The 2017 Rotary Rock-n-Ribs competition will be our first year to be a professional, full sanctioned, contest by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) and a State Championship Competition. The winner of our Rotary Rock-n-Ribs barbeque competition will get an automatic invite to the American Royal Invitational and in the Jack Daniels draw.

Entry Fees

The entry fee is $250.00 and covers all four (4) meat categories: Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder/Boston Butt, and Beef Brisket, along with a 30 amp power hookup and water near your site. No refunds. All teams are responsible for providing their own meat.


Total payout will be $10,000. Contestants must compete in all four meat categories to be eligible for overall awards. Plaque or trophies will be awarded to the Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, 3rd Place Overall and 1st through 3rd place winners in each category. Prize money will be awarded to the Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, 3rd Overall, and 1st through 10th places in each meat category. Payouts can only be decreased with KCBS Board approval and notification to the teams. Payouts can be increased at the organizer’s discretion.

Payout listing is as follows:

Overall Scores
Grand Champion $1000.00 (Trophy or Plaque included)
Reserved Grand Champion $600.00 (Trophy or Plaque included)
Overall Scores $400.00 (Trophy or Plaque included)

Each Meat Category:
1st Place $500.00 (Trophy included)
2nd Place $400.00 (Trophy included)
3rd Place $300.00 (Trophy included)
4th Place $200.00
5th Place $100.00
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.

Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Rules Apply

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

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 22 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’x40’ 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 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 needed, may park a vehicle outside of the Oktoberfest


  • 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.


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.

Are you ready for the challenge?