On the competition side, ribs are front and center. All the judging is done Kansas City BBQ style. As a judge the previous two years I can tell you that this competition is taken very seriously. Everything is double blind and they expect judges to adhere to a code of ethics to prevent any influence from the competitors. As a result it features some of the best rib amateur and semi-professional bbq chefs around the region.
In addition to the ribs is a chicken competition that is a little less defined, allowing cooks to do a wide variety of chicken dishes. New last year, and returning this year, is the people’s choice award, which really opens the creative gates allowing the competitors to create anything they want for public sampling and voting. Last year we saw everything from the creative pickled watermelon to simple mac and cheese.
From previous experience expect the people’s choice samples to start showing up between 12-2, usually just before, or in between chicken and rib competition turn in times. In addition to the bbq competition, B Street features live music, food trucks, craft beer, and a raffle.
The big part of the event however is the work they do for the American Cancer Society. Last year B Street raised over $11,000 through competition fees, raffle tickets, and people’s choice ticket sales.
“The B. Street Rib Off is here again and we, at the American Cancer Society, are so grateful for the cooking teams who continue to support our mission to finish the fight against cancer. I would like to encourage everyone to come out and fill up on some delicious food while supporting the American Cancer Society’s mission of helping people stay well, get well, finding cures and fighting back!” said Sherri Jones, American Cancer Society – Director, Community Engagement.
B Street was founded in 2008 by as a friendly competition between friends Jason Brown, Justin Hinton and Matthew Ross, as a friendly competition. It has grown every year since then, becoming one of the largest BBQ competitions in the area.
There are still a couple of competition spaces still open, if you would like to compete you can register here.