Kansas City's Big 12 Big Q will pit contestants from around the league in a showdown for barbecue bragging rights! The Big 12 Big Q takes place in the Hospitality Lot at the northeast corner of 13th & Grand, just north of The College Basketball Experience and Sprint Center. Big 12 Big Q features four competition categories and teams representing each of the 10 universities. Open to the public, come down and cheer on your school's contestants as they battle to take home the grand prize and title of Big 12 Big Q Grand Champion!

The Big 12 Big Q is free and open to the public and will also feature FREE competition barbecue samples and Big 12 Big Q Prep School by Smithfield on Thursday and Friday.

Public Hours:

Wednesday, March 8th: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 9th: Noon - 6 p.m.
Friday, March 10th: Noon - 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 11th: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Prep School by Smithfield

Prep School by Smithfield

Kansas City's Big 12 Big Q Prep School by Smithfield will feature world-class pitmaster Darren Warth (Smokey D's, Iowa) sharing tips and tricks to make your backyard barbecue the hit of the neighborhood. Learn from the world's best pitmaster and see how Smithfiled can take your barbecue game to the next level!

Big 12 Big Q Prep School:

Thursday, March 9th: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, March 10th: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
BBQ Sampling

BBQ Sampling

Stop by the Big 12 Big Q on Thursday and Friday for FREE barbecue samples courtesy of Smithfield, expertly prepared by Kansas City's award-winning SLAP's BBQ! Starring in the 5th season of Destination America's BBQ Pitmasters, brothers Mike and Joe Pearce have built a name for themselves both on the competition circuit and in the restaurant world, cooking hundreds of pounds of fresh BBQ daily at their restaurant and competing in 25-35 events annually.

Slap's BBQ will fire up the smoker from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 9th and Friday, March 10th providing FREE competition style samples from Smithfield while supplies last!
What to Expect

What to Expect

  • BBQ Sampling from KC's SLAP's BBQ on Thursday and Friday
  • Big 12 Big Q Prep School by Smithfield on Thursday and Friday, f/. world-class pitmaster Darren Warth
  • Massive Mobile LED Screen for entertainment
  • Drink specials, yard games, lounge and seating areas
  • Cheer on and meet contestants from your favorite school
  • Competition


    The Big 12 Big Q is a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned event. Competitors will compete in the standard KCBS cookoff categories, with the turn-in time for the event starting at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10th. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of competition barbecue judging through the Arvest Bank windows at 13th & Grand on Friday!

    Big 12 Big Q Competition Turn-In Schedule:

    Chicken: 1:00 p.m.
    Ribs: 1:30 p.m.
    Pork: 2:00 p.m.
    Brisket: 2:30 p.m.

    The Big 12 Big Q Grand Champion will be crowned in the Power & Light District at 4:00 p.m.!
    More Info

    More Info

    For sponsorship and event info, email chris@oneillevents.com