June 1-4, 2023

SD BBQ Championships

2022 Original SD BBQ Championships - June 3 & 4

The Original South Dakota BBQ Championships was started in 2007 and is a sanctioned event through the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) held in Huron, SD on the SD State Fairgrounds in conjunction with Wheel Jam.

Starting on Friday, June 3, the event kicks off with the KCBS sanctioned one meat rib contest. In the evening is the F.A.T. Friday Chili Challenge, where the public is invited to participate in the people’s choice contest.

On Saturday, June 4, contestants can also compete in the four meat master series competition, the contest that started it all for the Original SD BBQ Championships, and the Turkey Smoke contest. The Backyard BBQ People’s Choice competition is also held on Saturday, June 4.

The event is possible because of the event sponsors.

Check out the complete list of sponsors!

KCBS logo Turkey Smoke logorib battle logo

The Original SD BBQ Championships offers:

  • KCBS sanctioned event
  • $14,000 total KCBS purse
  • Payout to Top 10 for each category as well as payouts to Top 5 Overall
  • High CBJ % rate
  • Over $2,000 in other contest categories; Chili and Backyard BBQ
  • Early Bird Discount: Return form before April and receive $25 off your entry fee
  • Refer a new team and receive a $50 discount
  • One meat contest in addition to standard four meat contest
  • Turkey Smoke contest

Venue offers:

  • 20 ft. x 50-65 ft. campsites
  • Electricity and water hookups provided at all campsites
  • 20 A/125V & 30A/125V available
  • Bathhouses with hot showers within walking distance
  • RV dump station on site
Committee Members:
Candi Briley | Bush Fullerton | Scott Cordts | Trevor Gerrits | Jason Briley
Ron Hines | Laura Cross | Jan Gerrits | Jim Tharp | James Coates
James Shoultz | Laurie Shelton
Montgomery Real Estate logo
Dakota Provisions logo
Potters Shoes logo
The Carpet Center logo
Carr Chiropractic Logo
Mack Metal Logo
Farm Credit Services of America Logo
American Lamb Board
SD Sheep Growers Logo
Trussbilt logos
Jack Links
Kepp's Chislic
Agtegra
Independent Health Solutions
Lynne and Diane Perry
Karl Blessinger
Lincoln Auto Parts
Protective Coating
SD Beef
South Dakota Pork Producers Council
Huron Daily Plainsman
Slumberland

SD BBQ Championships Registration

The Original SD BBQ Championships is KCBS sanctioned, and features the standalone rib contest on Friday, June 3 and Master Series contest and Turkey Smoke, a KCBS turkey ancillary competition on Saturday, June 4.  

Turkey Smoke will be judged at 2 PM following the Master Series contest judging on Saturday, June 4.  Each contestant will be provided complimentary turkey product, typically a boneless, skin-on breast.

Learn more about the Turkey Smoke

Benefits of the standalone rib contest:

  • Receive KCBS points in ribs category
  • Great for BBQ enthusiasts just starting out
  • Less pit/grill space is needed

Included on the entry form is the KCBS Master Series four meat contest, Turkey Smoke, one meat contest, and Backyard BBQ People's Choice (not KCBS sanctioned).

Sign up now!

2022 Team List

winners holding novelty check

Judging

KCBS representatives for the contest are Richard and Bunny Tuttle.

If you are interested in being a judge for the 15th Annual SD BBQ Championship, please fill out the forms below and send them to Candi Briley at SD State Fair, 1060 3rd St. SW, Huron, SD 57350 or email her. CBJs are given first preference for judging.

Friday June 3 Judging Form Saturday, June 4 Judging Form

Chili Challenge and Backyard BBQ People’s Choice

Bring your friends, appetite, and thirst to the F.A.T. Friday Chili Challenge on Friday, June 3!  The people's choice public tasting is held on Friday evening! Think your chili reigns supreme? Enter it in the F.A.T. Friday Chili Challenge!

On Saturday, June 4, immediately following the Saturday KCBS competition is the “Backyard BBQ People’s Choice” event. This event is designed to give the public an opportunity to taste unique delicacies and to contribute to the SD State Fair Foundation. Meat is provided to Backyard BBQ contestants at no additional costs.

Learn more about the Chili Challenge and Backyard BBQ

chili team