The Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge
This is a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned four meat Championship Series event, a Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue (draw), an American Royal Invitational Qualifier and a Team of the Year (ToY) event for both KCBS and the California BBQ Association (CBBQA). In 2018 the prize purse was $11,000 plus trophies.
There is an optional fifth category of “Anything Goes with Garlic” as well as People’s Choice. “Anything Goes With Garlic” will be any BBQ’d or grilled dish incorporating fresh garlic. Judging will be 100% KCBS certified.
Cash prizes will be awarded from 1st through 10th place in all four meat categories, with trophies for 1st through 5th. The top three finishers in People's Choice and "Anything Goes with Garlic" will be awarded prize money and trophies.
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is recognized as the world's greatest summer food festival, featuring three days of great garlicky food, three stages of live entertainment, cooking contests, arts & crafts, and fun for the whole family. Over 4,000 volunteers host the event with proceeds benefiting the community. Since its inception in 1979, over $11.7 million have been distributed to local schools, charities, and non-profit organizations.
Gilroy Garlic Festival Backyard BBQ Rib Throwdown
Amateur BBQ’ers (who have never competed in a sanctioned, professional BBQ event) will compete on Sunday, July 28 to produce their best rack of ribs. BBQ’ers will compete for trophies, prize money for the top 3 teams, and bragging rights to say they cooked the best ribs at the Gilroy Garlic Festival!