Event History and Charitable Proceeds

team memberOur Event History

The Best Dam Barbecue Challenge has humble beginnings as a 2005 local barbecue competition with just 11 competitors, but a mission to become the only place barbecue competitors and event guests would consider spending their Memorial Day Weekend…right here at beautiful Bicentennial Park in Boulder City, Nevada!  Well, something must have gone right because the size of the event more than doubled in its second year and almost tripled in its third!

The Best Dam Barbecue is held each Friday night and Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend — from 4pm to 10pm on Friday and from 9am to 6pm on Saturday.

As the size and popularity of the event grew to over 20,000 attendees, so did the prize purse – which now stands at $12,000 in cash and even more in prizes donated by local businesses and our generous sponsors.

More importantly than cash, prizes or trophies however…at least, to our competitors…is the fact that the Best Dam Barbecue has been designated by the State of Nevada as a “state championship” barbecue event, making it an automatic qualifier into the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue – also known as “The Jack”, as well as into the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Event.  Professional Competition Teams from around the world compete throughout the year at state championships just for the opportunity to have their names entered in a lottery, the winners of which are permitted to compete at The Jack…and we’re proud to be one of the championships they enter in hopes of qualifying for The Jack!

Charitable Proceeds From Our Event

Rotary Club of Boulder City LogoThe Best Dam Barbecue Challenge is the primary fundraising event for the Rotary Club of Boulder City. With a charter date of 1937, our club is the oldest Rotary Club in Southern Nevada and we are proud that our long tradition of community service is as strong today as it was when the club began.

Proceeds from the Best Dam Barbecue go to support a wide variety of local community organizations in Boulder City, for example:

Boulder City Emergency AidBoulder City Emergency Aid

Funding for Emergency Aid, Boulder City's local food bank and assistance office. Emergency Aid provides food and utility bill assistance to financially struggling residents and their families.

Boulder City Emergency AidLend A Hand of Boulder City

Funding for the continued operation of Lend A Hand of Boulder City. Lend A Hand is a local non-profit providing assistance to elderly residents of Boulder City, from in-home assistance, transportation to medical appointments or loans of medical equipment.

Boulder City Emergency AidEvery 15 Minutes

Funding for Every 15 Minutes, a bi-annual youth educational experience. This program educated our tenth and eleventh graders on the potential consequences of driving while impaired by re-enacting a fatal traffic collision that claims the lives of fellow students..

In addition, we are proud to provide support for the following community organizations and projects, as well as the efforts made on behalf of Rotary International:
  • American Legion
  • Boulder City High School Robotics
  • Boulder City Library's Literacy Project
  • Dan Stove Music contest
  • Four Way Speech Contest
  • Happy Feet
  • Hensel Ethics Essay Contest
  • Polio Plus
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
  • Southern Nevada Devil Pups
  • St. Jude's Ranch for Children
  • Teen Leadership Camp