World Series of Barbecue returns to the Kansas Speedway in annual fundraiser for American Royal

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The American Royal’s World Series of Barbecue returns to the Kansas Speedway this weekend.

The event is open to the public Friday and Saturday. A ticket is required.

Over the weekend, hundreds of pitmasters from 38 U.S. states and nine foreign countries – including as far away as Australia – will compete in two separate levels of competition to earn the title of barbecue champion. The primary categories for judging include brisket, pork, pork ribs and chicken. This year, the World Series has added a pork loin and turkey competition. Sides and desserts are also judged.

Food from the competitors is not available to the public. The event features a Taste of KC Barbecue option for guests who want to chow down. Eight restaurants from the Kansas City area participate in the Taste portion of the festival. Other non-barbecue food vendors will be at the Speedway as well. Both Friday and Saturday feature live entertainment, a barbecue marketplace and other activities for attendees.

In its 39th year, the competition is the biggest annual fundraiser for the American Royal. The nonprofit organization promotes agriculture by providing scholarships, educational experiences and competitions for children and adults.

The American Royal is in the process of designing, fundraising and building a new facility in Kansas City, Kansas.

During the World Series, Tuffy Stone, Tootsie Tomanetz and Charlie Vergos will be inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame.

For tickets and information on the World Series of BBQ, click here.

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