Conquer the Grill

Conquer the Grill BBQ Contest

Friday & Saturday, June 2 & 3, 2017


Hello and welcome to the 2nd Annual Conquer the Grill BBQ contest presented by Shell.  The contest will be held in Coudersport, PA.  The contest is an Official Sanctioned Event of the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS).  It will be  held at the Coudersport Jr/Sr High School in conjunction with the God's Country Marathon finish line festivities.  This event is being sponsored by the Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA). 

Our event has been proclaimed an official state championship event for Pennsylvania by Governor Tom Wolf!

Registered Teams

Team Name                                  City                         State


Behind BBQ     Spencerport  NY 
 Three Dogs BBQ Renfew 


 Red Valley BBQ  Oil City


 Mort's Meat Mafia Coudersport     PA 
 Butt Up or Shut Up Erie  PA 
BNB K-Town BBQ  Ridgway  PA 
T & B BBQ  Salamanca NY 
Big Hammer BBQ  Red Lion 


 Smokin' Wead BBQ Beaver Dams  NY 
Peace, Love, & Smokeiness  Middleburgh Heights  OH 
HawkeyeBBQ  Buffalo      NY 
Shack's Q  Waynesboro  PA 

Cooking will begin Friday, June 2, continuing overnight, with contestants turning in their final products late Saturday morning.  Teams are required to cook four meats (chicken, pork ribs, pork butt and brisket) over wood, wood pellets or charcoal.  Judges will be on hand to score the entries in accordance with KCBS rules and regulations. If you are new to KCBS BBQ Competitions, check out these resources to get you started! 

All teams are eligible to participate in the competition.  You do not need to be a member of KCBS.

Event Details

KCBS Official Rules & Regulations

Team Registration is Now Open!

Click Here for Judges Application 

Frequently Asked Questions

Vendor Application

Event Details

Below is the basic information required to register for the event.  Further information will be forth coming.  Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation and a participant packet. 

  • Entry Fee: $225
  • Each space is 20' X 20' 
  • Electric Service is provided (teams must provide their own extension cords up to 100ft)
  • Water Service is provided (teams must provide their own hose up to 100ft)
  • Only 25 entries will be accepted
  • Please call Joe Ayers with any questions or comments: (814) 558-9739

Event Schedule

Friday, June 2, 2017

6:00 AM - 12 Noon - BBQ Competitor Load-in time

12 Noon - 5:00 PM - BBQ Competitor Set up and Meat Inspection

5:00 PM - BBQ Cooks Meeting - Cooking can begin after meeting.

11:00 PM - 7:00 AM - Quiet Hours

Saturday, June 3, 2017

9:00 AM to 10:30 Am - Live Music (Awards Tent)

11:00 AM - BBQ Judges Meeting  (Judges Tent)

11:40 AM - BBQ Judges in Place (Judges Tent)

12:00 PM - Live Music (Awards Tent)

11:55 AM - Chicken Category is turned in and judging begins

12:25 PM - Pork Rib Category is turned in and judging begins

12:55 PM - Pork Category is turned in and judging begins

1:25 PM - Brisket Category is turned in and judging begins

3:00 PM - Conquer the Grill Barbeque Award Ceremony (Awards Tent)

5:00 PM - Post- Race/BBQ Party!  - Live Music (Hotel Crittenden)

Cash Prizes

Grand Champion: $500.00

Reserve Champion: $250.00

KCBS Categories - Chicken, ribs, pork and brisket categories each as follows:

1st place: $200.00 

2nd place: $150.00

3rd place: $100.00

4th place: $75.00

5th place: $50.00

Total Cash Amount: $3,050.00


Team Registration

Teams may register online or by downloading the registration form.

 BBQ Register Online

Tips and Resources for Teams New to KCBS Competitions

Your First Cookoff

KCBS Tips for New Cooks

KCBS Official Rules and Regulations - Judging Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a member of KCBS to enter my team?  No, the competition is open to everyone.

How much does it cost to enter my team?  Team entry fee is $225.

How many people can be on my team?  As many as you want!  Each team must have a chief cook and can have as many assistants as desired.

What kinds of meat will my team need to cook?  There are four KCBS meat categories: 

  • Chicken:  Includes Cornish Game Hen and Kosher Chicken
  • Pork Ribs:  Ribs shall include the bone.  Country Style Ribs are prohibited.
  • Pork:  Pork is defined as Boston Butt, Boston Roast, Picnic and/or Whole Shoulder, weighing a minimum of 4 lbs. at the time of inspection.  After trimming, pork shall be cooked whole (bone in or bone out), however, once cooked, it may be separated and returned to the cooker at the cook's discretion.  It may be turned in chopped, pulled, chunked, sliced, or any combination of those.
  • Beef Brisket:  May be whole brisket, flat, or point.  Corned beef is not allowed.

Is meat provided or does my team need to provide it?  Your team must provide your own meat.  Meat will be inspected by the KCBS-approved meat inspector.

What heat sources can I use?  Fires must be of wood, wood pellets or charcoal.  Gas and electric heat sources are not permitted.

Does my BBQ have to be prepared in the traditional Kansas City style?  Nope!  Make it the way you like it!

How many teams will be competing?  Team registration is ongoing.  It will be capped at 25 teams.

Who will be judging the competition?  Our judging team consists of certified KCBS BBQ judges and, based on the number of teams that enter, may include uncertified judges trained by KCBS certified judges prior to judging.

What can my team win?  You have opportunities to win cash prizes by being named Grand Champion ($500), Reserve Champion ($250), and by placing in the top 5 in any or all of the 4 meat categories (chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.)  1st in each category wins $200; 2nd wins $150; 3rd wins $100; 4th wins $75; 5th wins $50.

Will there be BBQ food available for sale to the public?  Yes!  4 of the teams competing will be vending their food to the public:  E & D Prok Pullers, Behind BBQ, Mobile Fresca and Hawkeye BBQ.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions or need more information?   Contact Joe Ayers at 814-558-9739.