The American Royal is pleased to announce that 2015 will be a record-breaking year for number of teams participating in the World Series of Barbecue. The final count is 618 teams (representing 39 states and 3 countries), up 56 total teams from 2014. The large number of competitors makes the event by far the world’s largest barbecue competition.

The American Royal Barbecue began 36 years ago in the parking lot of the Golden Ox Restaurant, and the competition has grown to become the world’s largest event of its kind. Competition is held in four categories: Brisket, Pork Ribs, Pork (Shoulder or Boston Butt), Chicken – or contestants can enter all four to compete for the title of Grand Champion. The American Royal draws nearly 50,000 patrons and competitors from all over the world and is considered the season’s grand finale for teams in the competitive barbecue circuit.

This year’s event will take place for the first time at Arrowhead Stadium from October 1-4, 2015, and brings together world-renowned pitmasters and backyard barbecue enthusiasts to compete for the title of best barbecue. The new venue affords additional space for the growing number of participants as well as expanded peripheral barbecue activities.

In addition to the barbecue, the 90th Annual American Royal Parade will also now take place at the Truman Sports Complex on Saturday morning. The enhanced experience at the Royal will feature exciting new amenities with the move to Arrowhead, including the Cowtown Family Fun Fest presented by Cerner on Saturday, barbecue food options from Zarda Bar-B-Q, Plowboys BBQ and others, and other festivities in the Budweiser Pavilion throughout the weekend, including a live music stage Friday and Saturday night featuring eclectic regional bands and featuring country music icons, Big & Rich.

Several ticket options are available for purchase at Single day tickets are available for $15, and weekend tickets are $25. Tickets for the VIP Pit presented by Tickets For Less are available at VIP tickets include the best access to the live music stage and all-inclusive food and beverage.

Source: American Royal Barbecue