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february, 2022

sat26feb12:00 pmHouston Livestock Show & Rodeo Worlds Championship BBQ ContestNRG ParkBuy Tickets


(Saturday) 12:00 pm


NRG Park

1 NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054

Event Details

  • Thursday, February 24, 2022
  • Friday, February 25, 2022
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022

More than 250 teams, led by barbecue aficionados, compete in the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings. While most team tents are invitation-only, visitors can enjoy several public venues, including The Garden, Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon and the Chuckwagon. Plus, the carnival is open, for wild rides and fun games.

The Garden Stage, sponsored by Miller Lite, features some of the best up-and-coming and established artists in Texas country. The Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon also features live and DJ music, and has an outside patio for visitors to enjoy. Inside the saloon is the Chuckwagon, where visitors can pick up their complimentary sliced brisket plate with chips and beans.

WCBBQ Jr. Cook-off Contest
Children between the ages of 8-14 will be competing with a single steak judged on appearance/presentation, tenderness and taste. Awards will be presented to the top 3 contestants at 11 a.m.

It’s all about the ‘cue! Purchase tickets for entrance into NRG Park for the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, which kicks off the arrival of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ each year. Tickets includes a complimentary sliced barbecue beef sandwich plate, access to live music areas and admission to the carnival. Tickets do not include access to private cook-off tents. Tent passes are not for sale and are distributed by the Bar-B-Que teams.


Adult tickets: $20.00

Children 3-12 years old: $5.00

Age 2 years and younger: FREE

Season Pass: $35

*Onsite ticket sales end at 10:30 p.m. daily during the event, and online sales end at 9:30 p.m. daily during the event.


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•If you have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 please stay home, self-monitor for symptoms and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop

•If you feel sick (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle aches etc.) or have a temperature at or above 100℉ please stay home

•Face coverings/masks are encouraged while attending event

•Any individual who does not comply with the COVID-19 Rules, and the NRG Park Health & Safety Guidelines will not be permitted to enter or remain on NRG Park premises

•High-risk individuals please follow the advice of your medical provider and/or the CDC with regard to attending the event

•It’s important to get tested, for more information on COVID-19 testing sites click here

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