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.
MEMPHIS IN MAY
BARBECUE COOKING CONTEST
GREAT LENEXA BBQ BATTLEEvent info►
AMERICA'S BARBECUE PITMASTERS
WORLD SERIES OF
Kansas City Barbecue Society’s 2012 Team of the YearEvent info►
Folds of Honor Foundation, to be Represented by a Military BBQ TeamEvent info►
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 ContestSee More►
SWEET SWINE O’ MINE
Grand Champion, Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking ContestSee More►
PORK N' MINDY
Grand Champion, 2013 Great Lenexa BBQ BattleSee More►
Grand Champion, Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters Season 4See More►
3 Eyz BBQ
2012 Team of the Year, Kansas City Barbecue SocietySee More►
IOWA’S SMOKEY D’S BBQ
Grand Champion, American Royal World Series of Barbecue Open ContestSee More►
Grand Champion, Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational BarbecueSee More►
Military BBQ Team representing Folds of Honor FoundationSee More►
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.
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.
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.
Named 2011 BBQ Person of the Year by grillingwithrich.com, Brad heads The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
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.
Globally acclaimed Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine, has been taking the nation by storm, opening award winning restaurants across the United States.
This James Beard Award-nominated author of Peace, Love and Barbecue also happens to be the daughter of barbecue legend Mike Mills.