The RUBA Cup Returns

The Clem Family invites y'all to the 7th Annual RUBA Cup BBQ Shootout at Clear Rock Ranch, April 29th - May 1st, 2016!

Featuring some of the best BBQ Teams in the State of Texas...and the RUBA team! We hope you can join us for a weekend of BBQ, music, and fun.

Please RSVP (using the form below) as soon as possible so we know to hold a spot for you.

We look forward to seeing you!
- The Clems

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 29th, 2016
The cooks set up their smokers in the Clear Rock corral Friday afternoon.  There is an informal supper at about 6:00 for the cooks and guests followed by karaoke. Work up a favorite song, and show us what you’ve got!           

Afternoon Come watch the cooks set up
6:00pm Supper
7-9pm Karaoke

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
The BBQ cooks start their fires after supper on Friday and work through the night. The Hill Country Ramblers will serenade on Saturday afternoon while a jury of seven judges samples and rates each entry to determine the winner. 
The trophy and prize money will be awarded around 5:30 PM., followed by dinner and music by Hot Texas Swing Band. This is a very informal event in the famously scruffy Hill Country, so dress comfortably. Boots, hats and Texas two-step moves are welcome.

12:30 Light Lunch
3:00 BBQ Chicken Judging
4:00 BBQ Pork Rib Judging
5:00 BBQ Brisket Judging
6:00 Dinner and Music

Sunday, May 1st, 2016
You are welcome to return to the ranch on Sunday morning for coffee and a light breakfast. Tours of the Ranch will be available to see the animals, or you can hike the trails.  The trails are rocky so bring a pair of sturdy walking shoes or boots.  The weather should be mild and sunny; but you never know in the Hill Country!

8am Onwards Coffee, Juice, Pastries
Ranch Tours & Walking Tours


1224 Clear Rock Ranch Road
Johnson City, TX 78636

From Austin
From San Antonio

* Our mailing and GPS address uses Johnson City. GPS may list our address as in Henly, Johnson City, Blanco, or Dripping Springs depending on your system.


RSVP Here:

Name *
Will we see you at Ruba Cup 2016? *
NOTE: We regret that we cannot include children or pets at this event because of limited space in the corral and very hot BBQ rigs.
Your cellphone number will help us reach you if needed


There are many hotels in Austin where you can enjoy the city and its nightlife/music scene. You should allow for 1-hour driving time from downtown to the ranch. To stay closer to the ranch, try these options:

Holiday Inn Express
4892 Hwy 290 West
Austin, TX 78735

10 Rooms are being held:
Group Name: RUBA CUP BBQ
Group Code: RC 2

Guests can make reservation online or by phone calling 1-512-891-9500 To get the discount rate, reservations must be made before March 28.

Hillside Acres Retreat
4032 Ranch Road 3232
Johnson City, TX

[All Cabins are reserved. Please email Kathy Clem at for info]

Additional Local Hotels:


2012 RUBA CUP Video

Take a peek at the highlights from a past RUBA Cup: