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This website is intended to be your one-stop shop for KCBS, SCA and backyard BBQ competitions in California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada.

Use the filters below to select your preferred sanctioning body and find a competition near you. When you click on a date with an event, more information will appear below the calendar. Click on that event listing for registration details. For a full list of Southwest BBQ Comps, scroll down the page.

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Full List of Southwest BBQ Comps

The below list of Southwest BBQ Comps is broken up into 3-month intervals – with a few competition BBQ recipes and tips sprinkled in between. Use the filters to select your preferred sanctioning body and find a competition near you. Red comps are KCBS. Blue comps are SCA and Black comps are backyard. 

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july

01julAll Day02KCBS – Armed Forces BBQ ChallengeSparks, NV

08julAll Day09KCBS – Clayton BBQ CookoffClayton, CA

09julAll DaySCA – BBQ Pit Stop Series in American Fork (Double)American Fork, UT

16julAll DaySCA – Summertime Brews (Double)Anaheim, CA

august

19augAll Day20SCA – BBQ Pit Stop Series (Double, Triple or Quad)Richfield, UT

27augAll DaySCA – San Diego Steak Cookoff & Beer FestivalSan Diego, CA

september

09sepAll Day10KCBS – Western LegendsKanab, UT

10sepAll DaySCA – The BBQHQ Fall ClassicSimi Valley, CA

16sepAll Day17KCBS – BBQ on the BaySan Diego, CA

23sepAll Day24KCBS – The Great Kearney BBQ Smoke-OutFresno, CA

24sepAll DaySCA – BBQ Pit Stop Series FinaleSt George, UT

28sepAll Day02octKCBS – American RoyalKansas City, Missouri

30sepAll Day01octKCBS – Mazatzal Grill Masters BBQ CompPayson, AZ

COMPETITION BBQ TIPS & RECIPES

CHICKEN
RIBS
PORK
Competition Brisket Turn-In Box
BRISKET

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october

28sepAll Day02octKCBS – American RoyalKansas City, Missouri

30sepAll Day01octKCBS – Mazatzal Grill Masters BBQ CompPayson, AZ

14octAll Day15KCBS – The JackLynchburg, TN

22octAll DaySCA – Grillin in the Desert (TBD)Las Vegas, NV

november

05novAll DaySCA – The BBQHQ Steak CookoffSimi Valley, CA

11novAll Day13KCBS World ChampionshipsGadsen, Alabama

19novAll DayNVBBQA – Thrill of the GrillLas Vegas, NV


MORE COMPETITION BBQ TIPS


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january

13janAll Day14KCBS – Slab-O-RamaBullhead City, AZ

february

03febAll Day04SCA - Bama-Q TV Roll the Dice in Vegas (TBD)Las Vegas

24febAll Day25KCBS - Downtown Mesa Brews & Blues FestivalMesa, Arizona

march

09mar(mar 9)12:00 am12(mar 12)11:59 pmSCA – 2023 World ChampionshipFort Worth, Texas

West Coast Steak Championship Series
BBQ Pit Stop Steak Championship Series
The Pitmasters Podcast
Nevada BBQ Association
California BBQ Association

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