World Championship Steak Cook-Off

steaksFor Steak Cook-off Dinner Tickets: Please order by phone at: 870-234-4352

Drive-Thru Tickets also Available

Tickets will NOT be available for online purchase.

Once tickets are purchased, there are

Your steak dinner will include a delicious 16 oz. Certified Angus Beef Ribeye, (cooked by one of our fabulous cooking teams) baked potato, salad, roll & drink.
Tickets are $20 each; available by calling the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce at 870-234-4352.

The serving lines will open at 6:00 p.m. on the Downtown Square Saturday, May 20

Once you go through a serving line for your tray & sides, You will then proceed to the cooker of your choice to pick up your delicious ribeye.  Will you pick the World Championship Steak?!


 2017 Rules And Entry Forms

Find below all the information you need to ready yourself for the 2017 World Championship Steak Cook-off.

Click on, download, and save these rules, mail in your entry form and then get ready to fire up your grill to see if you will be the next winner of the World Championship Steak Cook-off!
Entry deadline Friday, April 14, 2017.

• Steak Cook-off Entry Form
• Steak Cooking Rules
• Steak Judging Rules
• Additional Competition Guidelines

If you have any other questions or concerns please contact the Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce at

Do you have what it takes to be a judge?

If you are interested in being a judge for the World Championship Steak Cook-off, click the link below.

Judge Criteria


Don’t Miss The 7th Annual Appetizer Challenge!

Sponsored by: Southern Title & Closing

$500 Cash Prize for 1st place! Download your entry form below to compete in this challenge.

• Appetizer Challenge Entry Form
• Appetizer Challenge Guidelines

2016 Appetizer Challenge Scores click HERE


We want to say a special thanks to these sponsors for their generous donation and support:

Southern Title

Royal Oak

pk grills


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The 28th Annual World Championship Steak Cook-off Saturday, May 20, 2017

You are invited to cook in the 28th Annual World Championship Steak Cook-off in beautiful Magnolia, Arkansas! A total of $10,000 in prize money will be up for grabs, as we grill over 4,000 mouthwatering Ribeye steaks!

Certified_Angus_Beef_logoEach year there are over 3,500 steaks cooked on the square here in Magnolia, Arkansas. You cannot imagine the smell in the air when more than 80 grills of all shapes and sizes begin the cook-off. Be sure and get your tickets early as they will go fast. Steak tickets are available from the Magnolia Chamber office, Farmers Bank, BancorpSouth, Peoples Bank, Bank of the Ozarks, Carter Federal Credit Union, and Jennifer’s. As always, this year’s steaks will be 16oz. Ribeyes, provided to us by Certified Angus Beef Brand steaks.  Certified Angus Beef brand is the only Angus Brand endorsed and monitored by the American Angus Association’s 28,000 cattle ranchers.

The winning team team will take home the Governor’s Cup, prize money and tremendous bragging rights.Trophies and prize money will also be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th runner ups. You are offered additional competition categories in parade, showmanship and pit construction. Please indicate on your entry form which categories your team would like to compete in.   We suggest you and your team bring your A game as your competition is sure to be well prepared!

We were recently notified that the World Championship Steak Cook-2013-WFC-Logo-Qualifying-Event-1-1off at the Magnolia Blossom Festival has been selected as an Automatic Qualifier for the 2017 World Food Championships!


In addition to these categories, you may also compete in our 7th Annual Southern Title & Closing Appetizer Challenge. Please send your separate entry form for this competition. A complete list of rules and entry forms are available on the left side of this page.

Please book your hotel room ASAP if you will need lodging, as our hotel rooms are limited. (Check our “About Magnolia” page for Hotel suggestions)

We look forward to seeing you at the 28th Annual World Championship Steak Cook-off®!

What’s at “STEAK” in this competition?
The Governor’s Trophy & Prize Money
totaling $10,000!

Overall Winner/1st Place –
Governor’s Trophy & $4000 prize money
1st Runner Up – Trophy & $2000
2nd Runner Up – Trophy & $1250
3rd Runner Up – Trophy & $750
4th Runner Up – Trophy & $500
Parade-Overall Winner/Showmanship-$500

Here are the winners of the 2016 27th Annual World Championship Steak Cook-Off:

Congratulations, Mr. Bryan Lewis with his team Bry-B-Q, of Texas; winners of $4,000, Governor’s Cup Trophy & Tremendous bragging rights!

Steak Cooking:Click Here for Steak Cook-off Ranking Results


Winner – $4,000 prize and the Governor’s Cup– Bry-B-Q/Bryan Lewis, McKinney, TX

First runner-up –$2,000 prize and trophy–Chuck Wagon/Chuck Evans, Linden, TX

Second runner-up — $1,250 prize and trophy–Trashy White Cookers/James Holland, Castor, LA

Third runner-up – $750 prize and trophy–Maw & Paw Grillers/Allen Newton, Thornton, AR

Fourth runner-up – $500 and trophy–Blowin Smoke Grillers/Johnny Joseph, W. Monroe, LA

Fifth-through ninth-place winners received certificates:
Fifth runner-up – Woods Place/Weston Woods, Camden, AR

Sixth runner-up – CMC Steel/Justin Barnes, Magnolia, AR

Seventh runner-up – Freeo Creek BBQ/Mike Elliott, Camden, AR

Eighth runner-up – T&T Grillers/Russell Thomas, Magnolia, AR

Ninth runner-up – Big Jon’s Big Eats/Jon Roger, Ruston, LA


Winner – Steak Busters

First runner-up – The Grillin’ Krewe

Second runner-up – Hometown Grillers

Third runner-up – Understeakers

Fourth runner-up – Circle L Chuckwagon


Winner — Steakbusters

First runner-up – Understeakers

Second runner-up — Hometown Grillers

Third runner-up — Mulerider Cook Team

Fourth runner-up — Albemarle

O.A. “Buddy” Franks Rig Construction:

Winner — Boogeyman BBQ

First runner-up – Dallas Cowboy Tailgate Nation

Second runner-up — When Ya Hot Ya Hot

Third runner-up – Blowin’ Smoke Grillers

Fourth runner-up – Plumb Good Steaks

2016 Southern Title & Closing Appetizer Challenge:
Click Here for Appetizer Challenge Ranking Results

Winner– $500 and trophy–Smoke Mafia/Luke Stroud, Henderson, TX

First runner-up —$200 and tropy–Fruit of the Loin/Scott James, Camden, AR

Second runner-up– $100 and trophy–Open Pit/Mike Gibson, Conway, AR



2017 Blossom Festival Beef Challenge…

                     Sponsored by the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association

 great fun with worthy rewards!

The Magnolia Blossom Festival’s Beef Challenge, sponsored by the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association, earns a $500 cash prize! (Check the Blossom Festival Beef Challenge page for more information on how to enter the 2017 Challenge.)

crowdPictured below, Creighton Bailey, Winner of the 2014 Blossom Festival Beef Challenge on left,  and on right, Food Network’s star Anthony Anderson presenting award.

Winner app challenge creighton bailey