Perham Lakes Area Rib & Chicken Cook-Off

Each year, cookers from around the region gather for a grilling show in Perham. Each team has the opportunity to face off in a rib AND a chicken competition. Preliminary judges conduct a blind taste test for each entry and send the top six to the final round of judges. After another round of blind taste testing, the winners are confirmed!

Click Here for Rib Cook Off Application

Click Here for Rib Cook Off Rules

The event is open to the public. People are encouraged to come chat with the cookers during the day – they might just share their secret recipes! Concessions are available throughout the day with a serving line available after the judging is completed. Everyone is able to sample the ribs and chicken from all of the cookers, along with a variety of sides.

  • Location: 200 Block on West Main Street, Perham.
  • Music & Beverages throughout the day.
  • Feasting time is 1pm till gone!
  • All proceeds go to Perham YellowJacket Activities
  • Contact: Mike Peterson 218-849-8466 /

2019 Winners:


  • First – Blue Smoke, Fargo
  • Second – KPM, Perham
  • Third – Bully BBQ, Staples
  • Fourth – Ottertail Tents, Perham
  • Fifth – Bone Pile, Perham


  • First – Bully BBQ, Staples
  • Second – Blue Smoke, Fargo
  • Third – Smoke Jumpers, Moorhead