Category Archives: Cooking Contests

Family Cookbook Project Co-Founder takes 2nd place at regional BBQ Competition

Family Cookbook Project Co-Founder, Chip Lowell took second place in the AW Shucks Country Store BBQ Competition at the RVA R.I.M.B.Y Festival (Right In My Back Yard) in Virginia.

This festival is about Building Community and Encouraging Adventure and benefited Beyond Boundaries, a Richmond-based non-profit specializing in guiding participants with disabilities on outdoor adventures. The inaugural adventure festival featured an archery range, Segway and electric bike rides, a fly casting demo, fish and reptile encounters, a bike repair station and outdoor gear demos. There was also live music by East of Blue Ridge, food and drinks, local beers and of course the BBQ competition.

The BBQ Competition featured Carolina Pulled Pork. Chip brought his large Green Egg smoker and slow cooked his Boston Butt to perfection. He also added wine braised smoked short ribs and spicy baked beans with apple to complete his entry.

The judges awarded Chip second place overall for his efforts and he is already looking forward to competing again next year.

Chip uses his BBQ expertise to manage the popular Facebook Group BBQRibsRecipes.

Signature Sauces Recipe Contest

Do you have a pasta sauce, soup, salsa or barbecue sauce recipe you love? Maybe one that’s been passed down in your family or is a new creation of your own? They’ll test your recipes and you just might win $1000 for your culinary creation!

Signature Sauces is searching for the Best Pasta Sauces, Barbecue Sauces, Soups, and Salsas Across the U.S. The company was born out of passion for food, the fine art of preparing consistent authentic family recipes for the restaurant and food service industry.


  • 50 percent based on taste
  • 25 percent for the contestant’s tribute to their recipe creation or the story and tradition of the recipe
  • 25 percent on the ease of recipe/adherence to the guidelines

You need to  include Detailed, step-by-step preparation instructions, list each ingredient in exact common U.S. household measurements and order of use in making the Recipe, Indicate cooking times and number of servings. The ingredients list must be 15 ingredients or less and ingredients must be easy to find in grocery stores or online and not cost prohibitive.

You will include a short story/paragraph or detail of the recipe, and mention if it came from a family recipe or why it fits within a certain region of the United States and a photo of you, and if you have one, a photo of the recipe’s creator or namesake.

You can submit as many recipes as you’d like.

Each winner (10) will receive $1000 in the following categories:

  • Four Pasta Sauce Winners
  • Two Soup Winners
  • Two Barbecue Sauce Winners
  • Two Salsa Winners

Deadline to enter this recipe contest is August 15th 2019.

Visit the Contest Page for complete details and to enter.


Earn Money with Recipe Contests

We published a post about Making Money with Your Recipes that provided hints on how to enter recipe contests. Here is a list of recipe contests with deadline in August  that you might want to consider entering.

Hellmann’s Taste of America Challenge – create barbecue dishes that represent your state, region, home town, or culture. This could be Louisiana Barbecue Brisket slathered in a spicy Hellmann’s Real Ketchup sauce or Street-Style Corn Elotes with a tangy, creamy Hellmann’s sauce, or a new creation. It is entirely up to you. All that we ask is that you include a condiment from the Hellmann’s range and it belongs at a barbecue.
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: June 23, 2019 at 23:00 EST

Sutter Home Build A Better Burger Recipe Contest – 2019 –
Prize Details: The Grand-Prize Winner will receive $25,000 cash. Five (5) National Finalist Prizes: Trip to finals cook-off at Sutter Home Winery in St. Helena, CA. Twenty (20) Semi-Finalist Prizes: Trip to regional cook-off.
Deadline: July 31, 2019

California Strawberry Commission #GetSnackingChallenge – Share your original strawberry snack ideas on Instagram. Your post must include: A photo of your snack, The name of your snack, for example “Strawberry Toasties”, Include in the caption: #GetSnackingChallenge and @castrawberries
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: August 31, 2019 (with monthly winners as well)

Pasta Pioneer Challenge – Create and post a delicious, Italian-inspired recipe using Explore Cuisine pasta products on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Prize: Trip for 2 to Italy
Deadline: November 28, 2019



Got a great burger recipe? You could win $25,000!

In 1990, Sutter Home set out on a mission to pair their wines with America’s favorite food – the burger, and uncorked the wine industry’s first major recipe contest: Build a Better Burger®.  

