Kingsford Invitational, New York City. The Ultimate BBQ Battle is Back, This Veteran’s Day weekend, we’re boarding the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum to award the second annual Kingsford Invitational title, the $50,000 grand prize, and the ultimate in BBQ bragging rights!

ABOUT THE INVITATIONAL

THE BEST OF THE BEST IN BBQ

The world’s best BBQ teams did battle on the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum during the second annual Kingsford Invitational. This time around, we invited a special U.S. military BBQ team to compete against 7 Grand Champion crews from this year’s qualifying competitions. Tune into Destination America starting July 12 to watch Kingsford crown the best of the best in barbecue.

HOUSTON WORLD
CHAMPIONSHIP
BAR-B-QUE CONTEST

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MEMPHIS IN MAY
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
BARBECUE COOKING CONTEST

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GREAT LENEXA BBQ BATTLE

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DESTINATION
AMERICA'S BARBECUE PITMASTERS

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AMERICAN ROYAL
WORLD SERIES OF
BARBECUE OPEN

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JACK DANIELS
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
INVITATIONAL BBQ

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Kansas City Barbecue Society’s 2012 Team of the Year

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Folds of Honor Foundation, to be Represented by a Military BBQ Team

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ONE BITE CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY WALMART

60 MINUTES. 5 INGREDIENTS. 1 BITE.

One of the unique components of the Kingsford Invitational is the One Bite Challenge presented by Walmart. Our contestants were given Walmart USDA Choice Premium Steaks and an hour to prepare a single bite size serving of an original steak recipe using 5 ingredients or less.

MEET THE CONTESTANTS

A WORLD-CLASS FIELD OF BBQ CREWS

Seven barbecue teams earned their way to the Kingsford Invitational by winning a Grand Champion title in select competitions across the country. Our eighth team consists of members of a U.S. military team, hand selected to compete toe-to-toe with the best barbecue crews in the country.

ACROSS THE TRACK COOK-OFF TEAM

Grand Champion, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo World’s Championship BBQ Contest

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SWEET SWINE O’ MINE

Grand Champion, Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

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PORK N' MINDY

Grand Champion, 2013 Great Lenexa BBQ Battle

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PELLET ENVY

Grand Champion, Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters Season 4

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3 Eyz BBQ

2012 Team of the Year, Kansas City Barbecue Society

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IOWA’S SMOKEY D’S BBQ

Grand Champion, American Royal World Series of Barbecue Open Contest

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Cool Smoke

Grand Champion, Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue

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Queology

Military BBQ Team representing Folds of Honor Foundation

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MEET OUR JUDGES

WHO’S WHO OF QUE

Our judges are some of the most recognized and respected names in the world of barbecue and grilling. Meet the all-star lineup of BBQ pros that crown the Kingsford Invitational Champion.

Ed Mitchell

Ed Mitchell

Master of Pit-Cooked Whole-Hog BBQ. He shares that spirit and a 150-year-old family recipe in every ounce of “Q” he serves.

Chris Lilly

Chris Lilly

Corporate Pitmaster for Kingsford® Charcoal, Chris also serves as Vice President of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q and is the head of their competition team.

Brad Orrison

Brad Orrison

Named 2011 BBQ Person of the Year by grillingwithrich.com, Brad heads The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Melissa Cookston

Melissa Cookston

This world-class BBQ competitor lead Yazoo’s Delta Q to the title at the inaugural Kingsford Invitational in 2012, against some of the best teams in the country.

Douglas Rodriguez

Douglas Rodriguez

Globally acclaimed Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine, has been taking the nation by storm, opening award winning restaurants across the United States.

Amy Mills

Amy Mills

This James Beard Award-nominated author of Peace, Love and Barbecue also happens to be the daughter of barbecue legend Mike Mills.

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