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The 2014 McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up

McCormick Grill Mates has partnered with the Kansas City Barbeque Society to create the McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up, challenging the countryís top pitmasters to compete in a multi-city competition series and fire up their best beef dish using Montreal Steak Seasoning. The versatile blend of coarsely ground peppers, garlic and spices adds unique flavor to steaks, burgers and more for an unbeatable grilling experience. Itís a key ingredient for teams looking to get great-tasting food on the grates.

For those who want to create competition-worthy grilled meals at home, McCormick Grill Mates also offers wood-fired, island-inspired marinades for grilled chicken and chili-packed rubs for on-fire ribs, as well as a variety of other dry rubs, marinades and seasoning blends.


Rules Highlights

  • Bonus, fifth category competition and Points Chase at select KCBS-sanctioned events.
  • Teams will create their best beef dish, incorporating Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning, which will be judged by KCBS standards of Taste, Tenderness and Appearance.
  • To be eligible, teams must purchase their beef and Grill Mates Seasoning from a selected retailer and provide receipt of purchase.

Prize Money

Four local KCBS Competition Events will host a McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up with the following prize checks up for grabs:

1st Place = $900
2nd Place = $700
3rd Place = $500

To up the ante, teams participating in the McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up can track their standings over the course of the competition series through an online points chase. After each of the four local events, points will be added to the tracker so teams can watch their competitorsí status and their own. After all four events, the three teams with the highest total will cash in on the following Grand Prizes:

1st Place = $5,000
2nd Place = $2,500
3rd Place = $1,000

The McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up will take place at the events listed below.

Regional Event Schedule

Safeway National BBQ Cup Washington, D.C.6/21/2014 - 6/22/2014
Great Lenexa BBQ Battle Lenexa, KS6/27/2014 - 6/28/2014
Taste of Grand RapidsGrand Rapids, MI7/25/2014 - 7/26/2014
Music City Festival & BBQ Championships Nashville, TN8/22/2014 - 8/23/2014

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