The Tailgate Challenge is a pork rib and chicken cooking contest run and judged under modified rules of the Kansas City Barbecue Society. The Tailgate Challenge offers local backyard cookers a taste of the competition barbecue experience.

This contest is limited to 45 entries.

Check-in is Friday, August 9th at 8 am. No team is allowed to occupy a space without checking in first. All participants will have a 18 ft by 18 ft space. No vehicle parking in the tailgate lot.

No electricity is provided. Per Harford County Government Electrical Permitting and Licensing Department, no generators will be allowed.
Failure to adhere to the rules will result in immediate disqualification and removal from the event.

Fees are non-refundable.

The committee will not review your application unless it is complete with payment.

The Tailgate Challenge application is now closed. We invite you to apply for the 2020 MD State BBQ Bash when applications open in March of 2020.