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KCBS BBQ Competition


Dr. George Smith BBQ Brawl

Murfreesboro’s Only KCBS-sanctioned BBQ Event

May 9, 2020 – Cannonsburgh Village, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The Boro BBQ Festival is one of Tennessee’s premiere BBQ Events and is a KCBS competitive sanctioned contest. It is a community event sponsored by the Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club to celebrate the culturally diverse and rich heritage of Tennessee.

This annual barbecue cook-off will celebrate the cuisine of fine barbecued  Chicken, Pork Ribs, and Anything Butt….

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The Dr. George Smith BBQ Brawl has become a popular KCBS Competitive Series Competition. With only 50 coveted spaces, we have a full field and waiting list every year.

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We know schedules can change and there’s a lot of great BBQ competitions to choose from. So we’re making it easy to reserve your spot. Sign up today and we’ll put your name on the list. Hurry, that list is growing daily.  Registration is $175 per team.

Cook on May 9

The 7th Annual Boro BBQ Festival will take place on the grounds of Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on May 9, 2020. You’ll receive more information by email as we come closer to the event. Remember, this is a 2-Meat+PLUS KCBS Competitive Series Competition. Our judges only want the best Chicken, Pork Ribs you can muster – Mustard is optional. And don’t forget our new third category, Anything Butt… where you can let your creativity shine!

Competition awards


1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Chicken $600 $400 $300 $200 $100
Ribs $600 $400 $300 $200  $100
Anything Butt… $600 $400 $300 $200  $100


Cooker’s Application – Registration is Closed

Vendor’s Application – Registration is Closed

Judge’s Application – Register on KCBS Web Site


7 thoughts on “KCBS BBQ Competition

  1. What does this mean exactly?

    Remember, this is a 2-Meat+PLUS KCBS Competitive Series Competition.

    What is the Competitive Series? Are there more meats to cook??

  2. Rick, According to KCBS, the Competitor Series:

    “With a Competitors Series, the Organizer chooses the types of meats to be cooked, instead of the 4 standard meats used by KCBS. In addition, the Competitors Series contest allows for alternative heats sources. Traditional sanctioning fees and costs apply. The Competitors Series Contest is not eligible for the American Royal or the Jack Daniels World Championship. In addition, teams who participate in a Competitors Series Contest will not receive KCBS Team of the Year points.”

    For our Festival, many of our faithful competitors were “aging out” of the Backyard category. Now, they can come back and compete. We’re still hosting 2 meats – Chicken and Ribs – and are adding the Anything Butt category. Want to submit Grandma’s Grit Casserole? Do it. A ham smoked according to a generations old recipe? We’re in. A new creation in slaw? We’re all about it. This fun addition pulls out all the stops.

    Hope this helps!

  3. We are trying to register for the bbq competition on May 11, 2019 in Murfreesboro but the forms are saying 2017. Are we suppose to use the 2017 form. Thank

  4. Hi, The forms are dated 2017 because that’s when they were created. It’s an unfortunate part of the web site template. Non-profits = you have to make compromises! This form will work!

  5. I’m wanting to make sure the Cooker’s Application is for 2019 before I pay the money. The other 2 applications have 2019 next to them.

  6. So when you say that it allows for alternative heat sources, does that mean you can now enter with propane smoker?

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