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    • 16 Dec 2021
    • (CST)
    • 1 Nov 2022
    • (CST)
    • Online
    Register

    This form is used to submit and register Backyard contests to the MN BBQ Society website calendar.

    Registration: Registration will collect all the necessary information to post your contest (Contest name/description/dates/logo). When registering, enter the  Event email address (where event communications should be sent), and the Event Organizer's name.

    Optional: Team Of The Year Contest: If you would like your contest to be considered for MN TOY (Team of the Year), please be sure to indicate that during registration. The Society will determine if your contest meets the criteria for TOY. If it does, your contest will be advertised and counted as a TOY event for the year.

    Contest Cancellations: If your contest is cancelled, please return to this event page and cancel your contest registration. This will indicate to the Society to update and remove your contest from the website calendar.

    Backyard TOY (Team of the Year) Contest Criteria:

    All KCBS sanctioned backyard contests will be included in the TOY contest. Organizers must still submit their event to MBS. Contests that are not KCBS sanctioned are still eligible to participate in the TOY contest but must meet the following requirements:

    • For a contest to be considered for backyard TOY, the contest must be submitted to the MBS for consideration two months before the contest date.

    • Contest must be able to accommodate 15 or more teams

    • Contest must have 12 teams compete

    • Contest must have both pork ribs (spare or baby back) and chicken (must allow cooks choice of cut that is consistent with KCBS) 

    • Only ribs and chicken will count towards Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion, additional categories are permitted but will not be included for overall standings.

    • Contest must use either KCBS scoring or Minnesota BBQ Society scoring system

    • Organizers must provide teams name, Head Cook KCBS number and if no KCBS number their MBS number in their reporting of results of the contest 

    • Organizer is responsible for submitting scores to MBS.  Scoring must be turned in within one week after the contest. If scores are not submitted the results may not be considered for team of the year. If using KCBS scoring, confirm information has been sent to the TOY committee.

    • Blind judging is required.

    • Teams shall be given pre-numbered turn-in boxes.  Teams shall be responsible for bringing their boxes to a table for judging.

    • A cooks meeting shall be conducted the morning of the contest.  Rules and requirements for teams shall be discussed and teams will be held responsible for following the contest rules.

    • It is strongly encouraged that an organizer offer rules and expectations of their contest prior to teams signing up. This will allow teams to understand the details of each contest and allow for sufficient time to ask the organizer questions.

    • It is suggested that Team of the Year contests use 50% or more KCBS trained judges.  The Minnesota BBQ Society can assist in recruiting judges if needed.  If 50% trained judges are not available the Minnesota BBQ Society Judges Training Guide should be provided and discussed prior to beginning judging at the contest.

    • A 2021 TOY contest will be included for 2022 as long as the name and contest date are consistent and all TOY requirements continue to be met as well as a new application is completed.  If two contests are held on the same date, the contest with more TOY tenure will have priority for TOY.

    • Unless granted approval by the MBS board, there shall only be one TOY contest per date.

    • Organizer should be a member of the MBS and in good standing.

    • First time TOY contests will be offered an organizer mentor.  The mentor can assist and advise the organizer to ensure TOY requirements are understood and followed. 

    • Backyard TOY contests should consist of, to the best of the organizer’s ability, teams with a KCBS defined backyard status.  https://mms.kcbs.us/members/secure/filearchive/filelist.php?fac=5826&rpd=EV


    • 16 Dec 2021
    • (CST)
    • 1 Nov 2022
    • (CST)
    • Online
    Register

    This form is used to submit and register Masters Series (Pro) contests to the MN BBQ Society website calendar.

    Registration: Registration will collect all the necessary information to post your contest (Contest name/description/dates/logo). When registering, enter the  Event email address (where event communications should be sent), and the Event Organizer's name.

    Optional: Team Of The Year Contest: If you would like your contest to be considered for MN TOY (Team of the Year), please be sure to indicate that during registration. The Society will determine if your contest meets the criteria for TOY. If it does, your contest will be advertised and counted as a TOY event for the year.

