GBC Summer Showdown
When: July 30th-31st, 2021
Where: Cumming Fairgrounds
235 Castleberry Rd, Cumming, GA 30040
This contest is a KCBS sanctioned contest (as well as GBC qualifier) and has Professional, Backyard, and Kids Que divisions. The event will also feature a double SCA steak comp on Friday evening. (Click here to register)
Please follow this link HERE to enter your information for our judges' coordinator to select judges from.
Kids Que competition (meat is ground beef and will be provided for cooks) will be on Saturday (31st) with a turn-in time of 2 p.m. and they will be given grills to cook on. Age groups will be 6-10, and 11-15. If not enough enter then we will combine groups. If you are wanting to register a standalone KQ team, or have already submitted a Pro/BY application, just email me at and I'll get the pertinent details and add them to the list.
Professional-- 12pm (Chicken), 12:30pm (Pork Ribs), 1pm (Pork Butt), 1:30pm (Brisket)
Backyard-- 12pm (Chicken), 12:30pm (Pork Ribs), 1pm (Pork Butt)
Kids Que-- 2:00pm for both age groups, kids will share grills two to a grill (Chef's Choice)
Cooking space size:
Cook spaces are generic 20'x40' -ish size, but we can accommodate any rig/setup within reason.
Kids Que cooks will be provided grills and space to cook
Arrival & departure:
Teams may arrive from Thursday at 9 a.m. to Friday beginning at 9 a.m., or Saturday as necessary, and there is an extended stay through Sunday if you need to leave out Sunday morning. (This will differ in November as we only have access to the Fairgrounds from Thursday to Saturday evening for Throwdown).
Meat inspection & turn-in boxes:
Meat inspection will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday (30th) until 4 p.m. (or later if necessary). Turn-in boxes will be provided to teams after arrival.
There will be a cooks' meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening in Horton Hall.
This contest will have a set prize payout and is reflected below.
Pro Purse Total: $10,000
Grand Champion: $2,000
Reserve Grand Champion: $1,500
Each category (of four) will pay the following.
Backyard Prize Total: $3,000
Grand Champion: $500
Reserve Grand Champion: $250
Each category (of three) will pay the following.
Kids Que Prize Total: $200
Each age group winner (of two) will be awarded $100
Professional $350 includes power & water access
Backyard $200 includes power & water access
Kids Que FREE
PLEASE NOTE! NO REGISTRATION FEE, OR DEPOSIT, WILL BE REFUNDED AFTER THE DEADLINE TO REQUEST ONE HAS PASSED. THE DEADLINE TO REQUEST A REFUND IS 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EVENT DATE. ALL REQUESTS AFTER THAT DATE MAY HAVE THEIR DEPOSIT/REGISTRATION FEE FORWARDED TO THE NEXT YEAR'S CONTEST FEE, BUT NO REFUND IS GIVEN AFTER THE DEADLINE.
Payment can be made by check, or by credit/debit card. Entrants can also pay $50 deposit upfront to register and save their spot, with a follow-up invoice that is due no later than July 15th, 2021. Anyone wishing to make credit/debit card payments will incur a small convenience charge at checkout.
Those totals with fees included are $358.18 (Pro), $204.81 (BY), and $51.43 (deposit).
If mailing a check, please make sure to list your team name on the check, or include a short note about what the check covers.
Mail check payments to:
Georgia BBQ Championship
4103 C Rogers Rd
Gainesville, GA 30506
Contest Organizer: Steven Ellis
Judges' Coordinator: Rachel Harper
Want a paper application?
Click here to download & print a PDF application.
Ready to enter? Teams, click below!