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ALL NEW FOR 2019! The Smokin’ With Smithfield National Barbecue Championship

Smithfield is thrilled to announce the launch of our new program, the Smokin’ With Smithfield National Barbecue Championship! This competition will show you where you rank against all competition barbecue teams across the country. The championship has two parts: a year-long points chase and a playoff between the top 24 teams from across the country to name one unified National Champion and the chance to win up to $50,000 cash.

In partnership with a neutral third party,, Smithfield has created a points system to rank competition barbecue teams, regardless of major sanctioning body. If you compete in any barbecue competitions sanctioned by Kansas City Barbeque Society, International Barbeque Cookers Association or Florida BBQ Association between the dates of September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019, you are eligible to earn points in the points chase.

Beginning in January 2019, you can come back to to view our leaderboard and find out where you rank among all teams across the country! See below for more details and register by completing the following registration form.

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Registration is free and is not required to be included in the leaderboard. Registration is required to be eligible to compete in the Smokin’ With Smithfield National Barbecue Championship Playoffs should you rank within the top 24. You must register on by no later than July 1, 2019 to be eligible for the playoffs and your shot at winning cash prizes up to $50,000.

At the end of the competition season, the top 24 teams who are registered will be invited to compete in the Smokin’ With Smithfield National Barbecue Championship playoffs in New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2019. Smithfield will contact each qualified team directly from positions 1 through 24 to confirm their commitment to compete in the Playoffs. Each team will be required to pay for their own accommodations and transportation to New Orleans for the single elimination playoffs. More details on the Playoffs will be provided soon!

Smithfield has worked with to develop a comprehensive scoring system that accounts for factors such as overall ranking and strength of field. Each team’s 12 highest scores from eligible sanctioned competitions will count toward a team’s overall ranking. A full explanation of the points system is provided in the Registration Terms and Conditions and FAQs.

The Head Cook will be considered the "captain" of the registered team and will be the primary point of contact throughout the competition season and Playoffs. You will be responsibility for communicating all team changes during the season to The Head Cook may not be changed after registration without the express consent of Smithfield.