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22-24 | World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest at HLSR (Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo)


$10-$25, 3-Day pass for $50


Varies, usually 10am-2pm


NRG | NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054|

World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest at HLSR DETAILS

From the trail riders organizer:

More than 250 teams, led by barbecue aficionados, compete in the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings. While most team tents are invitation-only, visitors can enjoy several public venues, including The Garden, Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon and the Chuckwagon. Plus, the carnival is open, for wild rides and fun games.

The Garden Stage, sponsored by Miller Lite, features some of the best up-and-coming and established artists in Texas country. The Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon also features live and DJ music, and has an outside patio for visitors to enjoy. Inside the saloon is the Chuckwagon, where visitors can pick up their complimentary sliced brisket plate with chips and beans. 


Tickets allow entrance into NRG Park for the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest and includes a complimentary sliced bar-b-que brisket plate, access to live music areas and admission to the carnival.

NOT INCLUDED: access to private tents – If you have a private tent pass, you must also have a grounds ticket. Tent passes are not for sale and are distributed by the Bar-B-Que teams. TICKET INFORMATION 


Redeem Bar-B-Que Contest Drink Tickets to purchase drinks. Tickets are $2 each and are purchased on the grounds.

  • Soda/water: 1 ticket
  • Beer: 2 tickets
  • Craft beer: 3 tickets

Learn more about the Houston Rodeo with our Family Guide.

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