BBQ Cook-Offs in Iowa


Where to Find BBQ Cook-Off Information About Iowa Events

Barbeque Cook-Offs are gaining in popularity across the United States. One of the states that really raises BBQ Cook-Offs to a new high is the state of Iowa. This state is the home of several BBQ Cook-Offs that are held throughout the year. They even have their own Barbeque Society, the Iowa Barbeque Society. This society hosts a website that highlights the latest BBQ news and events, and it is a great place to find a BBQ Cook-Off to enter, or to just visit as a patron. Their website is located at


If you would like to enter or attend a BBQ Festival, and will be in the state of Iowa, then you may want to try to attend the annual BBQ’Loo and Blues Too event. It is usually held during the middle of July each year in Downtown Waterloo, Iowa. This is a KCBS certified competition, and it offers contestants the chances at a good sized purse.

There will be six individual categories that your team can enter including beef brisket, chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder/Boston butt, side dishes, and desserts. It is $40 to enter each of these categories, or $150 if you want to enter all six categories. If you want to enter the chili competition in addition to, or instead of the BBQ competition, then the entry price is $15.00 for this category. Each entrant is given a standard booth that is 20 feet by 20 feet. If you will need more space or electricity you will need to submit the following fees: for a 20 foot by 30 foot space the fee is $15.00, if you want a 20 foot by 40 foot space than the extra fee is $25.00, and if you need an electrical hookup the fee will be $25.00.

Registration for this event will need to be in before June 30 of each year, however, depending on each year’s schedule this date may be altered. Prizes will include Barbeque Championship Prizes including Grand Championship, Reserve Grand Champion, and honorable Mention Champion, Category Winners, Dessert and Side Dish Awards, and Crowd Pleasin’ Chili Competition Prizes. For more information about this BBQ Cook-Off you can visit the Main Street Waterloo Downtown Cultural and Entertainment District Website at, or contact them at Main Street waterloo, 329 E. 4th Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50703.


Because BBQ Cook-Offs aren’t always annual events, and because new BBQ Cook-Offs are created each year, it is not practical to list past events, as there is no guarantee that these events will be held again. To find current BBQ Cook-Off events you will need to keep your eyes open for more BBQ Cook-Off opportunities online. One way to do this is to sign up for BBQ Competition Newsletters such as the North Iowa Up in Smoke Newsletter. You can sign up for this newsletter at You can also check out the website of annual BBQ Cook-Off competitions that you know about and use the information on their site to schedule events that you want to attend or participate in. In some cases these sights even provide information about other cook-off events that are coming up. Finally you can watch televised coverage of BBQ Cook-Offs to learn about annual BBQ Cook-Offs in various states. The Food Network produces many Cook-Off programs that are presented on the weekends.


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