California BBQ CookOffs or Cook-Offs


California BBQ Cookoff Festivals

Some events are sanction with several organizations and some are not. Kansas City Barbeque Society ( is the largest and most important barbecue society in the world, sanctioning several hundred events per year.


Upcoming Events

March 2018

SANTA ANITA: 24 7th Annual Santa Anita Park Winners' Circle BBQ Championship, Arcadia KCBS & ToY
LIVERMORE: 31 NorCal CBBQA 101 Class, Livermore

SAN JOSE: April 7, 2018 Ric's Backyard 2018, San Jose
CLAYTON: April 7 KCBS Certified BBQ Judging Class, Clayton
REDWOOD CITY: April 14 Hog 'n Heat 2018, Redwood City
IRVINE: April 14 Simply Marvelous BBQ Class, Irvine
SANTA MARIA:  Santa Maria BBQ Festival Brews & Cues April 21, 2018 $10-35 |
LODI: April 21-22 Lodi Beer Fest & BBQ Championship 2018, Lodi, KCBS & ToY
ANAHEIM: Anaheim Western Barbecue April 21, 2018, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Twila Reid Park - Anaheim, CA
Train rides, a cake walk, and a new set up in the park. Admission is free! Food available for purchase as well as lots of shopping opportunities with the various crafters and vendors!
OROVILLE: Bacon & Brewfest April 28, 2018.

ELK GROVE  Elk Grove Western Festival & BBQ Championship May 4-5, 2018, Elk Grove, KCBS & ToY
SANTA CLARITA: BBQ & Beer Festival May 4-6, 2018
TBD West Coast BBQ Classic 2018, Long Beach
LIVERMORE:  Ribs Chili Cars Brews & Blues May 12, 2018
BIG BEAR LAKE: Big Bear Chill & Grill BBQ Competition May 26, 2018  KCBS & ToY

NORCO: Horse Town Brew n Que Festival June 2, 2018 Norco, CA | KCBS & ToY
LODI: June 9 Chillin' & Grillin' by the Vines, Lodi
JULIAN: The Julian Dance and Backcountry BBQ June 9, 2018, 12- 9 p.m.  Menghini Winery  1150 Julian Orchard Drive $20-25 (kids less) at Annual event features open flame, Santa Maria style BBQ, ranch beans, coleslaw and roll that rounds out a hearty plate.
SANTA CLARA: June 23 Silicon Valley BBQ Championship 2018, Santa Clara, KCBS & ToY

7 Wine Country Big Q 2018, Petaluma, KCBS & ToY
14 2018 Clayton BBQ Cook-off, Clayton, KCBS & ToY
14 9th Annual Vista BBQ Classic, Vista, KCBS & ToY
29 Gilroy Garli-Que Challenge 2018, Gilroy, KCBS

4 Rods -N- Ribs 2018, Roseville
11 Bands Brews & BBQ Throwdown, Ceres, KCBS & ToY
18 Lassen Annual BBQ Cook-off 2018, Susanville, KCBS & ToY
19 Del Mar BBQ Championship 2018, Del Mar, KCBS & ToY
LONG BEACH:  Best BBQ In Town Long Beach BBQ Festival Long Beach, CA August 24-26, 2018
OAKLAND:  Oaktown Throwdown BBQ August 28-29, 2018 Oakland, CA |

2 Redwood Coast Grills Gone Wild 2018, Crescent City, KCBS & ToY
15 Hot Q's & Cold Brews BBQ Championship 2018, Oroville, KCBS
15 America's Finest BBQ Championship, San Diego, KCBS & ToY

13 OC BBQ Competition 2018, Costa Mesa, KCBS & ToY
13 Grills N Grills 2018, Penn Valley, KCBS
3 Indio BBQ Championship & Festival 2018, Indio, KCBS

Past events

HOLTVILLE: Holtville Athletic Club Rib Cook-Off
Annual Rib Cook-Off Extravaganza at Samaha Park in Holtville 10 a.m. till all the ribs are gone approximately 2 p.m. Admission: Free. Rib tasting $Fee

NEWPORT BEACH: Newport Beach BBQ Competition Winter Q January 27-28, 2017

June 10, 2017 Redwood Coast Up In Smoke BBQ Competition, Blue Lake, KCBS Backyard
June 24, 2017 Silicon Valley BBQ Championship 2017, Santa Clara, KCBS

AUBURN: Ribs & Brews October 7, 2017, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Recreation Park, Auburn, CA
Craft beer & wine, fun for kids, music

SAN ANSELMO: Creekside Q - Town Barbecue June 28, 2017, 5:30-8 p.m.
A neighborhood barbecue in which all proceeds benefit the community event fund When: The last Wednesday in June in Creek Park - San Anselmo

KIRKWOOD: July 1, 2017 Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department Annual BBQ   3:30 - 6 p.m. Wine and beer tasting, BBQ, live music, a silent auction and activities for the kids. Admission includes food, drink, and a commemorative glass with proceeds benefiting the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department. Reservations required. Kirkwood Village Plaza Kirkwood Meadows Drive, off Highway 88 Kirkwood, CA (209) 258-4444

