This year over 30 competition teams from the Mid-Atlantic area and beyond are competing for $12,500 in cash prizes and the chance to compete in the annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, TN and The American Royal in Kansas City, MO.

Event Details

The MD State BBQ Bash will take place in 2021 on Friday October 15th from 4pm – 10pm and Saturday October 16  from 12pm – 10pm. This is a rain or shine event.

All applicants must submit payment with their application. The committee will not review your application unless it is complete with payment.  In the event of your application not being accepted, your application fee will be refunded.

Only space is provided. All competitors must provide their own tables, chairs and display materials.

Run and judged under the KCBS rules and regulations. This will include the 4 KCBS categories – chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket. Please refer to the KCBS website for the 2021 Rules and Regulations, which can be found here.

Check-in occurs on Thursday from 6-8 pm and Friday from 8am-1pm. Any vehicles parked in cooking spots must remain there from 1pm on Friday until 5pm on Saturday. Registration fee is nonrefundable.


5 amps of electricity is provided with every paid registration. To upgrade your electricity to 50 amps (limit 1 per registered team) please contact Jenny Falcone at

Per Harford County Government’s Electrical Permitting and Licensing Department, no generators are allowed.

Application Details

Applications for the 2021 Championship Competition are now open

    First Name

    Last Name

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    Have you competed in a KCBS Contest Before?

    Have you competed at the MD State BBQ Bash Championship Before? Please check all appropriate boxes.
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    Space Needed

    Please upload a completed W9 Form. This is required to complete your application.

    If you place, who should the check be made out to?

    By entering your name below you certify that your entire set-up will completely fit within the space dimensions paid for. Absolutely nothing is permitted outside your paid dimensions. (required)

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    Upon completion of this form, you will be redirected to payment options. Payment is required to complete your application.