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Great American Barbecue - Kansas City
We have a new location! You can now find us at:

Overland Park International Trade Center
(115th & Metcalf)
6800 W 115th St
Overland Park, KS 66211

 Keep checking our News Section below for new events and updates!


Feb 20, 2012

You have to see it to believe it!  Check out the most current cash and prizes for the Keeper of the Fire Contest in June:

2012 Prizes

“Keepers of the Fire” Open Barbecue Contest

Updated: February 20, 2012

Open Grand Champion - $5000, trophy, invitation to American Royal Invitational for 2012, and a chance for a drawing for Jack Daniels Invitational 2012.


Open Reserve Grand Champion - $2000 and a trophy


2nd Runner Up: $1000 and a trophy


Open Individual Meat Categories:

Pork, Pork Ribs, Brisket and Chicken

First Place - $450 and a trophy

Second Place - $300 and a ribbon

Third Place - $200 and a ribbon

Fourth Place - $100 and a ribbon

Fifth Place - $80 and a ribbon

Sixth Place - $70 and a ribbon

Seventh Place - $60 and a ribbon

Eight Place - $50 and a ribbon

Ninth Place - $40 and a ribbon

Tenth Place thru Fourteenth Place - $20 and  a ribbon

Fifteenth Place thru Twentieth Place - $10 and a ribbon

People’s Choice Contest:


First Place - $300, and a trophy


Second Place - $250 and a plaque


Third Place - $200 and a plaque


Fourth Place – $150 and a ribbon


Fifth Place - $100 and a ribbon


Sixth Place - $75 and a ribbon


Seventh Place - $50 and a ribbon


Eighth Place - $25 and a ribbon


Ninth Place - $25 and a ribbon


Tenth Place - $25 and a ribbon


May 9, 2011

 Hugh Gollogly

Hugh Gollogly

Gone way too soon, May 7th, 2011

Mar 17, 2011

The Great American Barbecue Contest, has openings for professional food vendors and expo vendors at this year’s festival. For more information please see the attached documents.

Food Court Vendor Information

Expo Vendor Information

Feb 11, 2011

The Great American Barbecue is now accepting applications for the 2011 Contest:

Download the application here

Feb 4, 2011

 Great American Barbecue Festival Announces Upgrades to New Overland Park Location

“New Central Location Could Draw up to 40,000 Families and Foodies from Across the Metro”
Sep 12, 2010
Aug 30, 2010

August 30, 2010 –


The Great American Barbecue Committee, Volunteers and Friends, plus a very GENEROUS cash and time donation from Honeywell resulted in the most successful school supply drive the Guadalupe Center has ever experienced.


The goal of the Center was to really make the older kids feel wanted and make sure they had everything possible to make their year back at school successful.  Every one thing that we can do to make them stay in school is a positive for our community and that child.  Focusing on the older kids will help create confidence and successful leaders in our community.


Honeywell had 12 volunteers show up to organize, fill and hand out backpacks.  The Great American Barbecue Committee also had 12 volunteers that day.  Plus, the outpouring of donations from our committee, volunteers, families and friends was outstanding.


We hoped to fully fill and fully equip 160 backpack in four different grade groupings, the magic is that we filled over 190 backpacks and were able to leave Guadalupe Center with a few extra supplies during the school year to help those students ongoing.




Jun 1, 2010

This year's post-contest survey is available on the website here: http://www.thinkbbq.com/appforms/view.php?id=7

Please fill out the survey to give us some ideas on how we can improve the GAB for next year!

Apr 30, 2010

Chef Will Wright

Gone too soon, April 29, 2010




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2011 BBQ Blast
2011 Judging
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