he Road Grub Throwdown is a series of food competitions held at some of the largest motorsports rallies in the country. Competitors pit their culinary kung fu against each other in their choice of one or more events held during each day of the rally in question. You don’t need to bring your own rig; just ride up with a bag of ingredients, fire up your grill at go-time, and cook up your creation for the judges before time runs out. We even provide the grills for you to cook on.

Chili cook-offs and outdoor cooking are a good part of the motorcycle life and our competitions bring them together in a unique opportunity for the outdoor and culinary markets to reach tons of interested riders who love to cook and eat outside. Our 2021 event takes place at the Deadwood Rodeo Complex during the legendary Sturgis rally in South Dakota.

A Road Grub Throwdown consists of 10-15 contestants cooking food for time to be judged both by a panel of three judges. The panel consists of two culinary professionals and a well-known custom motorcycle builder or other motorcycle personality. The theme for each day changes; one day may be steak, one may be hot wings. Regardless, our goal is to have competitions you won’t find anywhere else, so expect the unexpected.

Each entrant gets a 10×10-foot space for setup and uses the outdoor cookers and utensils provided. Prizes are awarded for the top three entries in each competition, each day. A Grand Prize is also awarded at the end of the five days.

Additionally, we’re also holding daily eating competitions on stage and cocktail competitions as well.

If that’s not enough, be sure to check out stage demos by our sponsors, spotlights on local businesses, and browse all the killer toys and grub items in our vendor areas. And keep an eye on our website and subscribe to our newsletter as new attractions at the show are being added all the time.

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Meet the Team

Mark Masker

Mark has written for national motorcycle magazines and websites including Hot Bike, Street Chopper, Baggers, and ATV Rider for almost two decades. In 2010, he branched into food writing for Dave DeWitt’s Fiery Foods & Barbecue Central, creating content for both that brand and burn-blog.com, of which he is the managing editor. He’s also a KCBS certified barbecue judge. In 2014, he started entering food competitions. Through his work at the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show as well as his own competing, he’s learned about producing a food show.