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2024 Cattle Barons BBQ

  • 05/04/2024
  • 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate Pendleton, OR 97801
  • 30


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Registration Closes Monday April 29, 2024

Welcome back to the Pendleton Cattle Barons BBQ Challenge!  The organizers continue to make this year's event an outstanding competition!  Low $125 entry fee, your ribs are supplied by the organizer and sponsors (see below), room for up to 40 teams, and organizers that really care about putting on a great event for the teams, judges, and attendees.

You will be supplying your own Tri-Tip and Chicken for this event.  The organizer is suggesting 3 Tri-Tips to support People's Choice and Competition turn-in.

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 ribs for turn-in for a level playing field.  No outside ribs 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 1 ounce sample of Tri-Tip to anyone with a People's Choice Pin.

100% of the proceeds from the Peoples Choice Tri-Tip vending goes to scholarships for regional students attending college and majoring in agriculture.

Electrical Power:

Provided by the venue, however teams must provide their own 30 or 50 amp plug-ins and extension cords for power.

Event Management:

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

Contact info:

Prize Pool:

$5,000 Total Prize Pool

  • Grand Champion - $500
  • Reserve Grand Champion - $300
  • Category 1st Place - $300
  • Category 2nd Place - $250
  • Category 3rd Place - $225
  • Category 4th place - $175
  • Category 5th place - $150
  • Category 6th place - $125
  • Category 7th place - $100
  • Category 8th place - $75


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

Load in times:

• 6am-9am on Saturday, May 4, 2024

Site Inspections:

• 8-9:30am on Saturday, May 4, 2024

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 4th at 5:00 pm or earlier if possible.

Load out times:

• After awards

Required Cooks Meeting :

Saturday May 4th at 9:30 am.  You will also receive your Baby Back ribs at that time.


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 $125.00 USD and is non-refundable. In the event of a cancellation by the event coordinator, $10.00 will be refunded from the entrant’s payment. Regardless of the situation, a designated amount of $10.00 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 - provided by venue, however teams must provide their own 30 or 50 amp plug-ins and extension cords for power.

  • 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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