9th Annual


JUNE 15 and 16, 2018


If you want to be a part of the Hartford Rib Off, please fill out the applicable form below. We will contact you after we receive your information.

This year the Hartford Rib Off is a 2 day event, Friday evening June 15, 2018 and all day Saturday June 16, 2018.
See information below.

Cook Teams:
As of 2/8/18 our Cook Team slots are full. We wil re-open the application if we have any cancelations.

Friday night is a KCBS Grill Off with 2 judged proteins (shrimp and steak) and 1 people’s choice selection. All KCBS rules apply.
Saturday is a KCBS Backyard Smoke Contest with 4 judged proteins (ribs, chicken thighs, brisket, and pulled pork) and 1 people’s choice selection. All KCBS rules apply.
Cook teams are responsible for supplying the proteins they will be judged on. The event will provide the protein for the people’s choice contest.
This year you do NOT have to cook for the masses.

The grand prize is a cash purse – Friday night $750 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 $350 Friday night and $400 Saturday.

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. Tent sizes and prices are listed in the form below. Please let us know if you’re also interested in sponsorship opportunities.

We still need judges for Friday, June 15th. All of our judging spots for Saturday, June 16th are full. We are still accepting requests for standby judge positions for Saturday.

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 form below and let us know which day/s you want to help out. All volunteers will receive a Hartford Rib Off ‘Staff’ shirt, and all you can eat and drink while you’re at the event. 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!


100% of proceeds go directly to the charities.

Charity Info

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