Turkey Smoke Series

Turkey Smoke Series

To further inspire pitmasters about the versatility of turkey on the smoker, the National Turkey Federation is continuing their partnership with the Kansas City Barbeque Society for the Turkey Smoke Series. The Turkey Smoke Series will incorporate a turkey category into select KCBS-sanctioned contests across the U.S. during the 2021 barbeque season. Thousands of dollars in extra prize money and bragging rights will be up for grabs! Winning recipes will also be featured across KCBS and the National Turkey Federation websites and social channels.

2022 Turkey Smoke Series Organizer Applications Now Live

Organizers interested in hosting a 2022 Turkey Smoke ancillary competition will apply, with applications reviewed by KCBS and the National Turkey Federation. Please click here to apply and learn more about the 2022 Turkey Smokes Series.

2021 Turkey Smoke Contests

  • 3/19-20/2021                             Firelake BBQ Cook Off                                                                             Shawnee, OK
  • 4/9-10/2021                                Smoke in the Spring                                                                                    Osage City, KS
  • 4/23-24/2021                             Marietta River City BBQ                                                                          Marietta, OH
  • 5/7-8/2021                                   Minnesota in May                                                                                         Cambridge, MN
  • 6/4-5/2021                                   Original SD BBQ Championships                                                        Huron, SD
  • 6/18-19/2021                             Almost Heaven BBQ Bash                                                                       Roanoke, WV
  • 7/16-17/2021                             KTD Smokin Gobbler Cook Off                                                            Worthington, MN
  • 7/30-31/2021                             Smoke in the Grove                                                                                      Spring Grove, PA
  • 8/13-14/2021                             GOBS Que                                                                                                         Arlington, NE
  • 8/20-21/2021                             Western Legends BBQ Contest                                                           Kanab, UT
  • 8/20-21/2021                              BBQ & Fly-in on the River                                                                       Excelsior Springs, MO
  • 9/16-19/2021                              American Royal World Series of Barbecue                                  Kansas City, KS                       
  • 9/24-25/2021                              Ottumwa Smoketoberfest                                                                      Ottumwa, IA
  • 10/15-16/2021                           Nightmare Before Zom-B-Q                                                                  Galax, VA
  • 10/15-16/2021                           Big Buffalo Crossing BBQ Cook Off                                                  Munfordville, KY
  • 10/22-24/2021                           Red White & Q                                                                                               Jackson, NJ


Turkey Smoke Rules For Teams 

Turkey Smoke is a KCBS ancillary competition category, presented in partnership with the National Turkey Federation.  From tried-and-true traditional smoked and sliced turkey to preparations with a unique twist, the goal of the Turkey Smoke category is to highlight the applications and versatility of turkey in barbeque.  Please note that the rules for Turkey Smoke have changed since the 2020 season and these updated 2021 rules should be read carefully prior to competing.

Turkey Smoke Rules – 2021

  1. Turkey must be the primary protein and primary component of the entry. Other proteins may be used in a supporting role (e.g., bacon-wrapped or sausage-stuffed). Sliced, pulled, or chopped turkey is acceptable in an entry; ground turkey is NOT an acceptable entry. Turkey may be presented with or without skin.
  2. Each contestant will be provided complimentary turkey product, typically a boneless skin-on breast, with the exact cut to be determined with the Organizer prior to the contest. Contestants are encouraged to use the product provided, but are welcome to utilize their own turkey product, provided it is not ground turkey. All contestant-provided proteins are subject to meat inspection.
  3. All KCBS Master Series Rules and Regulations shall apply with the following exceptions:
    1. A food thermometer shall be used to ensure a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 F has been reached to destroy bacteria and prevent food borne illness.
    2. Turkey must be the primary protein and component of the entry. Accompanying or complementary edible ingredients ARE allowed (e.g., mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, relish, fruits, vegetables, cheese, bread, etc.).
      1. If used, these complementary ingredients shall be part of the individual serving portions and cannot be used as a container garnish
      2. KCBS garnish rule 12 applies. Garnish is optional. If used, once determined to be legal, garnish plays no further role in the appearance score. When used, garnish is limited to chopped, sliced, shredded or whole leaves of fresh green lettuce, curly parsley, flat leaf parsley, curly green kale and/or cilantro.

          4. Please refer to KCBS rule 6 for heating sources. Fires shall be of wood, wood pellets, or charcoal. Gas and                               electric  heat sources shall not be permitted for cooking or holding the entry.

Note: All 2021 approved KCBS Turkey Smoke contests count toward the 2021 KCBS Turkey Smoke Team of the Year points chase. Contestants must be KCBS members in good standing to receive points for the Turkey Smoke Team of the Year chase. Turkey Smoke Series will be a teams top three highest scores.

Please contact the contest‘s KCBS Rep with any questions.