Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge

In 2017, Mike Lindley with Smokin’ Mo’s smoked the competition to win Overall Grand Champ and $2,000 in the official Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned competition.

The Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge

Gilroy Garli-que BBQ Challenge Team Entry - Click here to apply


The Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge 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).

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 and trophies will be awarded in all four meat categories, People's Choice, and "Anything Goes with Garlic."

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, 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!

Gilroy Garlic Festival Backyard BBQ Rib Throwdown - Click here to apply


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