Their expert panel of judges will review and select the top four competitors in each of the five regions.  These Semi-Finalists will each participate in a live cook-off event and the winners will go on to compete at the National Finals at the beautiful Sutter Home Winery in Napa Valley, California.

Burgers will be scored on Taste, Creativity, Ease of Preparation & Wine Pairing, and the Grand-Prize Winner will take home a $25,000 cash prize.

See last year’s winning recipes and grab the latest copy of your family Cookbook Project for your best burger recipe and go here to submit your own recipe!

Ready for a family food fight?

ABCABC’s “Family Food Fight” is on a search for the most food-savvy families in the country and could be coming to a city near you! Don’t miss out on the opportunity for your family to serve up some delicious dishes and crazy competition. Based on Australia’s hit format and hosted by restaurateur, food maven and New York Times best-selling cookbook author Ayesha Curry, “Family Food Fight” will feature eight families from across the country sharing a common kitchen and a common goal: to claim the title of America’s No. 1 Food Family and take home a $100,000 cash prize. Family teams will pull out their best culinary moves in the kitchen, serving up authentic family dishes and drama. Tapping into each family’s uniquely diverse cultural heritage, along with their countless culinary influences, “Family Food Fight” will take homestyle cooking to a new level as family recipes rich in tradition and shared over generations are put on display. Calling all home cooks – do you and your family dominate in the kitchen? Whether you enjoy cooking delightful desserts or a fancy feast, incredible Italian food or a great tasting burger, we want to hear from you! If you think your family has what it takes to become America’s No. 1 Food Family, fill in the pre-registration form, cook your favorite dish and head down to an open call. Please visit for complete details on how to apply. Families must consist of three or more members to participate. All family members planning to compete must be at least 18 years old and should be home cooks and related in some way. Must be a legal U.S. resident; other eligibility requirements apply.  

Recipe Contests for With August Deadlines

We published a post about Making Money with Your Recipes that provided hints on how to enter recipe contests. Here is a list of recipe contests with deadline in August  that you might want to consider entering.


Taste of Home Cookout, Grill & BBQ Recipe Contest toh-logo-red

Grab the tongs and pull out your juiciest recipes. Go for the grill marks on veggies, fruit and buttery pound cake. And hey, Texas, Carolina, Memphis and KC, time to stake your claim to the mightiest ‘cue in the land. If you’ve got a sizzlin’ recipe with 12 ingredients tops, pass it this way. You could win cash and the spotlight in an upcoming issue of Taste of Home.
One Grand Prize winner will be awarded $500.00; One winner each for first place $250.00; second place $150.00; third place winner $75.00.
Deadline: August 5, 2016
Prize: One Grand Prize winner will be awarded $500.00; One winner each for first place $250.00; second place $150.00; third place winner $75.00.

Maple Leaf Farms 2016 ‘Strut Your Duck’ Recipe Contest Strut-Your-Duck-Logo-2015

They are looking for creative, original recipes using Maple Leaf Farms duck products.
Deadline: August 31, 2016
Prize: One Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $5,000.00 and free Maple Leaf Farms duck products for a year. One First Place Runner-Up Winner will be awarded $2,500.00. One Second Place Runner-Up Winner will be awarded $1,000.00. One People’s Choice Award Winner for favorite duck dish will be awarded $250.00.

“Mionetto Cocktail Challenge” presented by Food & Winemionetto

Submit your cocktail recipe by selecting the type of prosecco to be used and providing your original recipe for your cocktail.
Deadline: August 31, 2016

Prize: One Consumer Grand Prize includes trip for winner and one guest to Italy.

One Bartender Grand Prize includes a feature in Food & Wine Magazine for the Bartender Grand Prize winner.

The three Consumer Finalists and three Bartender Finalists will attend the Finalist Challenge at the FOOD & WINE Test Kitchen in New York City to compete in a live cocktail challenge.

Bill Rice is Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories.


Recipes Contests With July Deadlines

Last week we published a post about Making Money with Your Recipes that provided hints on how to enter recipe contests. Here is a list of recipe contests with deadline in July that you might want to consider entering.


Mooney Farms Recipe Contest BellaSunLuciLogo

Submit your original recipe including one (1) or more of Mooney Farms Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomato Products.

