This weekend is the Safeway National BBQ Battle right in the heart of America’s Capital. I am featuring this event today as I am competing in it with the Pork Barrel BBQ team. This event is awesome!!  Not only because it is in my neck of the woods, but because it features both KCBS and Memphis in May Competitions.

On Saturday we will be competing in the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) contest.  This contest consists of Beef Brisket, Chicken, Pork Ribs and Pork Butt. Saturday also includes a Rancher’s Reserve Beef Competition.  This runs simultaneously with the other competition, the only difference is that you use the Rancher’s Reserve Brisket that is supplied by the competition.  The winner of this receives guaranteed entry into the American Royal BBQ Contest in Kansas City, Missouri.

On Sunday is the Memphis in May (MIM) Contest.  This will determine the “National Pork Champion”.  There are three categories, Pork Shoulder, Ribs and Whole Hog. The difference in this competition is that you can only cook one of the categories.  There will be a Champion in each category and then the three champions scores are compared to determine the Grand Champion.  The winner of this contest receives guaranteed entry into the Memphis in Macy Contest next year.

Along with that is the Nations Best Sauce category.  All of the teams can compete in this competition.  Last year, Pork Barrel BBQ received Second Place overall with their original sauce.

This is going to be a great event.  Make sure to stop on by the Pork Barrel BBQ site and say hello.

It will be a ton of fun.

Have a great weekend!


Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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