BBQ Sauce Competitions to Enter in 2012

Here’s a list of the BBQ Sauce Competitions or BBQ competitions that have a sauce sub competition that you could enter this year:

National BBQ Association Awards of Excellence

  • When: 20 Jan 12  (Entries due)
  • Where: Ina, Illinois
  • In-Person(do you have to be there to enter): Not necessary
  • Entry Fee: Yes

ZestFest 2012

  • When: January 27-29th
  • Where: Irving, Texas
  • In-Person? No
  • Entry Fee? Yes ($$$$$)

Memphis in May

  • When: May 17, 2012
  • Where: Memphis, TN
  • In-Person (do you have to be there to enter)? Yes
  • Entry Fee? Yes

Naperville Rib Fest

  • When: June 29th – July 3rd
  • Where: Naperville, IL
  • In-Person? n/a
  • Entry Fee? n/a

The Saucekers

  • When: August
  • Where: Boston, Massachusetts
  • In-Person (do you have to be there to enter)? No
  • Entry Fee? Yes

American Royal BBQ Event

  • When:  Oct 6, 2012
  • Where: Kansas City, Missouri
  • In-Person ? No
  • Entry Fee?  Yes
  • 2011 Results

Gettin Sauced

  • When: October 27, 2012
  • Where: Austin, Texas
  • In-Person? No
  • Entry Fee? Yes

Scovie Awards

  • When: Annually, October timeframe
  • Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • In-person? No
  • Entry Fee? Yes

National BBQ Festival

  • When: November (possibly 3rd and 4th)
  • Where: Waycross , Georgia
  • In-Person? No
  • Entry Fee? Yes

Any others, let me know in the comments.


Brian ( @bbqsaucerviews )


Site Editor, BBQ Sauce Lover, Family Guy, Hi Tech Marketer by Day. He recently wrote the Ebook “How to Market Your BBQ Sauce” which can be purchased on this site.



  1. National BBQ Association
    Awards of Excellence

    Entries must be received by 20 Jan 12
    Ina, Illinois
    No attendance
    Entry Fee

    National BBQ Association
    People’s Choice Awards

    Entries must be received between 17-24 Feb 12
    San Diego, California
    No attendance
    No additional entry fee but sauce must have been submitted for Awards of Excellence

    Any chance we can get exact dates and/or website info on the above contests?


  2. Great list here, Jay! Is there a BBQ Sauce or Competitive Sauce journal or magazine out there? Your post here is one of the only places I think I’ve ever seen a comprehensive listing of sauce competitions.

  3. Thanks, it’s brian. Jay does the BBQ tools and tech reviews.

  4. wait till you try the Lava-Q at the zestfest in irving Texas. That sauce is a blast!

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