Championship Rules

How does it work?

The Georgia BBQ Championship is the original statewide points race designed to recognize the best cooks competing in Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned events. To located qualifying contest, see our Contests page, or look for “GBC Qualifier” in the events listing section of the KCBS.US website.

The GBC points system is identical to the KCBS Team of the Year points race, with two important differences – the number of events that count for GBC is limited to five, and there are no “bonus points” awarded depending on the size of the contest. Teams will be awarded GBC points solely based on their finishing order by the following schedule:

Finish Order 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 >
GBC Pts. 250 225 200 175 150 140 130 120 110 100 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 50 45 40 35 30 25

The five (5) highest scores from participating contests for each team will be totaled to determine each team’s GBC points for the year. Overall, Chicken, Ribs, Pork and Brisket rankings are all calculated independently. In order to participate, teams must follow KCBS Rules & Regulations. KCBS membership is encouraged but not required to participate in the GBC, and there is never a fee to cook teams.


Teams may compete in as many participating contests as they choose, but to be elligible to win GBC prizes, a team must earn GBC points in a minimum of 5 events in one year.

In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as follows: First Tie Breaker will be the sum of points earned in first five GBC events cooked by each team for the season. Should there still be a tie, the Second Tie Breaker will be decided by the sum of the last five events each team cooks in the season. There will be no Third Tie Breaker. If teams remain tied, prize money for the affected places will be combined and divided evenly among the tied teams.


Team A cooks seven GBC Qualifying contests in the season. They place 2nd, 5th, 6th, 11th, 17th, 25th and 32nd in Chicken. This earns them GBC scores of 225, 150, 140, 95, 65, 25 and 25. Adding their top five scores results in 225 + 150 + 140 + 95 + 65 = 675 pts in the Chicken category for the year.

Team B only cooks the minimum five GBC contests, but they place 45th, 31st, 4th, 1st and 3rd  in Chicken. Their GBC scores are 25, 25, 175, 250 and 200 for a total of 675 points in Chicken.

Since the two teams are tied, we go to the First Tie Breaker, the sum of the first five events. Both teams still have 675 points, so we go to the Second Tie Breaker. The sum of the last five events for Team A  is 350, while Team B still has 675. Team B wins the tie.

Legal Disclaimer

The Organizers of the Georgia BBQ Championship (GBC) will not be held responsible for scoring errors or for misspelled team names or information provided by KCBS. The GBC is not responsible for contest cancellations. Prize money will be  distributed to the winners once all scores have been tallied and verified by the GBC Board of Directors. The GBC will host an annual event/banquet during which time the winner’s prize money and trophy will be presented. Teams need not be present to win.


2014 GBC Chicken Winners