Team Registration

Team registration requires payment by credit card at the time of registration. Smokin' on the Rio no longer accepts "mail-in" registration forms. If you need assistance registering, please contact us at 956-202-2320.

Team registration opens December 15th.

Team Information

This event is sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association (IBCA) and all applicable rules and policies apply in addition to local event requirements. Smokin’ on the Rio has increased its team recognition efforts to $30,000 in cash and prizes.There are four meats in the IBCA events to include Fajitas (no IBCA points), Chicken, Pork Spare Ribs, and Brisket.  These will qualify for Cash Award prizes listed below.  Additional events include three jackpot events to include Beans, Pan De Campo and Carne Guisada.  Jackpot category winners will receive a percentage of entry fees for each jackpot category.

IBCA Events
  • Chicken
  • Pork Spare Ribs
  • Brisket
Additional Meat
  • Fajitas
    (no IBCA Points will be 
    awarded for this category and

    will not be counted as part of
    Grand or Res. Grand Champion)
Jackpot Events
  • Beans
  • Pan De Campo
  • Carne Guisada

 Cash Prizes:

Overall Awards
Grand Champion - $2,500
Reserve Grand Champion - $2,000 
3rd Overall - $1,500
4th Overall - $1,000
5th Overall - $750
6th Overall - $250
7th Overall - $250
8th Overall - $250
9th Overall - $250
10th Overall - $250
Category Awards
(Brisket, Pork Spare Ribs, Chicken, Fajitas)
1st Place - $1,500
2nd Place - $1,250
3rd Place - $1,000
4th Place - $850
5th Place - $650
6th to 10th Place - $250

Important Team Information

Please read the information below carefully.
  • Returning teams from 2017 will be able to select a site on a first-come-first-served basis for a short period of time. Then sites will be open to others.
  • Team check-in times will be Thursday 12:00PM – 7:00 PM and Friday 8:00AM – 6:30PM.  All teams must be checked in Friday by 6:30 PM.
  • Only one vehicle will be allowed at each campsite during the event.
  • No ice or alcohol will be allowed in during the event.  Ice and Beer will be sold to cooking teams at a discounted price.
  • No pets, golf carts, or ATV vehicles will be allowed on the grounds.
  • Each team will be provided a 40’ x 40’ campsite.
  • Electricity and water will be available on a first come first served basis.  Make sure you bring plenty of extension cords and water hoses.  No guarantee on amperage/load.
  • Propane burners can only be used for cooking beans.
  • Multiple pits are allowed as long as you do not exceed the space provided.
  • Generators are allowed, but your campsite will be issued far away from the other teams and the public.
  • Gates will be closed to all team vehicle traffic (in or out) Friday from 6:30PM – 12:00AM.  Gates will be open for team vehicle access on Saturday from 12:00AM – 8:00AM.   Gates will be closed to all vehicle traffic (including team vehicles in or out) Saturday from 8:00AM – 8:00PM.
  • Random meat inspections will be done on Friday from 3-7 PM.
  • Head Cooks Meeting: Saturday 8:30 AM at the Event Center
  • Carne Guisada and Pan de Campo check in will be Friday night from 5:00PM – 6:00PM in the Action Spot.  Entry fee is $50 for each event.
  • Beans has been moved to the Jackpot event.  Beans turn-in time remains on Saturday schedule.
  • Teams wanting to participate in the Chorizo Jackpot can do so by turning in their $50 entry fee at the Head Cooks Meeting.  You will be issued the chorizo at the time of entry.
  • No IBCA points awarded for Fajitas and will not be counted toward Grand & Res. Grand Champion.
  • Concert (or concert tickets) are not included in team registration.  Concert tickets sold separately.

Turn In Times

Friday Night
  • Pan de Campo Jackpot 7:30 PM
  • Carne Guisada Jackpot 8:00 PM
  • Chorizo Jackpot 9:00 AM
  • Fajitas 10:00 AM (no IBCA points & not counted for Grand/Res.)
  • Beans Jackpot 11:00 AM
  • Chicken 12:00 PM
  • Pork Spare Ribs 2:00 PM
  • Brisket 4:00 PM
Awards: approximately 6:30 PM on Main Stage
For complete rules and regulations please visit the IBCA website at

Smokin' on the Rio

Smokin’ on the Rio State Championship BBQ Cook-Off was established in 2004 by a group of local businessmen with the goal of raising money in support of youth agricultural projects in the Rio Grande Valley.