Original SD BBQ Championships to be held during Wheel Jam

South Dakota Department of Agriculture
Farm Forum

HURON, S.D. – Over $14,000 in prize money will be given away during the Original SD BBQ Championships June 2-3 on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

The Original SD BBQ Championships began in 2007 and is a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event. In 2016, 44 teams competed in the tenth year of KCBS competition. The grand champion of the contest receives $2,500 and an invite to compete at the prestigious American Royal in Kansas City, MO.

Teams are being sought for the Backyard BBQ People’s Choice Contest and the F.A.T. Friday Chili Challenge that are part of the Original SD BBQ Championships. The entry fee is $20 for each competition. In the Backyard BBQ, four different meats are provided to contestants by event sponsors. The meats are pork butt sponsored by South Dakota Pork Producers Council, turkey breast sponsored by Dakota Provisions/ Wyshbone Market, brisket sponsored by South Dakota Beef Industry Council and boneless leg of lamb roast sponsored by American Lamb Board, South Dakota Sheep Growers Association, Kingsbury Sheep Auxiliary, DeSmet Farm Mutual Insurance, Bill and Roxana Poppen and Lynn and Dianne Perry.

“The Backyard BBQ People’s Choice Contest has two methods of judging, people’s choice and blind judging with cash prizes ranging from $25 to $150 given in each division,” said assistant State Fair manager Candi Briley. “Businesses, individuals and groups are encouraged to participate in the F.A.T. Friday Chili Challenge. Awards are handed out to first through third places in both the people’s choice category and the judged category. New this year, the overall chili winner in the judged chili category will be an automatic qualifier to the World Open Chili Championship in Orange Beach, Alabama.”

People’s choice tasting for the chili challenge is on Friday, June 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. People’s choice tasting for the Backyard BBQ is Saturday, June 3, beginning at 2 p.m. There is a small fee to participate in the tastings.

The event is held in conjunction with Wheel Jam, which features trucks, cars and motorcycles. For more information, call the State Fair Office at 605-353-7340 or go to www.sdbbqchampionships.com.