Great Lenexa BBQ Battle
Presented by SureWest
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 2013 Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle will be held on June 21 and 22 at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park (87th & Lackman Road). 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 Champion. Prizes and ribbons are awarded for the top 10 contestants in seven categories and top three overall winners.
View the 2012 Great Lenexa BBQ Battle contest results and photos from the 2012 event.
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 2013 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?
See the judge application process for more information. (As of 5/8/13, all judge positions have been filled.)
Where do I park?
The best option is to use the continuous, free shuttle service provided by the Parks and Recreation Department. Park in the business lot located at the southeast corner of 95th Street and Lackman Road or at City Hall, 12350 W. 87th Street Parkway. Shuttles run continuously during BBQ hours. Also, see the map showing areas to avoid parking.
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.