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2023 Cattle Barons BBQ

  • 05/06/2023
  • 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate Pendleton, OR 97801
  • 13


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Registration Closed with 28 teams.  Thank you!

Welcome back to the Pendleton Cattle Baron's Buckaroo BBQ Challenge!  The organizers continue to make this year's event an outstanding competition!  Low $100 entry fee, meats except for chicken are supplied by the organizer and sponsors (see below), room for more teams, and organizers that really care about putting on a great event for the teams, judges, and attendees.

You will be supplied with 2 trimmed Tri-Tip roasts from Painted Hills.  Painted Hills is a regional Oregon natural and grass fed meat producer.  If you participated in 2021 and 2022, the provided Tri-Tip was deemed excellent by our teams.  You can use the provided Tri-Tip for either or both of competition turn-in and the people's choice awards.  If you want more Tri-Tip for peoples choice, you are welcome to bring your own.

You will also receive 3 racks of Baby Back Ribs from Hill Meat Company – a local company with regional distribution that has an excellent reputation.  These must be used as your competition meat for turn-in for a level playing field.  No outside meats allowed - and you won't be vending ribs.

You will supply your own chicken as usual.  You won't be vending chicken.

People's Choice:

There is NO vending at this event, but everyone is required to participate in the People's Choice award between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm.  During that time, you will serve a sample of Tri-Tip to anyone with a People's Choice Pin.

Event Management:

  • Organizer: Jeff LaBoy, Cattle Barons Buckaroo BBQ
  • PNWBA Board Representative: Steve Rubin
  • PNWBA Head Judges: Jane Biehl & Steve Rubin

Contact info:

  • Jeff LaBoy - 541-215-3007
  • Steve Rubin - 206-412-0877 cell / message / text. Email:

Prize Pool:

$5,000 Total Prize Pool

  • Grand Champion - $1,025
  • Reserve Grand Champion - $750
  • Category 1st Place - $300
  • Category 2nd Place - $250
  • Category 3rd Place - $200
  • Category 4th place - $150
  • Category 5th place - $100
  • Category 6th place - $75


  • Beef Tri-Tip
  • Chicken
  • Pork Ribs (Baby Backs)

Load in times:

• 6am-9am on Saturday, May 6, 2023

Site Inspections:

• 8-9:30am on Saturday, May 6, 2023

Turn-in Times:

  • 1:00pm – Tri-Tip
  • 2:00pm – Chicken
  • 3:00pm – Baby Back Pork Ribs

Window is 5 minutes before to 5 minutes after each hour.
The People’s Choice Awards tasting runs from 1pm – 2:30pm. Tri-Tip turn-in is at 1pm and chicken turn-in is at 2 pm so please be aware of the overlap.


Awards on Saturday May 6th at 5:00 pm or earlier if possible.

Load out times:

• After awards

Required Cooks Meeting :

Saturday May 6th at 9:30 am


1601 Westgate
Pendleton, OR 97801

Team Requirements:

Please review the Team Rules Page, even if you are an experienced team. Each site will be inspected to meet these requirements. If you are a new to competition BBQ team or new to PNWBA competitions, we recommend visiting our New Team Info page.

Entry Fee:

Entry fee is $100.00 USD and is non-refundable. In the event of a cancellation by the event coordinator, $8.00 will be refunded from the entrant’s payment. Regardless of the situation, a designated amount of $8.00 from the entry fee is non-refundable to cover payment and event processing expenses.

Entry Payment Due:

Entry fees must be paid at the time of registration.


  • Power - Please plan to bring your own power. Please contact the venue if you need power to see if available.

  • Potable Water - provided by venue

  • Trash disposal – provided by venue

  • Ash disposal – provided by venue

  • Grease disposal – provided by venue

  • Grey water disposal – provided by venue

Team Event Size:
20x20 – If you require a larger footprint or can fit in a smaller footprint, contact the organizer prior to the event.

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