Backyard Registration



Are people always telling you your ribs are the BEST around? Or maybe you are looking to take your BBQ skills to the next level. Cook up some of your best chicken and ribs and participate in the Backyard BBQ Competition at the Smoke in the Grove BBQ Festival on Saturday July 27, 2019.

This amateur contest is intended for the local backyard BBQ enthusiasts, those people whose friends and family that tell them they create fantastic ribs and chicken at home and of course, for those ready to take their BBQ to the next level! Participants can register as a group or as an individual and the cost to enter is $100. The winners will receive a trophy, a cash prize and ultimate bragging rights. Participants are also allowed to camp in their spots Friday night before the contest.

Amateur Contest Details & Rules:

  • Our Amateur Contest consists of two categories. Chicken and Ribs.
  • Chicken can be any piece or cut of chicken. Must provide enough for 6 judges.
  • Ribs can be either spares or baby back and must be turned in bone-in.
  • Contestant provides their own meat which must be inspected prior to starting to prepare/cook.
  • Start at check-in with cold, untreated, raw meat. Meat may be trimmed, but cannot be pre-cooked, soaked, marinated, brined prior to inspection.
  • KCBS rules will be followed:
    • Charcoal, or wood cooking methods may be used. All cooking must be done onsite
    • Allowed Garnishes: Chopped, sliced, shredded or whole leaves of fresh green lettuce, parsley, or kale.
  • All competitors will have approximately a 20’x20’ area to cook in.
  • Turn-in containers will be provided after meat inspection.
  • All competitors must have a fire extinguisher
  • All meat must be kept below 40 degrees prior to cooking.
  • Electricity and water will be provided within 50 feet of designated cooking space.
  • Parking will be provided onsite but away from the contest area.
  • Prize money
    • Grand Champion -- $500 and Trophy
    • Reserve Grand Champion --$250 and Trophy
    • One in each category
      • 1st Place -- $150 and Trophy
      • 2nd Place -- $75 and Trophy
      • 3rd Place -- Trophy

Please complete the form below to register your backyard team for the Backyard BBQ competition at Smoke in the Grove.

Entry fees are $100 per team for a 20 x 20 space. The registration fees can be paid via PayPal.  You will be redirected to PayPal upon clicking submit below.

Team Name:*
Head Cook:*
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KCBS Member Number:
Space Size: All spaces will be 20x20. Spaces will have minimum (1) - 20 Amp Outlet and (1) water connection within 50 feet.*
Please indicate if you'd like to participate in the Kennie's Steak and Sausage Challenge. (SCA) Turn-in will be 7:30pm-8:00pm Friday night. ($125)*
Click here for details regarding the Kennie's Steak and Sausage Challenge.
People's Choice • Contestant will be given one pork butt of approximately eight pounds each. • A volunteer will deliver the pork butts no later than 4:00 PM on Friday July 26. • Contestant will be given a half pan with lid for turn in. • Turn in will be Saturday from 10:00AM-11:00AM. A volunteer will come to your site to collect the pork. • Pork must be cooked to a minimum of 165 degrees. • Contestant may sauce (or not) pork to their liking. • Entries will be renumbered and randomized for public sale. • Samples will be sold to public between 11:00AM-3:30PM. • Voting will be via text message (number will be posted around the serving area) • Voting will conclude at 3:30PM. • Contestants will be revealed at 4:00PM to the public. • Winners will be announced during award ceremony at 4:30PM. • 1st- $300-Trophy • 2nd-$150-Trophy • 3rd-$75-Trophy • Proceeds benefit Spring Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund. • Selecting "NO" will result in a $50 charge. If you are absolutely unable to compete, please contact us to work out additional details.
Please indicate your willingess to particpate in the People's Choice Pork Competition.*
Please indicate if you would like to arrive Thursday. ($25)
Please indicate if you would like to stay Saturday evening. ($25)
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By clicking submit the undersigned, individually and/or on behalf of the Company/Organization does hereby discharge, release, indemnify, and hold harmless the Borough of Spring Grove, Spring Grove Regional Parks and Recreation and the Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce its officers, employees, agents, volunteers, and all other sponsoring organizations from any and all manner of actions, suits, damages or claims whatsoever arising from any loss or damage to the person or property of the undersigned and the undersigned's employees, volunteers, representatives or agents while in possession of the vendor space or participating in the SMOKE IN THE GROVE event.

Cancellations: Full refund (less any fees) until June 1, 2019, 50% (less any fees) until July 1, 2019, No refunds after July 1, 2019. Changes to registration after July 1, 2019 will result in additional fees.