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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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

Pony Express BBQ Challenge
Gothenburg, NE
May 1-2, 2015

Wild West BBQ Cook-Off
Lamar, CO
May 8-9, 2015

Royal Gorge Holy Smoke BBQ Showdown
Canon City, CO
May 29-30, 2015

Boats, Bands and Bar-B-Que
Pueblo, CO
June 5-6, 2015

Colorado BBQ Challenge
Frisco, CO
June 19-20, 2015

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

Smokin' On The Pecos
Artesia, NM
June 26-27, 2015

San Luis Valley Beat the Heat Brews, Barbecue & Chili Challenge
Alamosa, CO
July 31-August 1, 2015

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

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

Montana State BBQ Championship @ MontanaFair
Billings, MT
August 11-12, 2015

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

Conifer Mountain BBQ Challenge
Conifer, CO
August 14-15, 2015

Best of the West BBQ Fest
Sheridan, WY
August 28-29, 2015

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

Taste of Autumn BBQ Championships
Spearfish, SD
September 18-19, 2015

2015 Cup Results

National Western BBQ Throwdown
Denver, CO

Lake Havasu Music Brews & BBQ Championship
Lake Havasu City, AZ