The Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) competition at Hot Q’s Cold Brews is scheduled for September 16, 2017. This is a KCBS sanctioned four meat Championship Master Series event. It will be a Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue (2018 draw)* and a 2018 American Royal Invitational Qualifier, as well as a Team of the Year (ToY) event for both KCBS and the California BBQ Association (CBBQA).

 *with more than 15 teams competing

Contest Basics

Contestants cook 4 meats:

• Chicken

• Pork Ribs

• Boston Pork Roast (Pork Shoulder/Boston Butt)

• Beef Brisket

Which may be cooked using heat sources of

• Wood

• Pellet

• Charcoal (Lump or Briquettes)

Entries are presented blindly to judges in (provided) 9″ x 9″ (Styrofoam to-go style) containers. Where they are judged on the following criteria:

• Appearance

• Tenderness

• Taste

The OFFICIAL rules for this contest can be found here (PDF).

If you think you have what it takes to compete against the best BBQ teams on the West Coast, now is the time to show what you’ve got for one of the largest prize purses offered for any open competition on the West Coast in 2017. If you have never competed before, reach out to us and we’ll do everything we can to help you get up to speed.

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2015 Grand Champion
Big B’s Down-N-Dirty BBQ
Pacifica, CA


2016 Grand Champion
Loot N’ Booty BBQ
Scottsdale, AZ



The 3rd Annual Hot Q’s & Cold Brews BBQ is pleased to announce one of the LARGEST PRIZE POOLS of any open BBQ contest in California!

At least $25,000 CASH payout in the KCBS State BBQ Championship!

A detailed payout schedule will be released closer to the event date.

A completed W-9 form is required for us to issue ANY contest payments. We will also have them on site so as not to delay payouts.

People’s Choice

Each year this event brings out a few thousand people from the local area. People’s Choice (PC) Teams will be able to vend to the public samples of their BBQ in trade for tasting tickets. PC Teams taste tickets are turned in and reimbursed at the end of the event. After the count of tickets is verified, we return a payback of 75% or $1.50 for every $2 face value ticket – at the end of the contest day/event (not days later) to the teams IN CASH! The other 25% goes directly to local non-profit organizations, which will be selling the tickets before and during the event. In past years, most PC teams made back their contest entry fee, and some a bit more.

Teams may begin serving (2-3 ounce) samples of their contest meats (in trade for tickets).  Teams can sell other non-comp items which have been cooked on their BBQ grill/smoker, but not sides (i.e. tacos, nachos, sliders, are ok) – sides of slaw or potato salad, even along side the aforementioned items are not acceptable. While we are not going to set your menu pricing, we do require that teams limit their menu items to no more than 3 tickets or $6 to the end customer, for any single item. If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

PC Teams will have the ability to sell non-food BBQ items (rubs, sauces, apparel, etc.) for no additional fee.


Contest Leftover Donation

For those not inclined to play in our People’s Choice contest, we will now take a que from our neighboring event, by asking non-PC teams for (a voluntary) leftover donation of ONE full pan (or TWO half pans) of portioned, ready to serve contest leftovers, after turn ins. This will then be sold “bake sale” style by local non-profits. Teams who choose this option will be rewarded with additional gifts that we have been told will be something special. Leave it to Feather Falls to come up with even more goodies!

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2015 & 2016 People’s Choice
Pork Daddy’s BBQ
Sacramento, CA

Security staff holding a "Top Secret" package

Award Winning
Brewery On site!


Goodie/Swag Bags

While we can’t guarantee what Feather Falls Casino will be giving out in their gift bags this year, we can tell you that past years have been epic, maybe even legendary. Nothing is off the table. In the past, this has included very generous match play coupons, great food discounts, free & discounted event shirts, aprons and even customized team gear. All come as part of your entry into this event.

Feedback from past contestants

We are humbled by the feedback that this event has brought fun back to BBQ contests. Here are some of their words:

  • Great competition!
  • This was another great location. I cannot wait for next year’s event.
  • Great contest
  • We had a great time!
  • First class event all the way
  • What a great event.
  • Congratulations on an outstanding 2nd Annual Hot Q’s & Cold Brews BBQ Championship. From our arrival to departure, everything was perfect: an amazing venue, large sites, convenient utilities, nice SWAG, great staff from Feather Falls, and you made sure we were taken care of -definitely planning on being back next year.
  • Just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time last weekend. The contest was, of course, perfection. The casino/hotel experience was top rate.
  • Another top notch contest!
  • Nice contest, I will be back.

Where in the world is this event?

For those coming from other areas of the West Coast:

Hot Q’s & Cold Brews is being held at Feather Falls Casino, Brewing, & Lodge –

3 Alverda Dr, Oroville, CA 95966 – click on the address to open in Google Maps

Which is approximately:

350 miles North of Bakersfield, CA

250 miles South of Medford, OR

130 miles West of Reno, NV

and 70 miles North of Sacramento, CA

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Where is this event in relation to Feather Falls Casino?

Looking at the map below, Hot Q’s & Cold Brews will primarily be in the parking lot (as shaded) directly below the indicated pin. The casino proper is at and surrounding the pin. please also note the general parking structure just above the casino building on the map (to the left of the pin), and the KOA off the bottom left. We will likely be using additional areas for public parking, and are planning to have shuttles running to and from the remote parking areas throughout the day. Teams and judges will be sent detailed instructions prior to the event.

New for 2017 –

Better RV options! Just steps away from our judging tent, is the #2 rated KOA in the entire country.  Teams will now be able to reserve a KOA space as their team site.  These sites will offer teams 50 amp service, cable, wifi, year-round pool access, 65′ deep spaces as well as 24/7 shuttle service to the front door of the casino. Those interested in this option will get 2 nights (Fri/Sat) at the RV park FOR THE SAME PRICE as the equivalent (largest) contest spaces. Talk about a free upgrade! We have a VERY limited number of these spaces available, and teams will select their desired space from the available sites when entering the contest. Additional nights (Thursday or Sunday) are available at reasonable rates. One caveat, teams will not be able to participate in People’s Choice from the RV park. Yes, the photo in the background is of the actual KOA park.

Here are just some of  the awards the KOA has gotten already in 2017 –

Founders Award – KOA’s highest service award, presented to KOA owners that achieve world class service scores from their camping guests.

President’s Award – Awarded to KOAs that meet exceptional quality standards and are recognized by their guests for outstanding service.

Here’s the KOA website for more info –

and the KOA Site map –

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