This past weekend I had the privilege of helping out at theAmerican Royal BBQ competition in Kansas City. They call this event the WorldSeries of BBQ and with good reason. On Friday the best of the best square offin the American Royal Invitational. This is where grand champs compete (onlyabout 50 teams) for what just about all que masters think to be the mostprestige’s honor in all BBQ.
Saturday is full of action! Inside there’s a barbecue expowith cooking demos all day, sauces, pits and even a mechanical bull for kids toride. Outside is all smoking. About 600 teams cooking chicken, ribs, pork andbrisket. Early Saturday afternoon its turn in time for the invitational contestand most of those teams are doing double duty. What I mean when I say this isthat most of the teams competing in the Invitational also stay and compete atthe open. The American Royal Open is just that open to all who are up to thechallenge of going up against nearly 600 other pit masters. They even have a Jr.Contest for up and coming BBQ masters.
If you love BBQ the American Royal is a must go. From theparties starting Friday night to the great food everywhere to the expo there istruly something for everyone from 6-106. Now I was there on official duty most of the time however I was able toescape and walk around a bit. I even meet some legends in the barbecueworld. Oh yah I almost forgot the foodwas awesome!