2021 Colorado BBQ Challenge – Cancelled
Due to ongoing public health orders and conditions, the Town of Frisco has made the decision to cancel the 2021 Colorado BBQ Challenge, originally scheduled for June 17-19. After postponing and then cancelling the event in 2020 due the pandemic, the Town of Frisco had hoped that this event could be held in 2021 to honor what is now a 28-year-old tradition. Current public health orders allow for outdoor events with a maximum of 175 participants, and the next phase of public health orders moves that maximum attendance to 250 attendees. While case data is improving and vaccination rates are rising, it has become clear that there is no realistic way to drastically reduce BBQ event attendance in order to respect and protect the public’s health during this popular event, which typically draws 12,000-14,000 attendees over two days.
Know Before You Go
Check out the answers to these frequently asked Colorado BBQ Challenge questions in order to make the most out of your BBQ weekend.
Can I bring my favorite canine friend or any pet?
We love dogs in Frisco and that is why this is a no pet event. The mix of food and big crowds make the BBQ Challenge less than ideal for dogs (we know because we have dogs too). Also, this is the time of year when we get higher temperatures, so we implore dog owners to NOT leave their dogs in their cars. Leave Fido at home lounging on your sofa – he’ll thank you for it.
Event Currency & Cost
How much does it cost to attend the Colorado BBQ Challenge?
The event is free to attend. “Hogback” tickets serve as the currency of the event. Hogback tickets can be purchased with a credit card or cash at ticket booths located throughout the event site. Hogbacks can then be used to purchase food, beverages, souvenirs, and children activities at the event.
How many tickets should I buy?
One Hogback = $1.00. Vendors and competitors set their own pricing for the food they are selling, so there is no set formula. However, it’s easy to spend between $15-$20 on a plate of amazing food, a beverage (non-alcoholic and adult available), and a dessert (hello chocolate-covered strawberries and banana skewers). There are many non-profit organizations, vendors, and activities up and down the street to patronize as well, so to avoid lines at ticket booths – we always encourage people to “round up” when purchasing sheets of Hogbacks. Hogback ticket purchases are non-refundable.
OK, I want to eat, drink and do fun stuff at this event! How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets are on sale during the event at ticket booths located throughout the event. Paying with cash tends to go more quickly, but credit and debit cards are accepted.
To beat the lines, you can pre-purchase Hogbacks online starting mid-May and pick them up at Will Call at the Frisco/Copper Information Center the Thursday prior to and throughout the event. Hogback ticket purchases are non-refundable.
What do I do if I find leftover hogbacks in my pocket on Saturday evening after the event?
Participating merchants will be accepting Hogbacks through Monday after the event weekend. Participating merchants will also have a sign that say “Hogbacks Accepted Here” on their door or in their window.
2019 Merchants Accepting Hogbacks
|5th Avenue Grille||Around the World Toys||Anant Salon|
|Abbey’s Coffee||Base Camp Wine & Spirits||EVO3 Workspace|
|Bagalis||Frisco Bay Marina||Frisco Cuts|
|Bread + Salt||Frisco-Copper Visitor Information Center||Frisco Escape Room|
|Butterhorn Bakery & Café||Frisco Historic Park & Museum Gift Shop||Frisco Inn on Galena|
|The Clubhouse||Frisco Fun & Formal||Renew Dermatology|
|Foote’s Rest Sweet Shoppe||Next Page Books & Nosh|
|Greco’s Pastaria||Rivers Clothing Company|
|The Island Grill||Smok N’ Bra|
|Kemosabe Sushi Bar||Stork & Bear Co.|
|Moose Jaw||Summit Gold|
|Ollie’s Pub & Grub|
|Outer Range Brewing Co.|
|Peppino’s Pizza & Subs|
|Pete’s Good Eats|
|Ramen Sushi Steakhouse|
|Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant|
|Silverheels Bar & Grill|
|The Uptown on Main|
Frisco/Copper Information Center
300 Main Street
Frisco, CO 80443
9:00am – 5:00pm
The Information Center will have limited hours on some holidays and will be closed on January 1, July 4, September 21, September 22, September 29, October 2, Thanksgiving Day, and December 24 & 25.
PO Box 4100
Frisco, CO 80443
Directions & Parking
Directions from Interstate 70
Exits #201 or #203 from Interstate 70 take you to Frisco.
Park at Summit Middle School (158 School Road, Frisco) and take the free BBQ Challenge shuttle.
- This is the convenient, no-hassle way to get to the BBQ Challenge!
- Get free Hogbacks – If you carpool with 3 or more people per car and park at the shuttle parking lot, you will receive 5 hogbacks/per car.
- Shuttle bus drop-off/pick-up locations are located on Granite Street at 1st Avenue and 5th Avenue.
- The BBQ Challenge shuttle will run on Friday from 10:30am – 9:30pm and Saturday from 9:30am – 6:30pm.
Hard to Find In-Town Parking
Additional parking is located on the side streets surrounding the BBQ Challenge event site, but fills very quickly.
- Please be careful not to block private driveways when parking.
- Parking is not allowed on Town right-of-ways between 2:00am and 6:00am in the Town of Frisco.
- If you are unable to drive because of impairment, please call Summit County Dispatch at 970-668-8600 to report the location of your car and how long it may be there.
- See above for easy shuttle parking.
Pedal your way to BBQ bliss and park your bike at one of several bicycle racks located at the Frisco Historic Park, Visitor Information Center, and other locations around town. We will also have two larger “bike parking lots” on 2nd Avenue near Granite Street and on 5th Avenue near Galena Street. Just remember to bring your own bike locks.
The Paved Recreation Path boasts 55 miles of biking, walking, and running opportunities and is a great way to get to the BBQ from neighboring towns as well.
How did a BBQ festival start in Frisco?
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 27th year, our event extends over six blocks of Main Street and can attract over 30,000 people.
Over the past 22 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. For the 2020 BBQ Challenge the Town of Frisco is partnering with Mountain Mentors, the Summit County Restaurant Association, the Summit County Chamber of Commerce, High Country Conservation, Advocates for Victims of Assault and Women of the Summit.
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.