BBQ Competition

BBQ Countdown Clock

Santa Anita Park rounds up the top pit masters from the west coast for a “California State BBQ Championship.” On Sat, March 22nd, the air will fill with the sweet smells of hickory and pecan woods and of slow-smoked beef, pork and chicken as the best-of-the-best BBQ pit masters battle it out for $15,000 and a chance to represent California in the most prestigious national events. This is the real deal, ultimate bbq experience.

“BBQ and racing together at last…it’s a combination of my two favorite things.” Bobby Flay

Don’t miss your opportunity to meet these award winning pit masters and taste the bbq that has made them champions.
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MAK GRILLS People’s Choice Contest

People’s choice is a unique opportunity for you to taste and judge competition level BBQ cooked by true pit masters. Pit masters who have dedicated years and untold time, effort, and many a burnt finger, to produce their best product for you. People’s Choice is your chance to be a BBQ judge. With the People’s Choice competition, YOU get to decide the winner and sample entries from many different BBQ Competition teams.

Judge competition quality BBQ.

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Winner’s Circle

Harry Stewart

Meet BBQ master Harry Stewart, as he demonstrates and shares his championship winning techniques with you. Harry is the owner and“Pit Master” of Great American BBQ in Alameda, CA.which is listed in the “Who’s Who of BBQ” as one of the best BBQ joints in America. With numerous BBQ competitions wins, appearances on local and national TV shows, including the CBS evening news, Harry is truly recognized as a BBQ master.

  • 1:00 Tri Tip
  • 2:00 Chicken
  • 3:00 Baby back ribs

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Children’s Day

Enjoy family fun in the Santa Anita infield. The whole family will enjoy inflatable jumpers, Carnival Games, Face Painting, Pony Rides, and meet Seabiscuit at the Seabiscuit Exhibit. It’s a great way to spend a spring afternoon while enjoying a cool beverage and great competition style BBQ.
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Horse Racing at Santa Anita Park

With the beautiful San Gabriel Mountatins serving as a backdrop, the track has proved a popular location for some of the most prominent racing events, and now…a BBQ competition. A number of famous horses have galloped down the track including the cinematically-immortalized Seabiscuit. Enjoy horse racing at its best from the infield while sipping a cold beverage and savoring the flavors of competition style bbq. Learn more about the races and this amazing park here


Sponsored By
MAK Grills

We are very fortunate to have MAK Grills as our Title Sponsor. Please attend the food demonstrations and see for yourself why MAK Grills is winning award after award.

“I love MAK Grills. Have since the very first one. Rock Solid, Innovative, great service, performance. A MAK One Star helped me win the America Royal Invitational!”

Sterling Ball, Big Poppa Smokers, 2012 Grand Champions of the American Royal BBQ Competition.

“MAK is a xerox machine when it comes to flavor, color and cook time, over and over the MAK cranks out award winning BBQ with the ease of pushing a button. And, they are American made!”

Matt Dalton, Left Coast Q, 2012 & 2013 California Team-of-the Year and multiple Grand champions.