Backyard cooking at it’s best!

No need for any special or fancy equipment to be in our Backyard Competition…just your backyard smoker or grill and a little cooking skill. If you have ever wanted to get your feet wet and try competitive barbecue but are not up to the task of cooking in a professional competition that includes 4 meats and 30 minutes apart turn-ins, try the Rotary Rock-n- Ribs Backyard Competition.

The Backyard Competition only consists of two meats and you don’t have to cook the meats all night. Just bring your tent or camper, easy up or canopy, smoker, meats, rubs and lawn chair and plan to have a lot of fun. You can exchange a few tips and ideas with other competitors, get the feel for the full-scale competition, and check out the professional team smokers.

A few of you will be going home with prize money and bragging rights to tell your family and friends.

Backyard Competition Details and Rules


The entry fee is $125.00 and covers two meats: chicken and pork ribs, along with a 30 amp power hookup and water near your site. All teams are responsible for providing their own meat.


The 2017 Rotary Rock-n- Ribs competition will be our second KCBS sanctioned “Stand Alone Backyard Contest” that will be comprised of non-professional teams that are required to cook both meats to win the Grand Champion and the Reserved Grand Champion Awards. Our competition will consist of each chicken and pork ribs categories with 1 st through 10th place prizes.
Chicken & Pork Ribs Entry ($5,000 total payout)

Overall Scores

  • Grand Champion $1000.00 (Trophy or Plaque included)
  • Reserved Grand Champion $500.00 (Trophy or Plaque included)

Chicken & Pork Ribs Categories

  • 1st Place $350.00 (Trophy included)
  • 2nd Place $300.00 (Trophy included)
  • 3rd Place $250.00 (Trophy included)
  • 4th Place $200.00
  • 5th Place $150.00
  • 6th Place $100.00
  • 7th Place $100.00
  • 8th Place $100.00
  • 9th Place $100.00
  • 10th Place $100.00

Awards & Trophies

Awards and trophies will be presented on or around 4:30 pm on Saturday, June 24th, under the tent.

VIP Teams

The Rotary Rock-n-Ribs team will be selling VIP (Very Important Pig) tickets before competition day, and if any available, on Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th, for the purpose of raising additional money for our community and international projects.  We are looking for 6 to 8 VIP Teams who are willing to cook approximately 5 extra racks of ribs for the VIP ticket holders.  The Rotary Rock-n-Ribs will provide each team with the 6 racks of ribs (5 for the public and 1 rack for the cook as a thank you).  The VIP ticket holders will come to your Cook Site, get their VIP ticket punched, and receive 1 rib and vote for the People’s Choice for the “Best Ribs” between 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Saturday.  Prizes for the People’s Choice are: 1st – $250, 2nd – $150, 3rd – $100, 4th – $50, and 5th through 8th – $25; everyone is a WINNER!  If a team wishes to participate in the “VIP People’s Choice for Best Ribs”, the team must indicate on the entry form by circling Yes.  Teams will be chosen on a first-come, first-basis so hurry and get your entry forms mailed in.  VIP Teams and voting for VIP People’s Choice for Best Ribs by the public is not a “KCBS” event.



If you have signed up for electricity, you will have access to one (1) – 30 amp power hookup for your cooking site; you may want to bring a 100’ or longer outdoor extension cord. If you need more than 1 – 30 amp hookup, please notify the organizer – no guarantees. If you have your own generator, it would be greatly appreciated if you bring it.

Water and Ice

Water will be available on-site. Be prepared to transport water to team site from a location near you. We will try to accommodate as much as possible. Ice will be available for purchase.

Food and Beverages

Food (2 BBQ vendors and 1 pizza vendor), beer (including craft beers), and beverages will be available for purchase on Friday and Saturday.


Bands will be playing on Friday evening and throughout Saturday afternoon and evening. More details will come in the near future; check website to be kept updated.


Restrooms are available in two locations on the Oktoberfest Grounds and there will be additional port-a- potties and hand wash stations located throughout the BBQ competition area.


