From the American Royal 2011 press release:
Come join the fun at one of Kansas City’s biggest parties! We have live entertainment, barbecue teams competing in the “World Series of Barbecue“, award-winning barbecue for the public to purchase at Taste of the Royal, Fireworks both Friday and Saturday and a festival atmosphere you won’t want to miss!
Gate admission is required on Friday, September 30 after 12 p.m. and on Saturday, October 1 after 10 a.m. There is no gate admission on Thursday, September 29 or Sunday, October 2. Remember that most sections of the American Royal BBQ are private parties and are by invitation only. Just because you get into the main gate of the American Royal does not guarantee you entrance into the individual parties and tents inside the Royal. Parking is FURIOUS so try to get there before 5pm if possible, or you will end up parking about 1 mile away.
Qualification Criteria Summary for US Teams:
Qualifying Period: The first weekend in August of 2010 through the final weekend in July of 2011
Only Grand Champions are invited. No pass downs are accepted.
Invitations will be extended to the qualified team name/head cook combination. Should the team name or head cook change after qualifying, the team must enter the American Royal Invitational under the qualifying team name/head cook combination. Should the same head cook have qualified with more than one team, he/she may enter the American Royal/KC Masterpiece Invitational Contest only one time.
An invitation will be mailed from the American Royal to the qualifiers in mid August with a deadline for returning the application by September 1st. If an invitational team would like to also compete in the Open Contest, it is MANDATORY for that team to complete the Open Application ahead of time so a space can be reserved.
Qualifying Contests Include:
- Contests with a “qualifying state championship.” A state championship is a contest with a state proclamation signed by the Governor with at least 15 competing teams the first year and 25 competing teams each subsequent year.
- Contests with a minimum of 50 competing teams are qualifiers and do not require a “state championship” proclamation.
- A state with only one contest must have a minimum of 15 competing teams to be considered but does not require a “state championship” proclamation.
To be considered a “competing team,” teams must submit entries for all contest categories required to be the grand champion or overall winner of that event.
Automatic Entries Go To:
*Grand Champion of previous year’s American Royal Open Contest
*Grand Champions of previous five (5) year’s American Royal/KC Masterpiece Invitational Contest
*Grand Champion of previous year’s Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue
*Grand Champion of current year’s Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Contest
*Grand Champion of current year’s Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest
Exceptions to any of the above criteria must be approved in advance by the contest organizer.