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

August 27 2022
San Diego Steak Cook Off & Beer Festival

September 2022
September 2-3, 2022 Fire It Up Events Bbq & Chili Competition  KCBS  Bishop
Fire It Up Events Bbq & Chili Competition Day 2
September 17-18, 2022
America's Finest Bbq State Championship Day 1
KCBS & Toy | San Diego, Ca
America's Finest Bbq State Championship Day 2
KCBS & Toy | San Diego, Ca

September 23-24, 2022 The Great Kearney Bbq Smoke-Out
KCBS (Toy Pending) | Fresno

October 14-15, 2022
Ironstone Beerfest
KCBS (Toy Pending) | Murphys

October 28-29, 2022
Lodi Beerfest
KCBS & Toy (Pending) | Lodi
Holy Smokes (ONE MEAT RIBS)
8/27/2022 - 8/27/2022
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Prize Money: $1,000.00


BBQ on the Bay Day 1
9/16/2022 - 9/17/2022
San Diego, CA 92109

BBQ on the Bay Day 1 - Judging
9/17/2022 - 9/17/2022
San Diego, CA 92109

BBQ on the Bay Day 2
9/17/2022 - 9/18/2022
San Diego, CA 92109

BBQ on the Bay Day 2 - Judging
9/18/2022 - 9/18/2022
San Diego, CA 92109

The Great Kearney BBQ Smoke-Out
9/23/2022 - 9/24/2022
Fresno, CA 93706

The 18th Annual Burnt Offering BBQ Contest (COMPETITORS SERIES)
10/7/2022 - 10/8/2022
Riverside, CA 92504

2022 Indio California State BBQ Championship & Festival
11/4/2022 - 11/5/2022
Indio, CA 92203

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

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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