Please place recyclables and your trash in trash bags and then place the bags in the dumpsters. Coal and grease containers will also be available. Please use the appropriate receptacle. Thank you.

Contact Information

Laurie Tweten – Rotary Rock-n- Ribs Event Coordinator – (608) 769-7446;

Tom & Cindy Juhl – KCBS Representatives – (515) 249-5128 and Troy Youngblood – KCBS Backyard Representative – (402) 740-9214

Thank you for choosing to compete in the Rotary Rock-n- Ribs Backyard BBQ Competition. Good Luck!


All teams must follow the 2016 or most current KCBS Official Rules and  Regulations.

You will be provided two (2) numbered, plain, undivided 9”x 9” white Styrofoam trays for you to turn in your entries. Your number will change after you turn in your entry. Turn-in times are at 11:00 am (chicken) and 11:30 am (pork ribs) on Saturday, June 24th.

You may decorate your entry container with green leaf lettuce, kale, or parsley only. You may submit your entry wet or dry as you like it. No pooled or additional cups of sauce.

You will need to submit at least 6 separate portions in each category to be judged; there will be 6 KCBS judges scoring your individual entry meat – each must get a separate portion – the judges are not allowed to cut or pull apart your entry. Cook a few extra. If you can attractively arrange an extra portion in your entry container it might be helpful, but is not required (plus a volunteer always appreciates a bite!)

Meat Categories

The Stand Alone Backyard Competition consists of two meats – pork ribs and chicken. You will need to cook both of them. Pork ribs may be spare or loin (baby back) but they must contain a bone when presented for judging. No country style ribs are permitted. Only pork ribs are permitted with no loose meat allowed in the container when being judged. The chicken is defined as Chicken or Cornish Game Hen and Kosher Chicken. Chicken may be presented with or without the skin and can be combination of dark and white meat or all of one or the other. Review KCBS rules and regulations on

Meat Inspection

Please follow the KCBS rules. Meat inspection will take place on Friday, June 23rd. No meats shall be marinated, brined or injected prior to meat inspection.

Cooks’ Meeting

The cooks’ meeting is on Friday, June 23rd at 4:30 pm.

Optional Competition

Mystery Ingredient Competition is a fun competition for all barbeque teams. The mystery ingredient will be revealed toward the end of the cooks’ meeting on Friday, June 23, 2017. Entry fee is $25 and forms must be submitted by Friday, June 17th. The competition will be judged by KCBS judges at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 24th and scored as a KCBS Ancillary.

Optional Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) Competitions.

There are 2 optional SCA competitions:
Wings Competition – SCA Ancillary Competition – $25 entry fee; turn-in time is Friday, June 23rd at 7:30 pm; additional details will be provided on website
Steak Competition – $100 entry fee; Turn-in time is Friday, June 23rd at 7:45 or 8 pm; additional details will be provided on website

Cooking Sites

  • You are welcome to set up on your cooking site as early as Thursday, June 22nd from 4 to 8 pm (call to schedule appointment), or Friday, June 23rd from 8 am until 5 pm. One member is asked to stay on site while entries are cooking.
  • Chief Cook takes responsibility for team conduct and to keep cooking site clean during and after the contest.
  • Pits, cookers, campers, tents and other equipment shall not exceed the assigned space – Approximate 20’x30’ space. Choice of spot will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending on availability and room, teams may be asked to park vehicles in a nearby parking lot, especially if bringing a large camper.
  • Vehicles shall be prohibited from entering or leaving the Oktoberfest Ground sites after 5:00 pm on Friday and not before 5:00 pm on Saturday or after awards have been presented, whichever is later. If you need to come after 5:00 pm Friday to set up, you may be asked to set up outside of the Oktoberfest Grounds in a nearby parking lot; a volunteer will direct you at the teams’ entrance gate.
  • A fire extinguisher must be near all cooking devices.
  • Bring your own extension cords, connection hoses, cords and adapters.
  • Quiet times will be after the last band plays on Friday, June 23rd until 6 am on Saturday, June 24th.
  • Security will be available for the entire area of the Oktoberfest Grounds on Friday and Saturday.