Professional Barbecue Team Information

Competitive Team Space Information

team memberTeam Registraton is NOW OPEN!

As is our long-standing tradition, the Best Dam Barbecue Challenge will be held on Memorial Day Weekend, which is May 27th and 28th, 2016.

The Cook's Meeting will be at 5:00pm on Friday. Our event is open to the public from 4:00pm – 10:00pm on Friday and from 9:00am – 6:00pm on Saturday.

This annual event is held in the historic Bicentennial Park of Boulder City, Nevada. More than half of our team spaces will once again be located on both sides of Colorado Avenue, all of which are green grass adjacent and create a great atmosphere for our competitors, vendors, sponsors and guests. Additional team spaces will be located on California Street and in the parking lot adjacent to the turn-in location.

Generators (both in-vehicle and free standing) WILL be permitted at the Best Dam Barbecue Challenge this year, provided that on free standing generators are that they must operate at 90 decibels or below, be surrounded by a (small garden) fence to avoid a trip hazard and be located a minimum of 20’ from the cooking source/flame.

The City of Boulder City is no longer providing the use of ‘spider boxes’ free of charge, so we must now pass along a $25 fee for each 20 amp electrical outlet requested. Please note: electricity is NOT AVAILABLE in the southern-most side of Area 1 or anywhere in Area 4.

The City of Boulder City is also now requiring all food vendor and competition booths to be equipped with a 5 lb. ABC fire extinguisher. Your fire extinguishers must be in plain view and easily accessible, in case of emergency. Smoking within vendor spaces is prohibited. Boulder City Fire Department will conduct inspections prior to and during the event to ensure compliance.

With a total of 41 team spaces available, areas are assigned on a first-come-first-reserved basis and specific space assignments will be made at load-in.

We are now accepting Team Registration Forms, which are available for download by CLICKING HERE.

Cash Prize and Award Distribution

Our 2015 Prize Purse Will Remain at $12,000!

team memberYes, that's right -- we increased the prize purse from $10,000 to $12,000 for the first time in 2013 and sold out of competition spaces so quickly that year and in 2014, that we are keeping the prize purse at $12,000 in 2015!

Our Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion and Individual Meat Competition prizes will remain the same as they were last year and we will again pay cash prizes through Twelfth Place.

This year's cash prizes will be distribtured as detailed below:

Grand Champion Prize

  • $2,500 Cash Prize
  • Grand Champion Trophy
  • Qualification into The Jack
  • Qualification into The American Royal

Reserve Grand Champion Prize

  • $1,500 Cash Prize
  • Reserve Grand Champion Trophy

Individual Meat Competition Prizes

  • First Place: $350 and First Place Trophy
  • Second Place: $250 and medal
  • Third Place: $225 and medal
  • Fourth Place: $200 and medal
  • Fifth Place: $175 and medal
  • Sixth Place: $150
  • Seventh Place: $125
  • Eighth Place: $125
  • Ninth Place: $100
  • Tenth Place: $100
  • Eleventh Place: $100
  • Twelfth Place: $100

Qualification for The Jack & American Royal

team memberAnd as if the cash prizes, trophies, medals and "the walk" weren’t enough, the Best Dam Barbecue is proud to have a “Nevada State Barbecue Championship” proclamation, making it an automatic qualifier for the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue – also known as “The Jack”, as well as into the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Event.

We will provide our Grand Champion with all required information and verification for both contests.

Contest Representatives & KCBS Judges

Our KCBS contest representatives this year are Kelly and Kathleen McIntosh. They have assisted with our event from its very first year and always help us to make it a great experience for our competitors and judges.  Also, because we believe strongly that a quality competition requires the highest standards in judging, we have been able to achieve a 100% KCBS Certified Barbecue Judge ranking at all of our contests in recent years.

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, which we have detailed out on our Event History & Proceeds page here!