    Contest Cancellations: If your contest is cancelled, please return to here and cancel your contest registration. This will indicate to the Society to update and remove your contest from the website calendar.

    Masters Series Contest Criteria:

    All Masters Series KCBS sanctioned contests in the state of Minnesota will be included in the TOY contest. Contests must adhere to all KCBS rules. Organizers must submit their event to MBS for TOY inclusion. 

    • 9 Jul 2022
    • Nevis, MN

    Rib contest, 1st 2nd and 3rd place prizes. There will also be a side meat competition. Live music after competition. Please email for a registration form. Limit 30 teams. Ribs are provided.

    • 15 Jul 2022
    • 16 Jul 2022
    • Worthington MN

    MN TOY  2022 QUALIFIER



    KCBS sanctioned event plus Friday night 1-meat Rib and Turkey smoke contest.
    Minnesota BBQ TOY event
    limit 40 teams, 20 sites with electricity.
    $9000 guaranteed pay out

    • 16 Jul 2022
    • Bancroft, IA

    MN TOY 2022 Qualifying Contest - Backyard Series

    KCBS Sanctioned

    The Bourbon, Brews & BBQ event is three-fold: we want to showcase local craft distilleries, breweries, and wineries, promote the appreciation of competition BBQ in a fun-filled environment, and to support our community by donating proceeds of the event to the Bancroft Fire Department & EMS so they can purchase badly-needed updated equipment.

    Teams are to be comprised of non-professionals that are required to cook chicken and pork ribs to win the Grand Championship. The cooking source at a Stand Alone Backyard Contest shall be of wood, wood pellets or charcoal. KCBS Backyard Rules and regulations apply. In addition, all KCBS team members who participate in a Backyard Sanctioned Contest earn points towards the KCBS Backyard Team of the Year.

    Info and registration info: sbfarmsdistillery@gmail.com

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bourbon-brews-bbq-competitor-registration-292113377977


    • 16 Jul 2022
    • Isanti, MN


    2nd Annual Rib Cook-off at Sunrise on Englund Shores.

    Minimum of 12 teams needed.


    • 23 Jul 2022
    • Preston, MN

    MN TOY 2022 Qualifying Contest - Backyard Series


    Fillmore County Fair BBQ Cook Off


    Chicken & Pork Ribs
    Over $1,500 in Payouts
    Space is limited to the first 15 teams.
    Electricity & water NOT provided
    All inquiries can be made to: Brady Bergey at 507-273-2564 or FillmoreCountyFairBBQ@outlook.com

    • 30 Jul 2022
    • Nashwauk MN

    Nashwauk Market RibFest

    - Must Be able to cook minimum 5 racks of Baby Back Ribs
    - Ribs will be distributed at 7:30AM July 30. Judging will be at 2:30 PM
    - Entry Fee $50
    - All entry fee money will be paid to the top winners and a people's choice winner.

    • 6 Aug 2022
    • 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Roseville MN

    MN TOY 2022 Qualifying Contest - Backyard Series

    KCBS Sanctioned


    10th Annual B-Dale Backyard Contest

    KCBS Sanctioned

    Fundraiser for the B-Dale club of Roseville.

    A backyard team of the year contest. Located in beautiful Roseville. We have limited spots for our chicken and rib contest. For more information please email: 

    bbq@salzl.com 


    • 20 Aug 2022
    • Willmar Minnesota



    When: Saturday, August 20, 2022 all day. Arrive on site at 7 am to set up grills and grill site.

    Where: Robbins Island Park, Willmar, MN

    Who: All backyard grillers!

    Entry Fee: Early bird signup $75 $100 (subject to change) day of the event entry fee includes 6 racks.

    Prizes: 1st Place = $1,000; 2nd Place = $500; People's Choice = $300

    Ribs: St. Louis Style will be provided 6 racks minimum please.

    Judging: at 4:00 pm. Ribs will be served shortly there after until gone.

