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Rules & Information

Below are some of the most frequently asked rule questions but all the rules are included in the 2021 Humble BBQ Cook-Off Rules Packet which must have the initials and signature of the head cook. Please read through the entire Rule Packet before signing.

BBQ Cook-Off Rules Packet & KCBS Covid Procedures

Humble BBQ Cook-Off is sanctioned by The Kansas City Barbecue Society and we will follow the KCBS Rules.

Cook-Off Committee:
- VP over Cook-Off - Tom Huberty - thuberty@humblerodeo.com
- Chairman - Stan McWilliams - smcwilliams@ymail.com
- Cooks Captain - Sabrina Sosa - sabrina@humblerodeo.com
- Judges Captain - Julie Meeks - juliemeeks@humblerodeo.com


  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021 – Professional Tent Companies and Port-O-Lets ONLY! Gates will open at 12:00 PM for professional tent companies and for the Waste Management to deliver Port-O-Lets. Gates will be locked at 8:00 PM.
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021 • 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM – cooking teams may begin arriving and setting up their locations.
  • Friday, January 29, 2021 • 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM – cooking teams may work on setting up their locations. At 2:00 PM, all vehicles need to be moved off the parking lot and out of fire lanes because gates will be closed for the public to begin entering.
  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 • 7:00 AM until 12:00 PM – cooking teams will be allowed to restock their cooking areas and will be allowed to drive back in with supplies. At 12:00 Noon, the gates will be shut and locked and NO MORE ALCOHOL can be brought in from that time on.
  • Sunday, January 31, 2021 • 7:00 AM until 12:00 PM – Tear down begins. Cooking teams and tent companies must have all items gone from the BBQ Cook-Off area by 12:00 PM.


Registration for the 2021 Humble BBQ Cook-Off has begun!

Registration forms now online.


  • Each team will be allocated approximately 30' x 40' space(s). Easements are not offered for sale.
  • Props, trailers, motor homes, tents (including water barrels), etc… covering any other part of cook team equipment MUST NOT EXCEED THE BOUNDARIES OF THE ASSIGNED SPACE. NO EXCEPTIONS! Easements are not to be used. Safety access is needed during the event.
  • Tent companies may not be scheduled to arrive for set up until Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 12:00 Noon.Tear down can begin Sunday, January 31, 2021 after 7:00 AM and must be gone by 12:00 Noon.
  • All Tents Companies must use Water Barrels; stakes of any kind are prohibited. (City of Humble Ordinance) NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Cook teams may not exceed a maximum of four (4) cook-off spaces that qualify for Competitions.
Damage to any utilities will be the responsibility of the cook team! (To be billed by Humble Rodeo and BBQ Cook Off Committee)

Cooker Parking

Each purchased cooking spot is allotted 1 Cook Team Parking Stickers. Each sticker allows a vehicle (car, truck, van, etc.) to enter the east gate of the Humble Civic Center Arena complex off Will Clayton Parkway. These stickers must be affixed (before arrival at gate) to the vehicle’s windshield near the Registration/Inspection stickers. Stickers must be attached to the entering vehicle’s windshield in order to avoid transfer. Any vehicle in these lots without a Cook Team Parking Sticker will and can be towed at the owner’s expense.


  • Cook-Off Spots $300/Each
    Limit of 4.
  • Margarita Competition $25
    Limit 1 per cook-off spot
  • Wristbands $20
  • VIP Parking $20/Each
    Limit number available
  • Port-O-Let $120
  • Handicap Port-O-Let $175
  • Hand washing station $175
Port-O-Let, Handicapped Port-O-Let and Hand washing stations will be delivered on Wednesday January 27th. Port-O-Lets will be cleaned on Friday evening or early Saturday morning.


Cooker wristbands are included with the cooker packet, per team registered. There will be enough wristbands for all cookers on team. Wristbands will need to be worn at all times during cook-off.

Additional Adult Wrist Bands can be added on to the entry registraion.


1.Head Cooks are responsible for the conduct of their team members and guests.

2.Excessive use of alcoholic beverages may be grounds for disqualification,

3.Under no circumstances are alcoholic beverages to be distributed to the public by contestants.

  • NO ONE UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE SHALL BE SERVED OR ALLOWED TO CONSUME ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON THE GROUNDS. Each team must monitor its own area as it pertains to minors.
  • Each cook team must comply with all laws pertaining to the serving and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • Security officers and committee personnel will be permitted to all areas of the Cook Off, including all Cook Off team tents, etc. and will have authority to handle matters in accordance with the law.
  • NO LEWD OR INAPPROPRIATE ACTS will be tolerated. Any cooks, guests, staff, etc. participating in or allowing inappropriate activities in their assigned spaces will be disqualified from the Cook Off, the cooker’s event will be shut down, and the team involved will be removed from the premises immediately and not allowed to participate in future Humble BBQ Cook Offs.

6.Any cook team having inappropriate music, entertainment, contests, etc. may be asked to leave the contest area immediately.


  • Portable fire extinguishers must be present for the type of fire or oil being used per 30 X 40 per space, in full view.
  • No smoking in enclosed tents.
  • The Fire Marshall will be tagging “occupancy limits” on all enclosed tents.
  • Hay bales are not permitted inside or outside your tent areas.

NOTE * BBQ Cook Off Exception to KCBS Rule #3

A). Each Paid Entry have their own un-shared cooker.
B). Each Paid Entry have their own un-shared ice chest.
C). Each Paid Entry have their own preparation table. *

Exception If a prep table is shared, there will be:
A). Signage to show the whom the area is being used by.
B). A definite Barrier the full depth of the table being shared
and at least 1’ high across the table as not to all ANY product to
be passed or shared.

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