Great Lenexa BBQ Battle
Presented by Consolidated Communications (formerly SureWest)
The 2014 Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle was held June 27 and 28 at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park.
The Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle started in 1982 with 12 contestants and 12 judges. On April 27, 1984, Governor John Carlin declared the contest the official Kansas State Championship. Since then, the contest has grown to its current size of approximately 185 contestants and 240 judges.
The two-day event, which includes children's activities and live music, attracts cookers from all over the country who compete for the coveted title of Grand Champion of the Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle, Kansas State Championship. Prizes and ribbons are awarded for the top 10 contestants in seven categories and top three overall winners.
Check back in a few days for 2014 event photos. Click here for 2014 event photos.
Special for 2014
Visitors to the Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle in 2014 had the special opportunity to try samples and watch food demonstrations. Lenexa was chosen to host both the Great American Cookout Tour and McCormick Grill Mates this year.
- Great American Cookout Tour: Barbeque aficionados Mike and Christine Peters hosted cooking demonstrations and provided samples to the public both Friday night and Saturday.
- McCormick Grill Mates: Free samples and food demonstrations were provided by McCormick Spices at the Lions Shelter on Friday and Saturday.
Two days of BBQ
The fun begins on Friday as 185 teams arrive with some of the most unique smoking contraptions imaginable. As the teams prepare their cooking sites, the Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park comes alive with entertainment and music.
The real contest begins Saturday as the judging tent buzzes with activity preparing for the first barbeque samples to arrive at noon. Judges have the difficult task of identifying the best barbeque among seven different categories, including brisket, pork, ribs, sausage, chicken, whole animal and miscellaneous.
See a PDF of the 2014 BBQ event map.
Interested in competing?
See the team application process for important deadlines and instructions.
Check out the team information page for details on team parking, shuttles, special offers, maps and more.
Interested in judging?
As of May 13, all judging positions have been filled. See the judge application process for more information.
Learn how to become a sponsor, volunteer or food/non-food vendor for the Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle.
For more information
For general questions or if you'd like more information on competing or being a judge, call 913.477.7100.
Thank you to our sponsors
Presenting – Consolidated Communications (formerly SureWest)
Major – 94.9 KCMO, Central States Beverage Co., HyVee Lenexa, McCormick Grill Mates, Reser’s Fine Foods
Platinum – Academy Sports + Outdoors, APW Plumbing, B.F. Ascher, CoreFirst Bank & Trust, Gambino’s, Clorox, Pierce & Knight Dentistry, Lenexa Christian Center, Renewal By Andersen, Alenco, Inc., Massage Envy, The Gamble Team – Reece & Nichols, Gill Studios
Silver - i9 Sports, Mainstreet Credit Union, Sports Clips