Auburn Hills BBQ Contest Was a Smokin’ Success

The City of Auburn Hills held its 11th Annual State Championship Barbecue Cook-Off on June 21st and 22nd.  The cook-off, which was part of Auburn Hills Summerfest, was sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS).  Thirty teams competed in this year’s cook-off that included two teams from Ohio and one team from Georgia.  Each team competed in the four categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork, and brisket for the chance to win the coveted Grand Championship title.

Something special happened at this year’s cook-off that doesn’t happen very often.  The team Bad Habit BBQ, from Oxford, Michigan, received a perfect score of 180 in brisket from the KCBS Certified BBQ Judges. Congratulations to Bad Habit BBQ who now joins KCBS’s Best of the Best 180 Club. 

Congratulations to this year’s Grand Champion’s, from Spring Lake, Michigan.  They will get a chance to participate in two of the largest invitational BBQ contests in the world, the American Royal, in Kansas City, and the Jack Daniel’s World Championship BBQ Invitational, in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Auburn Hills Barbecue Cook-Off Contest Results (Top 5)

Overall Rankings

  1. (Grand Champion)
  2. Slippery Pete’s BBQ (Reserve Champion)
  3. Mac Attack BBQ
  4. Booya Q
  5. PB&J’s BBQ


  1. Slippery Pete’s BBQ  
  3. iBQ’
  4. Booya Q
  5. Two Crackers Q’ing

Pork Ribs

  1. Phenomenal BBQ 
  2. Mac Attack BBQ
  3. PB&J’s BBQ
  4. Bo-B-Q
  5. Q-Jitsu


  1. Mac Attack BBQ
  3. PB&J’s BBQ
  4. iBQ’
  5. Mid-West Coatings


  1. Bad Habit BBQ (perfect score of 180)
  2. Two Crackers Q’ing
  3. The Meat Rubbers BBQ
  4. PB&J’s BBQ
  5. Slippery Pete’s BBQ

For more information about the Kansas City Barbeque Society or how to become a KCBS Certified BBQ Judge please visit KCBS website at


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Shawn Keenan, City Planner

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