FACT: There's been an 18% increase in contest participation by members in the past year    
FACT: 64% of KCBS members own three or more grills/smokers    
FACT: 70% of our members grill-out/cook BBQ more than 25 times per year    
FACT: 56% of Americans report having a smartphone, 77% of KCBS members do    
FACT: 70% of KCBS members use Facebook    
FACT: 55% of members choose charcoal when cooking for leisure    
FACT: 23% of KCBS members work in the food service industry as a restauranteur or caterer    
FACT: Learning from friends, family and at competitions is the best way to improve cooking skills    
Joining KCBS has its privileges!
  • The official KCBS monthly newsletter, "The Bullsheet"
  • Save $5 when you buy 3 bags of Adirondack Grilling Pellets
  • Access KCBS Preferred Rates at Choice Hotels
  • 10% off all Creekstone Farms® products
  • 10% off any ICEHOLE Cooler or the option to customize your ICEHOLE Cooler with your team or KCBS logo for $50.00.
  • 15% off your total order from Papa Tony's seasonings and ribs.
  • One-day shopping pass at any Restaurant Depot location when you present your KCBS membership card.
  • 20% off your total order from Sadler's Smokehouse online store.
  • $0.50 off TABASCO Chipotle or any pepper sauce flavor!
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KCBS Challenge Grants

Applications are being accepted through April 28, 2017.


The purpose of the Challenge Grants award program is to provide matching funds, up to a maximum of $5,000 at the discretion of the Philanthropy Committee, to support projects that will complement and/or enhance the reputation, image and ideals of The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) to celebrate, teach, preserve and promote barbeque as a culinary technique, sport and art form.

Use of Funds

KCBS funds may be used for a purpose that celebrates, teaches, preserves and/or promotes barbeque as a culinary technique and art form. Charitable works involving barbeque are allowed (e.g., Senior Que events).

KCBS will not serve as the sole funder for any project. Applicants must demonstrate how KCBS funding will be matched by funding from other sources.

Funds may not be used to pay for salaries, to support a new and/or existing BBQ contest, or for projects that offer personal benefit/profit to the applicant.


To be eligible to apply for for a KCBS Challenge Grant, the applicant must be an officer in a non-profit organization (such as a charitable organizatios, educational organization, or student club). KCBS retains all rights to determine whether or not an application meets the eligibility criteria. All decisions by the KCBS Board are final.

Application Procedure

Interested organizations or event sponsors must complete the online application.

Application Submission

Applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 pm on April 28, 2017. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

A copy of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt letter, saved in PDF format, should be uploaded with the application, if applicable.

Review Process

Each application will be evaluated by the KCBS Philanthropy Committee. The KCBS Board of Directors will make the awards. All decisions are final.

Notification Process

Each applicant will be notified of the status of their application by June 30, 2017.


Questions can be directed to philanthropy@kcbs.us.

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