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Buckeye Barbecue Battle Rules

2019 Buckeye Barbecue Battle Rules and Regulations

This is a grilling competition between a maximum of 15 teams, pros or Joes. Teams are to be no more than 4 individuals. The suggested menu is themed "tailgate" and within that "theme" anything goes from mild to wild. The competition will be limited to meats and sides prepared on site, placed on the grill no earlier than 9:30A.M. and ready to be judged at 12:30 P.M sharp. No pre-cooked meats are allowed but marinated meats or pre prepared side garnishes are allowed. A limited number of grills (gas and Big Green Eggs) will be available to use and may be reserved on a first come first served basis so sign up early. If you have a grill you would like to use, Specialty Gas will provide propane or charcoal if needed. In order to provide the judges with hot dishes, the start times will be staggered. Group 1 will start at 9:30 and present their plates at 12:30. Group 2 will start at 9:45 and present their plates at 12:45. Group 3 will start at 10:00 and present their plates at 1:00.


Recipes will be plated in (2) 9X9 take out containers. An example can be picked up at the store for a practice run if needed 9-6 Monday-Friday or Saturday 9-5. Plating is an important part of the judging so presentation will be very important, be creative. Keep in mind that "tailgate" food is finger food so portion accordingly. There will be no less than 8 judges so make sure there are enough examples of your recipe to share between them. The top container will have a playing card taped face down. This card is how the judging sheet will recognize your team. The judges will be selected to be as impartial as possible. No judge is allowed to be affiliated with any team in any way and will not be allowed to be near the cooking teams at any time.

Best decorated booth/team spirit award:

The name says it all. An award will be given to the team that has the best decorated booth and best team spirit as decided by organizers of the event.

People’s choice award:

Tickets will be given to spectators, family and friends of all teams in attendance. Teams are encouraged to bribe and or coerce spectators with food or other means to collect as many fans as possible to win this coveted award. We encourage you to pass out samples of the dishes that you are preparing and share recipes and cooking techniques with spectators for the love of the grill.

The day's schedule:

Cooking starts at 9:30am, Judging starts at 12:30pm,  Announcements at 2:00pm,  Raffle drawing starts at 2:30pm, 2019 Buckeye Barbeque Battle winners announced at 3:00pm (all times approximate) 

To register please fill out the form below. For questions about the battle or to request a grill please email us at

2019 Buckeye Barbecue Battle Registration