Professional Barbecue Team Information

Competitive Team Space Information

team memberThe 2014 Challenge is Sold Out!

We're pleased to announce that the 2014 Best Dam Barbecue Challenge is now SOLD OUT, although we are still accepting applications for the waiting list.

A list of our confirmed teams for this year's event can be found by clicking here.

As is our long-standing tradition, the Best Dam Barbecue Challenge will be held on Memorial Day Weekend, which is May 23rd and 24th, 2014.

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.

Our 10th annual event will be held in the historic Bicentennial Park of Boulder City, Nevada. 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.

With a total of 37 team spaces available, areas are assigned on a first-come-first-reserved basis and specific space assignments will be made at load-in. For a map of our event, please click here.

If you would like to submit your application for the waiting list, please download it by CLICKING HERE!

Cash Prize and Award Distribution

Our 2014 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, we are keeping the prize purse at $12,000 in 2014!

Our Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion and Individual Meat Competition prizes will remain the same as they were in 2013 and we will again pay 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!