2023 Smoke on The Shores BBQ Championship

Entry Deadline: March 16, 2023
Categories: BBQ Competitions
2023 Smoke on The Shores BBQ Championship
Venue / Location

Wilson County Fairgrounds
James E. Ward Agricultural Center
945 E. Baddour Parkway
Lebanon, TN 37087

General Information

Competition – March 17-18, 2023

There is a waiting list for this competition.

On March 17-18, 2023 in Nashville (Lebanon, TN), Smoke on the Shores will host a 60+ team professional BBQ competition

The 2023 Smoke on the Shores BBQ Championship will host professional BBQ competition teams from across the U.S. to compete in four categories: Ribs, Chicken, Pork and Brisket. These professional BBQ teams will compete for prize money totaling over $10,000 and points towards being the KCBS national BBQ team of the year.

The 2023 Smoke on the Shores BBQ Championship is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS). KCBS sanctions and judges BBQ competitions across the U.S. and promotes barbeque as America’s cuisine. It is the largest society of barbeque enthusiasts in the world, with over 19,000 members. KCBS sanctions nearly 450 events across the globe each year.

KCBS Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 16, 2023
2:00pm                                Early Team Arrivals*

Friday, March 17, 2022
Morning/Afternoon             Team Arrivals
Morning/Afternoon             Meat Inspection
4:00pm                                KCBS Cook’s Meeting
7:00pm Friday Night Rib Challenge Turn-in (Pro & Backyard)
8:00pm Friday Night Rib Challenge Awards
11:00pm                               Quiet Time begins

Saturday, March 18, 2023
7:00am                                Team Breakfast
9:00am                                KCBS Judge Check-In Begins
10:00am                               KCBS Judge Check-In Ends
11:00am                                KCBS Judges Meeting
12:00pm                               Chicken Turn-in (Pro & Backyard)
12:30pm                               Ribs Turn-in (Pro & Backyard)
1:00pm                                 Pork Turn-in (Pro Only)
1:30pm                                 Brisket Turn-in (Pro Only)
4:00pm                                Awards

Afternoon/Evening              Team Departures*

*Entry fee includes both Friday and Saturday night stays. Teams requesting to arrive on Thursday will have an extra $25 fee. And, any/all teams are welcome to stay over Saturday evening and depart on Sunday.

Entry Fees

Per Entry Fee – $275.00

Prizes / Awards / Medals / Ribbons

$10,000.00 Cash Purse

Grand Champion – $2,000.00
Reserve Grand Champion – $1,000.00

Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork and Brisket
1st Place – $500.00 (Each Category)
2nd Place – $400.00 (Each Category)
3rd Place – $300.00 (Each Category)
4th Place – $200.00 (Each Category)
5th Place – $100.00 (Each Category)
6th-10th Place – $50.00 (Each Category)