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Colorado BBQ Challenge

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Please join us in 2017 for the 24th Annual BBQ Challenge.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 (kickoff concert only- no BBQ)
Friday, June 16, 2017 BBQ Day #1
Saturday, June 17, 2017 BBQ Day #2

2017 will feature 70+ BBQers, 7 bands, pig races, kids’ activities, the 3rd Annual Fire Fighter Cook Off, food sampling and demos, the Breckenridge Distillery Whiskey Tour, the Bacon Burner 6k and the best BBQ you will have in Colorado this year.

Approximately 70 BBQers competed 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!

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

Hogback Tickets Are the Official Currency of the Colorado BBQ Challenge

  • Hogback tickets can be purchased at ticket booths throughout the event. $1 = 1 Hogback
  • 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 after 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. Food choices vary from 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 14, 2017 at 9:00am.


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.