What We Do

The Rocky Mountain BBQ Association started the Rocky Mountain Cup for several reasons. The mission of the RMBBQA is to help promote barbeque cooking and competitions in the Rocky Mountain region, and the Cup helps achieve this by increasing team attendance at Cup events. The idea behind the Cup is to reward consistency and give bragging rights. The team that wins the Cup is the best barbeque team in the Rocky Mountain Region!


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KCBS Certified BBQ
Judging Classes
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Web Resources

General BBQ Help

The Virtual Weber Bullet demonstrates how to cook barbecue on the WSM using a number of methods, techniques and recipes.

You'll find hundreds of barbecue-related Web sites on The Smoke Ring. Lots of interesting people, products, and information.

A phenomenal amount of information about all aspects of BBQ can be found at Barbecue'n On The Internet.

BBQ Forums

Our own RMBBQA Forum with all you need to know about BBQ in the Rocky Mountains.

The BBQ Forum is one of the top forums on the Internet concerning BBQ.

Egg Head Forum for the Big Green Egg enthusiast.

The BBQ Brethren forum for everything from the backyard to the American Royal.

Cup Contest Events

Cup Contest events are listed along the right. If you aren't listed we would love for your event to become a Cup Contest event. Being a Cup Contest event offers you tremendous advantage and support. More information and application

2015 Cup & Shot Glass Contest

For BBQ Team to be eligible for the Cup contest, teams must score in at least six Cup & Shot Glass contest events. A team's six best scores in each of the five categories (overall, chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket) will be used to calculate final positions.

For BBQ Team to be eligible for the Shot Glass contest, teams must score in at least three Cup & Shot Glass contest events, but not more than five. A team's three best scores in each of the five categories will be used to calculate final positions.

Teams must be a RMBBQA member in good standing prior to the awards ceremony for an event's scores to count toward the Cup or Shot Glass contests.

Every eligible team at a Cup & Shot Glass contest event will receive points. Points will be awarded based on rank as per the RMBBQA Cup Calculation Method determined by the RMBBQA Board of Directors. Additionally, teams will be awarded bonus points based on the number of competition teams at the event, divided by four; up to a maximum of 12.5 bonus points. While teams are rewarded for doing well in large contests, this system helps to bridge the gap between the smaller and larger events, rewarding teams for their consistency on the competition circuit regardless of event size. For full details, definitions, and scoring examples view the RMBBQA Cup Calculation Method.

Team Mentoring Program

The Rocky Mountain BBQ Association offers a mentoring program to teams cooking in RMBBQA Cup Events. This program is available to any team interested in cooking at a RMBBQA Cup Event and is especially helpful to teams that are cooking in their first contest.

This program is intended to foster the sharing of BBQ Competition knowledge and is offered at no cost. You do not need to be a member of the Rocky Mountain BBQ Association to participate in the program.

This program will assign an experienced competition team to assist your planning prior to the event and to answer common questions such as: What do I need to bring? What should I expect? What are turn in boxes? Prior to the event you will receive a packet of helpful information and your mentor will be available to help at the contest.

If you would like to have a mentor assist your team or if you wish to simply speak with an experienced team member prior to your contest please contact the Mentor Coordinator by filling out the form below:

Mentoring Sign Up

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Payout Schedule

2015 Cup Contests

National Western BBQ Throwdown
Denver, CO
January 9-10, 2015

Kansas Winter Q
Great Bend, KS
February 13-14, 2015

Lake Havasu Music Brews & BBQ Championship
Lake Havasu City, AZ
February 26-28, 2015

Pony Express BBQ Challenge
Gothenburg, NE
April 24-25, 2015

Leadville's On the Mountain BBQ and Brew Fest
Leadville, CO
June 26-27, 2015

Dodge City Days Barbeque Cook-Off
Dodge City, KS
July 24-25, 2015

Smokin on the Prairie
Gillette, WY
August 7-8, 2015

Pepsi Wyoming State BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival
Worland, WY
August 14-15, 2015

Smokin' Brew BBQ
Parker, CO
September 4-6, 2015

2014 Cup Results

Pony Express BBQ Challenge
Gothenburg, NE

North Platte Honky Tonk Barbecue Festival
North Platte, NE

Wild West BBQ Cook-Off
Lamar, CO

Royal Gorge Holy Smoke BBQ Showdown
Canon City, CO

Boats, Bands and Bar-B-Que
Pueblo, CO

Colorado BBQ Challenge
Frisco, CO

The Miles City Cowtown Cook-off
Miles City, MT

South Park Kick Ass BBQ
Fairplay, CO

Smokin' On The Pecos
Artesia, NM

Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship
Rio Rancho, NM

Griller's Cup
Laramie, WY

Days of 47 BBQ Showdown
Holladay, UT

Dodge City Days Barbeque Cook-Off
Dodge City, KS

United Wireless / Five State Fair BBQ
Liberal, KS

San Luis Valley Beat the Heat Brews, Barbecue & Chili Challenge
Alamosa, CO

Smokin on the Prairie
Gillette, WY

Montana State BBQ Championships at MontanaFair
Billings, MT

Pepsi Wyoming State BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival
Worland, WY

Conifer Mountain BBQ Challenge
Conifer, CO

2nd Annual Hill City Wine, Brew and BBQ
Hill City, SD

Bootleggin' BBQ
Garden City, CO

Wild West BBQ Shoot Out
Wendover, NV

Smokin' Brew BBQ
Parker, CO

Best of the West BBQ Fest
Sheridan, WY

Skys the Limit BBQ Classic I
Garden City, KS

Skys the Limit BBQ Classic II
Garden City, KS

Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge
Grand Junction, CO

Taste of Autumn BBQ Cook-Off
Spearfish, SD

Telluride BBQ Festival
Telluride, CO