Getting Here

Follow highway 57 North from Sturgeon Bay to the ferry dock at the northern tip of Door County Peninsula. Once on the Island, proceed to the Washington Island airport, on Airport road.

Ride The BBQ Train!
The Washington Island Ferry will be providing rides from the ferry dock on Washington Island to the BBQ at the airport on the BBQ Train. The train leaves the dock on the hour and leaves the BBQ on the half hour.

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KCBS sanctions and judges BBQ competitions across the U.S. and promotes barbeque as America’s cuisine. It is the largest society of barbeque enthusiasts in the world.


How does KCBS sanction a BBQ competition?
By providing the most respected form of judging and scoring in the world of BBQ, KCBS provides representatives for each contest and access to certified BBQ judges who have been trained in how to judge world-class barbeque, all while using a blind judging process that is fair and void of personal knowledge of teams being judged.

How many competitions does KCBS sanction?
KCBS sanctions nearly 300 events across the country, and sanctions contests in 44 states.

Does KCBS only judge Kansas City style BBQ?
No. KCBS judges are trained in a manner that allows them to appropriately judge ALL types of barbeque, from St. Louis and Texas styles to Memphis and Carolina styles. Our contests are held in every region of the country, and as a result receive the same fair, unbiased, trained judging process.

What categories does KCBS judge at contests?
KCBS conducts official competitions at each event in the following categories: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.

What are the qualities that a KCBS Certified Barbeque Judge looks for as he or she judges?
A KCBS judge evaluates barbeque in three different criteria: taste, appearance and texture.

Visit the KCBS website.

Dick Jepsen
Chairman, Registration

Mary Lynn Anderson

Jenny Hansen

Cathy Meader

Tom Nikolai


Thank you to all of our volunteers!