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Colorado BBQ Challenge

General Info

 2016 Event Dates:

Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. online registration opens for competitors and non- competing vendors
Thursday, June 16, 2016 (kickoff concert only- no BBQ)
Friday, June 17, 2016 BBQ Day #1
Saturday, June 18, 2016 BBQ Day #2 (awards ceremony this day)

2016 marks 23 years of the  Colorado BBQ Challenge in Frisco. The event kicks off on Thursday, June 16, with an evening of live music. The BBQ Challenge will happen Friday, June 17 from 11:00am – 9:00pm and Saturday, June 18 from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Approximately 70 BBQers will compete for a variety of awards in the following categories including pork, ribs, chicken, brisket, anything goes, barbecue sauce, side dish, salsa and dessert.  Each team competes for the coveted Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion titles. You don’t want to miss out on getting your own plate of this BBQ! Other BBQ favorites include the Viking Firefighter Cook-Off on the Viking Stage; pig races; the Kaiser Permanente Bacon Burner 6k; a Breckenridge Distillery Whiskey Tour (advance registration required); and 7 live bands.

For updates on all things #friscobbq, “Like” the Colorado BBQ Challenge on Facebook.

**The Colorado BBQ Challenge has sold out of Competing teams.  Please click here to add yourself to the wait-list and we will be in touch if a space opens up.  *****


To register as a non-competing vendor (either BBQ vending or other food items), please go to the vendor information page. 


The first official state BBQ challenge was held in Frisco, Colorado in 1993, with only 12 teams – split almost 50-50 between Frisco-area professional and amateur chefs. During the first few years, the event was held in the Historic Park eventually growing to encompass two blocks of Main Street.  Now in its 23rd year, our event extends over six blocks of Main Street and can attract over 30,000 people.

Over the past 20 years the Town of Frisco has partnered with six non-profits to put on the event and has raised over $800,000 for those organizations.  The BBQ Challenge creates an outlet for other local non-profits to raise funds for their organization.

The Colorado BBQ Challenge is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS)-sanctioned competition.  KCBS sanctions BBQ and Grilling competitions across the U.S. and promotes barbeque as America’s cuisine.  In addition, KCBS has an extensive Certified Barbeque Judging program.  It is the largest society of barbeque enthusiasts in the world.  Winners of the Colorado BBQ Challenge in Frisco are eligible to compete in the American Royal – the “World Series” of Barbecue.

On Thursdays in Spring 2016, we will celebrate the event’s history with some “Throwback Thursday” (#tbt) photos from past events on the Colorado BBQ Challenge Facebook Page.  Share your memories with us as well!

Hogback Tickets

Hogback tickets can be purchased at ticket booths throughout the event. Hogbacks are dollar for dollar values and can be used like cash. There are no cash vendors on the street and hogbacks are good for everything from beer to BBQ to berry kabobs. Hogbacks can be used past the event at merchants in Frisco throughout the weekend. A list of merchants accepting hogbacks will be available at ticket booths and at the Visitor Information Center. Most food on the street costs between 5 and 12 hogbacks. There are food varieties from salmon and shrimp to ribs and Philly cheese steaks. Many vendors offer full plates including sides. Hogbacks tickets can also be pre-purchased online and picked up at will call (Visitor Information Center at 300 Main Street) beginning Wednesday, June 17th.