Pit Masters FAQ

  • We will follow the KCBS rules for both dates of the competition. Click here to view the full KCBS rules.
  • Our competition is called a Competitor’s Series, which is 2 different types of contests in the same event. KCBS Pit Masters/Cook Teams are not eligible to receive KCBS Team Of The Year points from a Competitor’s Series event.
  • There will be 2 KBCS Representatives at our event. They will be available to answer questions and will also be making certain that everyone – organizers, cook teams, and judges – follows the KCBS rules.
  • Friday night is a KCBS Grill Off with 2 judged proteins (shrimp and steak) and 1 people’s choice selection (BBQ Sauce to be served with chicken thighs). OFFICIAL GRILLING RULES
  • Saturday is a KCBS Backyard Smoke Contest with 4 judged proteins (ribs, chicken thighs, brisket, and pulled pork) and 1 people’s choice selection (pulled pork).
    Click here for the KCBS Backyard Competition rules.
  • Pit Masters are responsible for supplying the proteins they will be judged on. Details about the permitted meats will be included in the Cook Team Information Packet. The event will provide the protein for the people’s choice contest.
  • Your competition meat will be inspected prior to any preparation for entry into the contest. The inspection will be performed by the KCBS Reps.
    KCBS Meat Inspections Guide This meat inspection will take place on Friday, June 15th from 10am – 2pm.
  • Turn in containers must be 9×9 styrofoam clamshells. Each turn in must contain at least 6 portions of meat, all of which must fit into the 9×9 container. Detailed information about turn in rules and suggestions can be found in the KCBS Rules documents.
  • This year you do NOT have to cook for the general attendees.
  • The grand prize is a cash purse – Friday night $700 for the overall winner of the Grill Off and Saturday $1,000 for the overall winner of the Rib Off. People’s choice cash purse is $200 Friday night and $400 Saturday. All winners, regardless of place, will also receive a trophy.
  • The KCBS reps will hold a cooks meeting at the venue on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 3pm.
  • Each team space will be 20′ x 20′ and will be marked, abutting one another.
  • We will be sending out a Cook Team information packet via email within the next few weeks.
  • You will also receive another information packet when you check in to the event. Check in times, as well as the full event schedule, will be found in the Cook Team Information Packet.
  • Every cook team must complete a temporary food vendor permit for the City of Hartford. This will be emailed to you, but you can also access it here: Temporary Food Vendor Application
  • Volunteer FAQ

  • We need lots of volunteers to help us reach our goal of raising the most money possible for the charities we’re supporting. Please fill out the volunteer form and let us know which day/s you want to help out. All volunteers will receive a Hartford Rib Off ‘Staff’ shirt, and full access to the BBQ spread and soft drinks while you’re at the event. Over 21 volunteers will be given full all-inclusive access to the event when their volunteer shift is complete.
  • Some of the volunteer duties include set up, food serving, clean up, crowd direction, etc.
  • All volunteers will receive a letter from the Hartford Rib Off outlining your community service, if requested.
  • Join our team! Volunteers for the Friday Night Beer Fest must be 21+
  • We need volunteers for Friday June 15, 2018 in the afternoon and evening, and Saturday, June 16, 2018 all day.
  • Volunteers are welcome for one or both days.
  • Saturday volunteers can be with us for the early shift, the late shift, or all day.
  • Judges FAQ

    We still need a few judges for Friday June 15, 2018

    For confirmed Judges, we will communicate on a regular basis via email. We will also have a Judges Information Packet for you.
    The KCBS reps will be holding Judges meetings on both days of the competition.

    Please be aware that one of the judged proteins (for Friday’s Grill Competition at the Beer Fest) is shrimp, for allergy purposes. Please contact us if you are a confirmed judge for Friday but have a shellfish allergy.


    We anticipate hosting 2000+ attendees at this year’s Hartford Rib Off. This will be a great opportunity for exposure and a great return on your investment.

    Vendors at last year’s Rib Off saw a direct uptick in sales directly following the event.

    Available sizes for your display are 10×10, 12×12, and 10×20. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

    Please fill out the vendor application form to be included in this fantastic event.

    Attendee FAQ

    Your Friday ticket grants you full access to the Friday event only.

    Your Saturday ticket grants you full access to the Saturday event only.

    Ticket Prices are as follows:

    Friday, June 15 Hartford Rib Off Beer Fest (over 21 only)

  • $75 All inclusive ticket
  • The purchase of a Beer Fest ticket includes a coupon code for 30% off a Saturday Hartford Rib Off Ticket (arrives in your ticket confirmation email once purchased), a $19.50 value.

    Saturday, June 16 Hartford Rib Off

  • All inclusive adult ticket price – $65
  • *Limited* advance discount ticket price – $50
  • *Limited* Family Pack ticket price – $120 includes 2 adult tickets and 2 under 21 tickets (ages 12 – 20)
  • Youth ticket for ages 12 – 20 – $20
  • Children under 12 always enter for free
  • All proceeds from the Hartford Rib Off are donated to the charities we support.

    Your ticket price includes all you can eat BBQ, all you can drink soft drinks, water, beer from 17 Breweries on Friday or 2 Roads Brewing on Saturday, Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails, entertainment, kids activities (Saturday only), other activities, and more!

    The Hartford Rib Off is a rain or shine event. We encourage you to bring chairs for comfort, as well as a pop up tent for shade. Sunblock and bug spray are also a good idea.

    The Hartford Rib Off is a pet-free event, with the exception of service animals.

    Car Show FAQ

    For more information and/or to enter your car in the Hartford Rib Off Car Show hosted by the 860 Car and Truck Club, contact Leon Coon at

    With your car show entry, you will receive a coupon code for one 50% off ticket. One car receives one coupon code, a $32.50 value.

    Trophies awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd Best In Show

    One trophy to Best Rev

    Judging performed by 860 Car and Truck Club. Members of club are ineligible for prizes.