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Colorado BBQ Challenge

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2015 Event Dates

Thursday, June 18 (kickoff concert only)
Friday, June 19 BBQ Day #1
Saturday, June 20 BBQ Day #2 (awards ceremony this day)

2015 marks 22 years of the  Colorado BBQ Challenge in Frisco. The event kicks off on Thursday, June 18, with an evening of live music. The BBQ Challenge will run Friday, June 19 from 11:00am to 9:00pm and Saturday, June 20 from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Approximately 70 BBQers will compete for a variety of awards. Teams compete in a wide range of 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 Chef Demonstrations presented on the Viking Stage; Pig Races; a Whiskey Tour (advance registration required); and a variety of musical entertainment.

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1998 Pig Show

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 21st year, our event extends over six blocks of Main Street and can attrach 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 2015, we will celebrate the event’s history with some “Throwback Thursday” (#tbt) photos from past events, such as the one below, on the Colorado BBQ Challenge Facebook Page.  Share your memories with us as well!