August 12, 2017 Ceres Smoke on the River 2017, Ceres, KCBS
August 19, 2017 Oaktown Throwdown BBQ 2017, Oakland, KCBS
August 26, 2017 Grills & Grilles 2017, Penn Valley, KCBS

 September 16, 2017 3rd Annual Hot Q's & Cold Brews, Oroville, KCBS

October 7, 2017 Burning Ham 2017, Pengrove, Sonoma County
October 14, 2017 Dana Point State BBQ Championship 2017, Dana Point, KCBS

CLAYTON: August 6, 2016 Seventh Annual Rib Cook-Off 10 am - 6pm; CBCA Annual Event at Clayton Club patio 6096 Main Street

California BBQ Association Events

OROVILLE: Hot Qs & Cold Brews September 
Feather Falls Casino, Oroville, CA

PATTERSON: Backyard on the Lake
Cook any of the standard competition meats - chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder or butt (for pulled pork) and brisket. If you really want to cook 1 or 4 meats, well that's ok! All cooking MUST be done on site! Members only event. contact dave@

LAKESIDE: Saturday, April 16 2016 4:30-10 p.m. Lakeside Optimist Western Days BBQ.
Contact: Henry Silverstre, Wildomar, CA 92595
Phone: 951-445-1903. hsilvestre@

LONG BEACH West Coat BBQ Classic May 14, 2016, 11a-6p
Annual West Coast BBQ Classic
Waterfront Queen Mary Events Park
Long Beach CA
$25-40 admission
$10 bbq bucks tickets for tasting
$15 parking
This finger lickin' family fun festival features: delicious BBQ tastings, live music, backyard games, kids' country, a merchant market and an awards ceremony

June 10-11, 2016 Califorina Honey Harvest Festival and BBQ Championship Fillmore, CA
Contact: Roger Campbell, Fillmore, CA 93016
Phone: 805-857-2785. rognfillmore@

UPLAND:   EGGfest - Smokin' It So Cal Style Saturday, June 11, 2016, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$30-35 approx.

SANTA CLARA: Silicon Valley Barbeque June 24-25, 2016, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Central Park
909 Kiely Boulevard
Santa Clara, California 95051
Silicon Valley Barbeque Championships hours:
Friday, June 24, 2016 4 - 10 p.m.
Saturday, June 25, 2016 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
This competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and is the 2nd largest championship event on the west coast. Join us for live entertainment, a Kid Zone, and plenty of barbeque!

NEWPORT BEACH: Newport Beach Barbecue Competition June 25, 2016
Marketed as Newport Beach Party June 25 -26, 2016 |
Newport Dunes
Newport, CA
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 12-9 p.m. | Competition and Tasting Noon - 5 p.m.
This Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned contest will bring in 40+ professional BBQ teams from across the region to compete for $7,500 in cash prizes! Event participants will have an opportunity to taste some of the best BBQ in the nation and to get up close and personal with the pit masters and their smokers. Tastings available until the competitors food runs out.
Contact: Steve Bender Phone: 949-300-5103.

PETALUMA: July 8-July 9, 2016 Wine Country Big Q Competition and Festival Petaluma, CA
Contact: Judy Walker, Petaluma, CA 95406
Phone: 707-837-1928.

July 15-16, 2016 Del Mar BBQ Championship Del Mar, CA
Contact: Arlie Bragg arlie@
Prize Money: $20000

July 29-30, 2016 8th Annual Vista BBQ Classic Vista, CA
Contact: Dale Ginos, 1211 E Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084
Phone: 760-310-5040. daleginos@
Prize Money: $10000

August 5-6, 2016 Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons Huntington Beach, CA
Contact: Courtney Lutkus, 15161 Jackson St, Midway City, CA 92655
Phone: 714-897-3221.

August 5-6, 2016 2016 Clayton Rib Cook-off Clayton, CA
Contact: Rory Richmond, Clayton, CA 94517
Phone: 925-864-8687. rrichmond509@

August 26-27, 2016 Grills 'N' Grilles presented by the United Way of Nevada Country Penn Valley, CA
Contact: Megan Timpany, Penn Vally, CA 95946
Phone: 530-274-8111.

October 7-8, 2016 Smoke on the River Sacramento, CA
Contact: Susan Rabinovitz Phone: 916-716-2319.

DANA POINT:  Dana Point State BBQ Championship Dana Point, CA
Contact: Arlie Bragg Kevin Evans Phone: 615-477-7447.
Dana Point Barbeque Championship. Annual Dana Point State BBQ Championship. Location: Sea Terrace Park. Free to the public. Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. This Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned contest features 100 competition barbeque teams

November 11-12, 2016 Indio California State BBQ Championship & Festival Indio, CA
Contact: Thom Emery

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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