Kingsford® Invitational Promises Toughest Competition Yet

November 5, 2012

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The stakes have never been higher as eight of the country’s best competition barbecue teams assemble in Belle, Missouri November 8-10 for the $50,000 winner-take-all Kingsford® Invitational.


As winners of 2012 most coveted Grand Champion titles, these teams will battle it out in a variety of categories designed to showcase their full range of skills and to allow one team to walk away with barbecue’s ultimate bragging rights.


Qualifying teams are as follows:


•    Motley Que CrewHouston Livestock Show & Rodeo World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest Grand Champion

•    Yazoo’s Delta QMemphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Grand Champion

•     Smokin’ Triggers BBQ, BBQ Pitmasters Grand Champion

•    Smokers PurgatoryGreat Lenexa BBQ Battle Grand Champion

•    Shiggin’ & Grinnin’American Royal World Series of Barbecue Open Contest Grand Champion

•    Lucky’s Q, Sam’s Club National BBQ Championship Grand Champion

•    Pig Skin BBQJack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue

•    Checkered Pig, Kingsford 40k Challenge Representative (competition team that earns the highest score at one of the 15 sanctioned events)


Given the fact that these contests span several organizing bodies, Kingsford has come up with a blend of categories certain to appease all of the qualifying cooks.  Here’s the lowdown…


First up is ribs, followed by chicken, brisket and either pork shoulder or whole hog. Teams will have the opportunity to submit a fifth category – the “best bite” – using the food of their choice to demonstrate their fire-fueled cooking chops and represent their home region. This could include anything from more traditional items, such as regional sausage or smoked turkey legs to non-traditional fire-kissed foods, such as wild game from the team’s last hunting trip, an inspired backyard burger or even dessert. The team with the “best bite” will be rewarded one additional point in the competition.


All categories were carefully selected to keep the playing field as fair as possible.  Among those select to carefully choose the best-cooked barbecue include Tuffy Stone, Harry Soo, Brad Orrison, Ardie Davis PhB, Amy Mills, and VIP blogger Meathead from


Official rules for the invitational will be created from insights provided by several barbecue associations, including the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) and International Barbeque Cookers Association.


So who’s got the cooking chops to emerge as the year’s top barbecue master?  We’ll find out soon enough so stay tuned to for even more pre- and post-event coverage.


And keep an eye out in March 2013 for the premier of Destination America’s one hour behind-the-scenes Kingsford® Invitational television special.  It’s certain to be one can’t miss program.


Clint Cantwell, Editor 

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