Hundreds attend 36th Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue at Arrowhead

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nearly 200 teams competed for grand champion status in Saturday's American Royal Invitational Barbecue Competition.

Each group had to win a state championship title to compete in the invitational. Categories included chicken, ribs, pork and beef brisket. Teams of six judges sampled entries from five or six teams at a time.

FOX 4's Megan Dillard talked with Master Judge Luann Moth and Kansas City Barbecue Society Representative Mike Lake about the judging process.

"These judges here are going to sample the best BBQ in the United States," said Lake.

FOX 4's Mike Thompson emceed the awards ceremony.

“Smoking Hills”  is Saturday's grand prize winner of $10,000 for the American Royal invitational BBQ competition.  The Invitational Competition is for people who have won in past years and are now competing against each other. The second place winner is "Pellet Envy," and third place went to "Cool Smoke."

On Sunday, there was an open contest competition in which 618 teams competed. In that competition, "Grills Gone Wild" took first place, "The Celtic Pig" took second and "Big Poppa Smokers" came in third place.