Reporting the latest in BBQ news. Dedicated to the latest news in BBQ cookoffs, competitions, pitmasters, and people who influence the world of barbecue.  

Cookoff Coverage 

When it comes to competitions, it doesn't get any bigger than the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS). We report the latest happenings from 100s of barbeque contests held in the USA and throughout the world.  

From short ribs to pulled pork - nobody does it better.  Home for the World Series of BBQ.

Known for its exquisite BBQ rubs and the renowned Memphis in May series of feasting and competitions.  

There will be sauce. Welcome to the home of grilling, BBQ and world famous sauce mops. 

See the latest coverage of BBQ competitions across the country.

History of BBQ

Competitive style BBQ has came a long way from its humble beginnings stemming from local chili cookoffs. The first BBQ competition was the Cow County BBQ Cookout in June 3, 1972 in Unvalued, Texas but the story starts back in 1942 with Quay Franklin, and  Bob “Barbecue King” Grimes.

Today each year there are over 50 major competitions held throughout the US and 100s worldwide. No matter your experience in the competitive grilling and BBQ circuit we feature all the stories, tips, and information you need to level up your cooking game. 

Henry Perry BBQ Shop in St. Louis

What is the Squirrel Cookoff Championship?

The Squirrel Cookoff was started by Joe Wilson in Bentonville, Arkansas in 2013. It came to be after Joe claimed he could in fact cook squirrels, when asked by one of the crew members of the Travel Channel while filming an episode of Bizarre Foods which he was helping out on. To take it a step further he said, "not only do we cook squirrels, but we throw the World Championship Cook-off" A short few weeks later came to be the first Squirrel Cookoff. Read More

our favorite bbq smokers

We cover the most winningest smokers used by some of the biggest names in the business. See our roundup of the best smokers for competition cooking.

Product Reviews

Yielding the perfect rack of ribs doesn't require top of the line BBQ products, but it helps. We know that you don't need the best smoker or meat smoking gadgets to make great tasting barbecue. But, having quality cookers and temperature monitoring devices help close the gap between a novice and pitmaster. This is why we review top selling smokers, grills, cookbooks, BBQ sauces, BBQ tools, all to bring you our top selections. Squirrel Cookoff is well-known among the competition circuit and we use our experience to make recommendations you can count on.  Reviews are made made possible with collaboration from Smoking Meat Geeks

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The People of BBQ 

Welcome to the people who have contributed to the evolution of BBQ throughout the USA. 

Tips for Your Best BBQ

BBQ and grilling basics, hacks, to advance techniques to help you win your next BBQ competition. Because learning by trail and error is expensive and time consuming. Join us on a journey of tips collaborated from some of the most influential icons in the BBQ circuit.  

bbq professional tips

Start here for the basics of smoking meats. 

Sharing some industry secrets from renowned pitmasters. 

When it comes to ribs, nobody knows more than Meathead.

We're constantly collaborating new articles to help you step up your game.