California Kitchen BBQ Competition

California State fair Logo with steak and rosemary as the background.

Get ready for a fiery showdown at the California State Fair BBQ Competition! Grill masters from across the state will ignite their grills and battle it out for the title of 2024 BBQ champion, as they showcase their sizzling skills and signature flavors under the scorching sun. Join us for a smokin’ hot event filled with mouthwatering barbecue and a whole lot of flame-kissed fun! Space is limited, apply today!



Applications are Closed for 2024

No entry fees in 2024!


The California State Fair Farm Presented By Save Mart

Judging & Awards at the Cooking Theatre, Bldg B.

Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815

2024 FORMAT:

Competitors will prepare 6 racks of bone-in pork ribs to be judged by a team of qualified judges and fair guests.


Champion………………… State Fair Rosette & Apron

2nd Place.……………….…..State Fair Rosette & Apron

3rd Place.……………………State Fair Rosette & Apron

People’s Choice Award…. State Fair Rosette



Ties are broken by high scores in Taste, then Tenderness/Texture, then Appearance.

Judging Criteria Points
Taste 30 points
Tenderness/Texture 20 points
Appearance 20 points
Moisture 20 points
Overall Impression 10 points
Date/Times: Saturday, July 13, 2024
10:00 am BBQ in the Farm Begins
1:00 pm Entries delivered to the Cooking Theatre
1:30 pm Turn in for Judges
2:00 pm People’s Choice judging begins
3:30 pm Awards Ceremony

Applications Closed for 2024

Questions, email