To provide opportunities for top-performing KCBS pitmasters to compete on a global stage for the title of “KCBS World Champion,” the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) is pleased to announce its second KCBS World Invitational Barbeque Competition, presented by Smithfield®. The KCBS World Invitational competition will be held Nov. 13 – 14, 2020 at the Prairie Band Casino & Resorts in Mayetta, Kan. All KCBS World Invitational qualifying pitmasters must be members in good standing of the Kansas City Barbeque Society to compete in the World Invitational. The 2020 KCBS Banquet, recognizing Team of the Year winners, outstanding judges, and key KCBS volunteers will be held in conjunction with the World Invitational November 13 – 14.
To qualify for the opportunity to compete for the KCBS World Champion title, trophies, cash and bragging rights, Master Series Division pitmasters must win Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion at a KCBS-sanctioned Master series barbeque contest between Jan. 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020. Pitmasters may qualify at any of the nearly 500 contests that KCBS sanctions annually in the U.S. and across 42 countries globally.
New for 2020 is the addition of the Backyard Division, in which amateur pitmasters compete for the title of “KCBS World Backyard Rib Champion” and “KCBS World Backyard Chicken Champion”. To qualify to compete, Backyard Division teams must win 1st place Ribs or 1st place Chicken at a KCBS-sanctioned Backyard contest.
“We are looking forward to bringing together top pitmasters from all across the U.S. and among our International community of 42 countries to compete for the coveted title of ‘KCBS World Champion,’” said Emily Detwiler, Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. “The addition and recognition for our Backyard Teams to participate is a significant step toward fueling the passion around smoking and grilling among the amateur live-fire cooking enthusiast. We are pleased to partner with Smithfield, a high-quality protein brand and long-time partner within the competition barbeque space. Smithfield has created innovative programs to invest in barbeque over the last few years, and we appreciate their efforts to partner with KCBS to continue providing opportunities for Pitmasters, Judges, and Organizers to grow the sport.”
Qualifying teams will be sent an email with details on signing up, including a link for registration from the Kansas City Barbeque Society as soon as registration is open.  A link for Judge and Volunteer registration will be available soon on the event website www.KCBSInvitational.com. Judges should be willing to Judge, Volunteer in the Judging Tent, or be a Table Captain. We will also need miscellane‚Äčous Event Volunteers throughout the weekend, so please let us know if you’d like to Volunteer without being involved in the judging process.
All KCBS World Invitational Qualifiers, Competitors and Judges must be members in good standing of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Be sure to join or renew your membership at www.kcbs.us or call the office at 1-800-963-5227.
To learn more about the KCBS World Invitational and to follow along for future updates for Team, Judge and Volunteer registration, along with banquet and hotel information, visit www.KCBSInvitational.com.