Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle competitors lining the shore of Rose's Pond
The Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle in Lenexa, Kansas is the official Kansas State BBQ Championship. Nearly 200 teams compete on Friday and Saturday. Friday evening is a big party with live music and activities though the park.
If you don't know anyone competing in the Lenexa BBQ Battle and aren't comfortable inviting yourself into the parties, the best time to attend the event is early on Saturday afternoon. There is free BBQ sampling at mid-day on Saturday, and commercial BBQ is available on both days.
On Friday evening an outgoing person may make friends and find themselves invited to sample Que and enter parties. I'm not that outgoing, but when I have attended the competition, I have been accompanied by a long time Lenexa resident who knows many contestants and got us into a number of the parties. We sampled ribs, chicken, pork, beef, goose and side dishes.
The Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle started in 1982 with twelve contestants and twelve judges. The contest is always held on the fourth Saturday of June each year.
The BBQ contest is held at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park near 87th & Lackman Road.
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