Event Information

The Vista BBQ Classic is an official Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event in Historic Downtown Vista.  For the past 6 years, teams have traveled from all over the state to compete for prize money, trophies, points and bragging rights.

BBQ teams will descend on Historic Downtown Vista on Friday afternoon to spend up to 24 hours seasoning, smoking, and grilling their choice cut of meats for competition day on Saturday, July 25th.  Our 2015 Teams will compete for a guaranteed $10,000 of prize money, KCBS points and trophies.

There is something for everyone at the Vista BBQ Classic!
Featured at the Vista BBQ Classic are 2 oz BBQ Tastes for purchase, a street fair, live entertainment and a refreshing beer garden with a featured concert at the end of the night.

Events Schedule

July 24

5:00-8:00pm: Meat n’ Greet

July 25

10:00am-5:00pm: Street Fair
12:00pm-5:00pm: BBQ TastingsBBQ Sauce Tasting Contest
10:00am-9:00pm: Concerts, Beer Garden


Taste ticket will be available for purchase on Saturday at 11 am at the main info booth and at ticket booth locations throughout the event.  Tastes start at noon.  Each ticket is good for one 2 oz sample.

Samples are given out as the competition occurs and certain items are not guaranteed to be available all day.  This competition BBQ is hot stuff and when it goes it goes!   For your best chance at trying certain meats we encourage you to come early.  The turn in schedule is as follows:

  • Chicken: 12 pm
  • Pork Ribs: 12:30 pm
  • Pork: 1 pm
  • Brisket 1:30 pm

3nd Annual BBQ Sauce Tasting Contest

This one is open to anyone who wants to take a “taste” of our Vista BBQ Classic BBQ Sauce.  It’s simple, for $1 per taste, you can guess the ingredients in our mystery BBQ Sauce for a chance to win a stunning BBQ Grill.  Go to the Info Booth on Main Street to see if your palette is perfection!  A list of possible ingredients will be posted and the contest will run from 10 am – 4:30 pm.  The winner will be notified after the event and listed on our website.

Saturday Night Summer Concert and Entertainment

We have a great line up of music all day and into the night.  All music is located on our main stage.

For the full entertainment lineup, click here


BBQ Meat n’ Greet

Date: Friday, July 24
Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
The public is invited on Friday night to a “BBQ Meat n’ Greet“ to meet our teams first hand and see how they cook up their delectable meats for the following day’s competition. This is a great time to see what goes into competition BBQ and enjoy the downtown area on a Friday night. BBQ Tastes will not be available until Saturday starting at Noon.