    Culture: Family Friendly! Part of the One Way Festival, a non-alcoholic event!

    Fundraiser for Sponsors: Main: Atlas and The Fortress

    Contact: Rich Oxley - For more information, rules and application
    Email: push_play@msn.com

    • 20 Aug 2022
    • 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Canton, MN

    MN TOY 2022 Qualifying Contest - Backyard Series

    KCBS Sanctioned



    KCBS Sanctioned Two Meat Backyard BBQ Contest
    Categories: Chicken & Pork Ribs
    Over $2,500 in Payouts
    Optional Friday Evening People's Choice Chicken Wing Cookoff
    Space is limited to the first 18 teams.
    Electricity & water NOT provided
    Entry Fee $150

    All inquiries can be made to: Brady Bergey at 507-273-2564 or CantonBBQ@outlook.com

    https://www.cantondayoff.com/bbq-cook-off/


    • 10 Sep 2022
    • Roseville MN

    MN TOY 2022 Qualifying Contest - Backyard Series

    KCBS Sanctioned



    Info and registration here https://e.givesmart.com/events/qe8/


    • 10 Sep 2022
    • Annandale, MN

    Annandale Youth First Bbq Competition

    Entry fee $150, gets you 10 racks of ribs
    $1000 1st place payout if over 20 teams, as well as 2nd and 3rd place payouts.
    Minimum of 6 bones turned in for judging, tickets will be sold to the public for rib tasting.

    Non-KCBS

    • 16 Sep 2022
    • 17 Sep 2022
    • Elk River, Mn (ERX Motorpark)

    MN TOY 2022 Qualifying Contest - Backyard Series

    This year's event is on and we want you there! Come out and compete against some of Minnesota's best backyard teams. Chicken and Ribs will once again be the categories. Tons of live music and other family friendly events both days. Last year was a major success in teams helping raise awareness for mental health and reducing the stigma, this year won't be any different. Shoot an email  to puppychow9@hotmail.com and we can send you a sign up sheet and answer any questions. Entry fees and payouts are being decided now. #LIVIN #reducethestigma #starttheconversation

    • 24 Sep 2022
    • Big Lake, MN

    MN TOY 2022 Qualifying Contest - Backyard Series

    BRING THE FAMILY OUT FOR A FUN FILLED DAY OF BBQ, MUSIC, & MORE! Event will be held at lakeside park (beach) Big Lake, MN.
    First year of becoming a TOY event for MBS!! This could be one of your last opportunities to gain points!! ALL proceeds benefit local veterans, service members, and/or their families!!



    Judged Ribs and Chicken competition
    Public judging for ribs only (People's Choice)
    $150 Entry/Team
    $$ Payouts TBD (previous years' purse $1,500)
    Maximum 25 teams
    No overnight parking/camping available



    • 2 Oct 2022
    • Prior Lake, MN

    20 teams of up to four (4) individuals will be competing to earn the title of Lakers Backyard Pitmaster! This is an amateur competition ONLY, no professionals allowed! All proceeds will go to Invisible Wounds Project, a MN based 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
    You will start cooking at 6am on Saturday October 2, in the Rock Creek Building parking lot. This cook will coincide with Heart-tober Fest, a fundraising Oktoberfest style celebration with Boathouse Brothers Brewing. $150 entry if you provide your own meat, $300 if you would like your meat provided. Please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grill-your-ace-off-registration-167094025729?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse for more information and the rules.

    Pork Butt, Ribs, Wings, and Dessert. Top 5 in each category will win cash and trophy!

    *Grand Champion -- $300 and Trophy; *Reserve Grand Champion --$200 and Trophy; *1st Place -- $150 and Trophy; *2nd Place -- $100 and Trophy; *3rd Place -- $50 and Trophy; *4th Place--$25 and Trophy; *5th Place--$20 and Trophy; *People's Choice--$25 and Trophy

    • 14 Oct 2022
    • 16 Oct 2022
    • West Salem, Wisconsin

    MN TOY 2022 Qualifying Contest - Backyard Series

    KCBS Sanctioned


    Bring'n Home the Bacon II is a fun filled DOUBLE KCBS Backyard Series barbeque competition - October 14-16, 2022 at the beautiful and spacious Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort off of Lake Neshonoc in West Salem, Wisconsin. Check out www.bringnhomethebacon.com for details and/or email or call Laurie.



