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Lodi Beer Fest & BBQ Championship

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Lodi, CA

What pairs best with the region’s best beer fest?

Championship BBQ of course!

Think of it as a BEER-B-Q! This event is so much more than a Beer festival and a BBQ contest, it’s a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned four meat Championship Series event, a Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue (draw) an American Royal Invitational Qualifier, as well as a Team of the Year (ToY) event for KCBS.

Contest Basics

Contestants cook 4 meats:

• Chicken

• Pork Ribs

• Boston Pork Roast (Pork Shoulder/Boston Butt)

• Beef Brisket

Which may be cooked using heat sources of

• Wood

• Pellet

• Charcoal (Lump or Briquettes)

Entries are presented blindly to judges in (provided) 9″ x 9″ (Styrofoam to-go style) containers. They are judged on the following criteria:

• Appearance

• Tenderness

• Taste

The OFFICIAL rules for this contest can be found here (PDF). If you have any questions about these rules or how the contest works, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Event Details

  • Combined with region’s premier BEER FEST – discounted admission to the “all you can drink” beer fest will available to all teams & judges
  • Large & Level Team Sites!
  • 20/50 amp “shore” power INCLUDED – from your arrival until your departure!
  • Real bathrooms (no portables!)
  • Onsite Showers
  • Onsite dump station
  • Nearby water hookups
  • Grass or pavement spaces available (choices as available), no dirt!
  • Access to full kitchen with 3 basin hot water sink for dishwashing
  • Free Ice
  • Short walk from all team sites to INDOOR Judging
  • Thursday Arrival & Sunday Departure no problem (with power from your arrival to your departure)
  • Centrally located just a few miles off I-5, <1 mile off CA-99, ~250 miles north of Bakersfield
  • Taste of BBQ 75/25 split (no PC voting), no admission (or parking fees!) for folks to come check out (or buy) BBQ – DEADLINE FOR ENTRY to Taste of BBQ  is 3/20/18
  • Taste of BBQ Teams can also sell soft drinks (soda, water, sports drinks, lemonade, tea, coffee)
  • Guaranteed $8,500 CASH payout in this KCBS State BBQ Championship! Prize Breakdown to be posted here soon. A completed W-9 form is required for us to issue ANY payments. We will also have them on site so as not to delay any payments.