Deadline: July 1, 2016

Prize: One Grand Prize, cash prize of $2,500, 2nd place cash prize of $500, 3rd place prize Mooney Farms gourmet gift basket.


Budweiser Bud and Burgers Contest BudandBurgers

Red-hot competition, ice-cold Budweiser, and of course, the juiciest burgers in America. It’s time to assemble your squad and compete for the championship. 50 with highest vote will proceed to the judging phase.

Deadline: July 16, 2016 11:59 a.m.

Prize: Up to four (4) Grand Prizes: Each Squad winner will receive a trip for Squad winner and one (1) guest to Las Vegas, Nevada. Four (4) Finalist Prizes: Each Finalist Squad member will receive a trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to participate in the Finalist Event to be held on September 4, 2016.

Sutter Home’s Build a Better Burger® Contest 2016 SH-2015-BBB-4C-Logo

Sutter Home is asking you to submit your best burger recipe to pair with your favorite wine.
Deadline: July 31, 2016
Prize: The Grand-Prize Winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize. The other four (4) Top Finalists will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.


Bill Rice is Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories.


Making Money with Your Recipes

Recipe-Contests1Are you really creative when it comes to creating interesting new food combinations? Would you like to make some money cooking, not to mention earning some fame and recognition for your abilities in the kitchen?

Then maybe entering recipes contests might be for you!

Each year hundreds of companies host competitions for creating recipes using their products. It’s a great way to raise awareness of a particular food, like the Gnarly Head Ribs Recipe Contest or a cooking style, like the Taste of Home Healthy in 30 minutes Recipe Contest (healthy dishes taking less than 30 minutes to prepare).

Here are some tips on how you can become an “Award-winning” recipe creator:

Know the deadline: Most recipe competitions have a specific deadline that you have to submit before. Miss it and your recipe won’t even be considered.

Make sure you’re eligible: Some cooking contests are only for individuals of a specific state, age group or subscribers of the sponsoring magazine. Know who can win before you spend the time creating.

Don’t submit something you found on the Internet: If it is not yours, don’t enter it. If you started with a standard recipe and changed it, you should be ok.

Include a photo: Food always looks better in a photo than on a list of ingredients and directions. Show your food off for the recipe judges and you’ll increase your chances to win.

Know what the prize is:  A recipe contest with a $5,000 first prize will have a lot more competition than one with a $500 prize or a Kindle for the winner. All are fun to win, but expect the bigger the prize, the more work you will have to put in to have a winning recipe entry.

Have fun: At the end of the day, you want to have fun making new recipes and entering recipe contests. Remember,I don’t know anyone who makes a living at winning recipe competitions.

Save your recipes: You might only select one of two recipes to submit to a particular recipe competition, but you might stumble across several recipes that your family and friends may love. Use to store your recipes and pull them up later when it’s time to feed your family something new!

Bill Rice is Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

Sweetest Family Secrets Contest

Lucky-LeafLucky Leaf, a fruit filling company, is sponsoring a “Sweetest Family Secrets” recipe contest.

To enter the first round, just submit your secret recipe (it must use 1 can of LUCKY LEAF pie filling) between November 16 and December 13. In the second round,they will choose 20 finalists and highlight them for popular vote from December 29 – January 24.  The top-voted finalist will win the grand prize package worth $3,000: $1,500 towards new kitchen gear – like baking sets, appliances and utensils – and $1,500 cash to sweeten up your holiday.!

10 finalists will also win a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer, a lifetime membership to and a one-year supply of LUCKY LEAF pie filling.

To enter and see complete details, go to the Lucky Leaf Contest Page and fill submit your recipe using the form on the right side of the page.



Wanted: Grandparents who cook


Cooking Channel’s hit show needs Grandmas and Grandpas for Season 3!! You (or someone you know) could be featured on the series The New Yorker calls “charming” and Parade Magazine calls “maybe the best (cooking show) on TV”.

They are looking for…
Grandmothers and Grandfathers
All ethnicities anywhere in America
50 to 100 years old
Big personalities who can cook delicious dishes
Real characters: warm, fun, outgoing, eccentric, lovable, sweet, fiery, or even curmudgeonly
Great families
Accents and English as a second language not a problem


If you know someone who might be who they are looking for, go to the website and complete the simple application. It does not cost anything to try and you might get your grandmother on a TV show!