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, October 9th at 8 am. No team is allowed to occupy a space without checking in first. All participants will have an 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.

Fees are non-refundable.

The Tailgate Competition is now full and the application has now closed. For more information, questions or to be added to a waiting list, please reach out to