The WV Coalfields Cookoff BBQ State Championships is a KCBS Sanctioned competition. Bring your best BBQ skills and compete in backyard and pro pitmaster cooking categories and win over $6000 in cash and prizes.
KCBS Pro Pitmasters
In addition to accumulating points for KCBS end of year awards, participating KCBS BBQ Pro Teams compete to win cash prizes from the City of Welch and our sponsors. The highest number of points accumulated in the KCBS contest are calculated and a Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, and first through fifth place in each meat type will receive awards and cash prizes. The winner of this contest will be invited to go to the American Royal and will be entered in the Jack Daniels contest lotto. Teams will be judged by KCBS certified judges in the following categories, brisket, ribs, pork, and chicken. Each team will be required to cook one pork butt provided by the City of Welch.
Grand Champion: $ 1000
Reserve Grand Champion: $ 500
Pro Pitmaster Category Prizes: (Brisket, Ribs, Pork, and Chicken) (Winners will receive a certificate and cash!)
First Place $200
Second Place: $150
Third Place: $100
Fourth Place: $75
Fifth Place: $50
Not a Pro Pitmaster yet? Add some sizzle and spice to your backyard BBQ skills by trying your hand at our “Backyard” Competition. Overall backyard prizes will be based on the chicken and ribs category. Teams may also compete in the optional backyard pork category. All Categories will receive prizes and certificates! The three top overall winners will receive cash, trophies and prizes! Backyard category winners will receive certificates and prizes for first through third place donated from local businesses. Additionally, we request that each team cook one pork butt provided by the City of Welch to be entered into People’s Choice category.
Backyard Category Prizes: Ribs, Chicken and Pork (Winners will receive a certificate and cash!)
First Place $100
Second Place: $80
Third Place: $60
Fourth Place: $40
Fifth Place: $20
Overall Backyard Prizes (Based on overall scores in the chicken, pork and ribs category).
Backyard Champion: $300
Backyard Reserve Champion: $150
Additionally... we request that each team in the pro pitmaster and backyard category cook one pork butt provided by the City of Welch to be entered into People’s Choice tasting. In addition to tasty food: creativity, fun, and enjoyment, winners will get extra “BBQ points” with our attendees and could win a $100 prize and trophy!
All competitors must be pre-registered by June 1, 2022.
BBQ Competition Entry Fees:
The early bird gets a discount registration fee!
Early Bird Pro Pitmaster Category: $200 (After May 1 - $225)
Early Backyard Category: $100 (After May 1 - $125)
All categories are subject to KCBS Pro and Backyard Rules. The event will be held rain or shine. Refunds will not be offered.
One 15 amp electric plug will be provided in the KCBS pro category to each cook site. Additional outlets and amperage are available for a fee for all teams (pro and backyard). See our electrical order form for information. Ice is available for delivery to each cook site and will be available onsite for purchase.