Past events

18 Jun 2022 June Fest Rib & Wing cook-off
10 Jun 2022 Bring'n Home the Bacon I - Masters (Double)
10 Jun 2022 Bring'n Home the Bacon I - Backyard
4 Jun 2022 Smokin in Steele BBQ and Blues - Backyard Contest
3 Jun 2022 Smokin' in Steele - Masters
21 May 2022 Ham Lake Lanes Rib Cook Off
20 May 2022 Plant Yourself in Gaylord
14 May 2022 Contest Judge, Table Captain, Volunteer Sign Up - MN in May 2022
14 May 2022 MN in May 2022 - Backyard Contest
13 May 2022 MN in May 2022 - Compart Kid's Que Challenge
13 May 2022 MN in May 2022 - Friday One Meat - Ribs
13 May 2022 MN in May 2022 - Master's Series Contest
12 May 2022 KCBS Judge Class 2022
12 May 2022 KCBS Table Captain Class 2022
12 May 2022 MN in May 2022: Camping Add-On
12 May 2022 MN in May 2022 Volunteer
29 Apr 2022 BBQ 301 Class
9 Apr 2022 BHTB Judge and Table Captain Class
2 Apr 2022 2022 Spring Training
29 Jan 2022 2022 Annual MBS Banquet
1 Jan 2022 MN Team of the Year Points Chase Sign Up
1 Dec 2021 Annual Banquet Donations
15 Oct 2021 Bring'n Home the Bacon II - Backyard (Double)
25 Sep 2021 Ribs for the Ribbon
18 Sep 2021 #LIVIN Music Festival & Backyard Comp
11 Sep 2021 Youth First Rib Competition (Backyard competition)
11 Sep 2021 3BC Backyard Rib Competition
11 Sep 2021 Smoke your ACE off
11 Sep 2021 Youth first rib competition
22 Aug 2021 Big Island BBQ (BIB) - Backyard
21 Aug 2021 Boomer Backyard BBQ Cookoff
21 Aug 2021 Rockin' Ribfest Oneway Festival
20 Aug 2021 Big Island BBQ - Masters Series
7 Aug 2021 B-Dale BBQ Contest
7 Aug 2021 Dennison Days BBQ Contest
24 Jul 2021 Fillmore County Fair BBQ Cook Off
16 Jul 2021 KTD Smokin' Gobbler Cook Off
16 Jul 2021 Deer River BBQ & Brew Fest
20 Jun 2021 Rigs & Pigs Backyard BBQ Cook-Off
11 Jun 2021 Bring'n Home the Bacon - Backyard (Double)
11 Jun 2021 Bring'n Home the Bacon - Masters (Double)
5 Jun 2021 BBQ and Brew Cook Off
30 May 2021 Wild West Days Rib 2021 Cook Off
22 May 2021 Mad May BBQ
8 May 2021 Contest Judge, Table Captain, Volunteer Sign Up - MN in May
8 May 2021 MN in May - Backyard Contest
7 May 2021 MN in May - Compart Kid's Que Challenge
7 May 2021 MN in May - Master's Series Contest
7 May 2021 MN in May - Friday One Meat - Ribs
6 May 2021 KCBS Judge Class
6 May 2021 MN in May: Camping Add-On
6 May 2021 MN in May Volunteer
27 Mar 2021 Annual MBS Banquet
6 Mar 2021 Member Class: Tell All Chicken and Ribs
26 Jan 2021 Board Meeting - Annual Meeting
1 Jan 2021 Banquet Donations
16 Dec 2020 Annual Elections
16 Dec 2020 December Board Meeting

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