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Colorado BBQ Challenge at Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain 2023 Colorado BBQ Challenge – Best BBQ in Colorado

On January 12, 2023, Copper Mountain announced that it will host the Colorado BBQ Challenge in 2023, taking place June 15-17, 2023. The festival will be relocating from its home of 27 years on Main Street Frisco, to Copper Mountain Resort, located just 7 miles west on I-70. The Colorado BBQ Challenge is Colorado’s longest running barbeque competition and will continue to be sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. For 2023, attendees can expect a similar event to years past, with BBQ, music, competitions and community.

Frisco enjoyed a 27-year legacy with the Colorado BBQ Challenge, and we are thankful to all the BBQers and attendees who came to Frisco each Father’s Day weekend to celebrate with us. It is with great delight that we now celebrate that Frisco’s home mountain, Copper, will be continuing this BBQ legacy by hosting the Colorado BBQ Challenge in 2023 over Father’s Day weekend. We know they will bring their considerable event experience and new energy and ideas to this beloved event,” stated Frisco Mayor Hunter Mortensen.

The Colorado BBQ Challenge is a staple event for the community and BBQ enthusiasts throughout the country, and we’re thrilled to be able to carry the torch forward for its 28th year. The Town of Frisco has been incredibly supportive throughout this transition, and we look forward to continuing its legacy with some added Copper flare,” said Dustin Lyman Copper President and General Manager.

Copper’s Legacy of Events

Copper Mountain has a longstanding history of hosting high caliber events and competitions. Serving as the official training site for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, they’ve hosted World Cup competitions for 18 consecutive years. The resort also has many years of experience hosting multi-day food and music festivals throughout its 50 years of operation. The connection between Copper Mountain and the town of Frisco is strong and will make for an easy transition for the continuation of this legendary event.

What to Expect in 2023

Like previous years, the event will remain free for guests to attend, with food and beverage tickets available for purchase. Summer resort activities like scenic gondola rides, the Rocky Mountain Coaster, Woodward Wrecktangle, Climbing Wall, Zip Line, Bumper Boats, Bungee Trampoline and Go-Karts will be offered for enjoyment throughout the weekend. Other on-site amenities like lodging and free parking will also be available to those attending the festival. Weekend lodging options are available now online at

In true Copper fashion, the BBQ challenge will not be the only competition taking place on Father’s Day weekend. The resort hopes to offer athletic pursuits throughout the weekend, with things like a Ribs and Jibs Rail Jam held on snow, a 5K Bacon Burner Run, and a bike ride for cycle enthusiasts. Whether it’s tasting the yummy BBQ or partaking in one of the many activities offered at the resort, there will be a variety of ways for guests to indulge at the Colorado BBQ Challenge this summer.

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Thursday, June 15, 2023 –
Saturday, June 17, 2023


Copper Mountain
509 Copper Road
Copper, CO 80443

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28th Annual Colorado BBQ Challenge at Copper Mountain

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