Most Colorful Team – Devil's River Mountain Men
  • Go Texan Most Colorful – Metro Go Texan 4 – Road Dog Cookers
  • Runner Up Go Texan Most Colorful – Jasper County Go Texan
  • Most Unique Pit – Fowl Feathered Cookers
  • Runner Up Most Unique Pit – Lost Village Cooking Team
  • Best Team Skit – Brazos County Go Texan
  • Runner Up Best Team Skit – Holy Cow Cookers
  • Cleanest Team Area – Chevy Cookers
  • Runner Up Cleanest Team Area – Limestone County
  • Go Texan Recycling – Calhoun County
  • Recycling – Brisket Cases

Download | Top 100 Teams

Download | Top 25 Dutch Oven

2015

Grand Champion

  • Across the Track Cook-off Team

First Runner Up

  • Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ

Second Runner Up

  • Ram’s Club

Brisket

  • Champion – Hill County Go Texan
  • First Runner Up – Xtreme Texas Cookers
  • Second Runner Up – Waste Management Two Steppers

Ribs

  • Champion – 100.3 The Bull
  • First Runner Up – Fowl Feathered Cookers
  • Second Runner Up – Texas Trail Tramps

Chicken

  • Champion – Across the Track Cook-off Team
  • First Runner Up – Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ
  • Second Runner Up – Ram’s Club

Go Texan

  • Go Texan Best Barbecue – Hill County Go Texan
  • Runner Up – Goliad County Go Texan

Dutch Oven

  • Champion – Tejas Cookers
  • First Runner Up – Tyler County
  • Second Runner Up – Jasper County

Specialty Awards

  • Most Colorful Team – Bad Girls Gone Wild
  • Runner Up Most Colorful Team – Floyd, Morrow & Larkin
  • Go Texan Most Colorful – Metro Go Texan 3: Gridiron Cookers
  • Runner Up Go Texan Most Colorful – Jasper County Go Texan
  • Most Unique Pit – Lost Village Cooking Team
  • Runner Up Most Unique Pit – Bottomless Pit Cooking Team
  • Best Team Skit – Takes a Village
  • Runner Up Best Team Skit – Devil’s River Mountain Men
  • Cleanest Team Area – We BQ’n
  • Runner Up Cleanest Team Area – Floyd, Morrow & Larkin
  • Go Texan Recycling – Calhoun County
  • Recycling – Blowing Smoke

Download | Top 100 Teams

Download | Top 25 Dutch Oven