KCBS BBQ Contest
Western Legend’s BBQ Cook-Off is a fully sanctioned KCBS contest. It is an outgrowth of event planning- barbecue’s proudest distinction: the Kanab community.
This BBQ Cook-Off is a family friendly event, a judged cooking contest, and an experience for passionate barbeque enthusiasts of all ages. Passionate and talented grilling teams will be coming from to Kanab all over the West to compete for $10,000 in prize money! Teams must prepare entries in the following categories: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. Certified KCBS judges will evaluate barbeque in three different criteria: taste, appearance and texture. In addition to the cash prizes, this is a “Masters Series” is a qualifying event for the participants to progress to the prestigious American Royale and the Jack Daniels World Championships.
In addition to the Masters Series, Western Legends is also putting on a “Peoples Choice” BBQ Competition for both the pros and locals. Western Legends guests and locals can purchase tickets to vote for which grillin tastes bests. There’s a $1,000 purse for the winner, and proceeds from ticket sales will go to a local charity. KCBS winners will receive a check by mail within 14 days of the event.
For more information, contact:
Marybeth Kuntz: email@example.com or 314 750 3253
Western Legends Barbecue Competition Heats Up
Kanab will host 45 teams this year for the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s (KCBS) barbecue competition during Western Legends on August 14th and 15th. This is more than double the number of teams that competed in 2019!
Western Legends Roundup added the KCBS competition to its event line up in 2017 as part of the strategy to diversify which is now called, Western Legends Heritage & Music Festival. KCBS is the largest competitive barbecue organization in the world and event organizers had high hopes that it would gain traction and become a major element because of the clout of the organization. This year it will pay off.
While Kanab has taken a big hit on tourism this year due to COVID-19, it appears that COVID-19 has been a big factor in the Kanab KCBS event growing rapidly this year. Unfortunately many KCBS competitions were cancelled earlier in the year due to the pandemic and a lot of teams haven’t been able to do what they live to do- barbecue for prize money. “These teams are so excited to come to Kanab and compete for $11,000 in prize money,” said MaryBeth Kuntz, the volunteer KCBS competition coordinator for Kane County. “My husband, Jim and I are passionate about this event and it’s great to see it be such a success.”
“We truly appreciate the hard work and passion of MaryBeth and Jim. This event wouldn’t be what it is without them. The county is grateful for their contribution to Western Legends,” said Camille Johnson Taylor, director of tourism for Kane County. “They have worked wonderfully with our county event coordinator, Lannell Dove, to implement all the rigorous COVID-19 requirements to host an event.”
The KCBS Barbecue Competition will be on the north end of Main Street, utilizing the elementary school property during Western Legends. On Saturday, guests are invited to buy a plate with samples of meat for $5 from 2 p.m to 3 p.m. and vote on the favorite team for the “People’s Choice Award.” Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Visitor Center or at Information Booth on Main Street during the event.
The proceeds from the $5 plate of meat will be donated to the Kanab Elementary teacher’s school supply fund. “We really appreciate Mr. Trumbull and the elementary school staff working with us to provide a location for our competition. We are thrilled to be able to give back to the teacher’s school supply fund,” said Kuntz. Winners from the People’s Choice Award will be announced on the stage located at the south end of the Street Fair just after 3 p.m.
The barbecue competition is a family-friendly event and an experience for passionate barbecue enthusiasts of all ages. Teams must prepare entries in the following categories: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. Certified KCBS judges will evaluate the barbecue in three different criteria: taste, appearance and texture. In addition to the cash prizes, this is a Master Series qualifying event for the participants to go on to the prestigious American Royale and the Jack Daniels World Championships.
For more information on the KCBS barbecue competition or the Western Legends Heritage & Music Festival, go to KanabWesternLegends.com