Great Lenexa BBQ Battle

Friday, June 24, 2016
4:30 – 11 p.m.
Admission: $5

Saturday, June 25, 2016
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Awards at 5 p.m. (approx.)
Admission: Free

Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
87th Street Parkway & Lackman Road

Parking at City Hall and 95th & Lackman
Free shuttle service


Two Days of BBQ

The fun begins on Friday as 185 teams arrive with some of the most unique smoking contraptions imaginable. As the teams prepare their cooking sites, the Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park comes alive with entertainment and music. The real contest begins Saturday as the judging tent buzzes with activity preparing for the first barbeque samples to arrive at noon. Judges have the difficult task of identifying the best barbeque among seven meat categories: brisket, pork, ribs, sausage, chicken, whole animal and miscellaneous. This year also includes an added category of baked beans.


Parking restrictions map

2016 Team listings

Teams by head chef

Teams by booth number

Teams by name

History of the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle

C:\fakepath\bbq_heads.pngThe Great Lenexa BBQ Battle started in 1982 with 12 contestants and 12 judges. On April 27, 1984, Governor John Carlin declared the contest the official Kansas State Championship. Since then, the contest has grown to its current size of 185 contestants and 240 judges. The two-day event, which includes children's activities and live music, attracts cooks from all over the country, who compete for the coveted title of Grand Champion of the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle - The Kansas State Championship. Prizes and ribbons are awarded to the top 10 contestants in seven categories and the top three overall winners.

Navigate Around Closed Roads

A number of roads in Lenexa are closed for construction as part of the Kansas Department of Transportation's Johnson County Gateway Phase 2 Project. The nearest highway access to Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park is at I-435 and 87th Street. (It's less congested than I-35 and 87th Street, which is a main detour route for the closed I-35 and 95th Street interchange.) Here are suggested detours for closed roads:

All entrance and exit ramps to/from 95th Street and I-35

95th Street over I-35
OngoingMultiple options
I-435 west to I-35 north ramp

OngoingDetour via U.S. 69 north to access I-35 north.
I-35 south to I-435 east loop rampOngoingDetour via I-35 south to U.S. 69 south to I-435 east.
I-35 north to I-435 west loop rampCurrently closed; will reopen by 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 25Detour via 87th Street east to U.S. 69 south to I-435 west. (U-turns are not permitted on 87th Street.)
All lanes of I-35 north at I-435 (bridge barrier removal)Closed from 10 p.m. on Friday, June 24, to 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 25Detour via I-435 east to U.S. 69 north to access I-35 north.

Staff Contact

Lindsay Hart,, 913-477-7130.

I Like Lenexa appEarn points for checking in via the I Like Lenexa App during the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle.

Be a Food Vendor

View information on how to be a food vendor at the event.

2016 Sponsors


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