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ABOUT: Swamp Boys BBQ is a Winter Haven FL based professional barbecue cook team. I began competing as a “pro” in 2004, was a Top 5 team in the Florida BBQ Association (FBA) in 2006 and 2007, was Team of the Year in 2008 and 2009, and have been in the top 3 since then. We were ranked the #1 team in the country for 67 straight weeks, including all of 2009, by the National BBQ Rankings. We have been ranked #1 nationally again here in 2013. We compete primarily in the southeast – FL, AL, GA, SC, NC and TN in both FBA and KCBS contests. We have won over 40 Grand Championships and over 30 Reserve Grand Championships. We won the World Championship in Pork Shoulder. I was hired to go to Brazil on 2 different occasions to train and help open that country’s first ever American-Style Barbecue restaurant. I have taught professional BBQ classes from FL to IL to hundreds of people from all over the country and Canada. I’ve been a spokesman for Kingsford Charcoal at the Daytona Firecracker 400 and the Steve Harvey Show. We’ve been selected to compete in Season 4 of the TV show BBQ Pitmasters. There are many more honors. But to sum it up short and sweet, we’ve been blessed.

CATERING: Besides competing, we also offer world class barbecue catering on a limited basis. Let me provide the best barbecue you’ve ever had for your next event – party, wedding, graduation – whatever. All of our meats are slow smoked the old fashioned way on wood & charcoal burning pits. I use combinations of pecan, cherry, oak, & hickory to smoke the meats from 4 to 16 hours, depending on the cut. The end product is far above & beyond anything you’ve ever had at a “BBQ” restaurant. Guaranteed.

Call or email me today to reserve your date & discuss your menu. Or better still, come visit me at a Barbecue Competition & you can sample some.

My BBQ Catering mission is not to be the cheapest.
It is to be the BEST.

Rob ‘Rub’ Bagby

*Scroll Below For Current Events*


 Posted by at 9:29 am
Jan 152015


Just over a year ago I was invited by Sterling Ball (aka Big Poppa) to become one of Big Poppa Smokers “Elite Teams”. It was an honor then and one that I am still just as proud of today. In fact even more so. You see besides having access to the best rubs and barbecue stuff on the planet, the Elite Teams get to be a part of something that is even bigger. Something that is close to Big Poppa’s heart and believe it or not, even more important than barbecue – helping children in need.


big poppa smokers logo (1)At the end of the year Big Poppa Smokers makes a minimum of a $1,000 donation to each team’s chosen children’s charity on behalf of the team. I am proud to announce that last week $1,000 (of $1,500 total) was donated to my chosen charity, This privately funded group packs food for specially identified children to take home on the weekends, and serves as sustenance when they otherwise would have none. All right here in Polk County. And because of the donations we were able to collect earlier in the year, and the money that BPS has given, kidsPACK was able to include the school where I teach in their weekly service. I am blessed to be a part of this. A sincere thank you to Sterling and Big Poppa Smokers for making this possible. Also a sincere thank you to all of the people who answered my call for donations earlier in the year (aka Swamp Boys Nation). It is a great feeling to be associated with people who care, I love you guys.


 Posted by at 5:03 pm
Jan 042015

I am happy to announce that Swamp Boys Q School has been invited to teach Q School the Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 25th-26th) prior to the 6th Annual Lake Havasu Music Brews & BBQ Championship.

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Deadline to sign up is Feb. 9!


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 Posted by at 1:22 pm
Dec 202014

The date is set, the location is Winter Haven, FL. Exactly where in WH TBA. I hope you’ll be able to join us!

I now have a location, and it’s just outside of Winter Haven. For those flying in it is 55 minutes from Tampa International and 70 minutes from Orlando International Airports. We will be at the American Legion in Mulberry FL which is the location of “Fine Swine” bbq contest. This is a nice venue with lots of room. There is limited hook-ups for your own motorhome or trailer if you want to stay onsite. Message me for details. There is a Super 8 motel 5 minutes away (863) 425-2500 or a Holiday Inn Express that is 13 minutes away (863) 533-8070. The address of the American Legion is 1500 N Church Ave, Mulberry, FL 33860

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 Posted by at 1:00 pm
Nov 032014

Swamp Boys Q School will hit the road in March and head up to Ankeny Iowa. The class will be held March 14-15 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 215 NE Delaware Ave, where rooms are $89. We need 20 people to commit with a $100 deposit by Feb. 1 for the class to take place. Deposits will be refunded if cancelled. Let’s make it happen Iowa!

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 Posted by at 8:50 pm
Oct 202014

If you didn’t see me online looking for donations for our local kidsPack charity several weeks ago I don’t know how I missed you. I’m sure I was borderline (if not downright) annoying day after day asking for donations of Chef Boyardee microwavable cans and money – to buy more cans. But it was all for a great cause, and also one that is important to me. kidspack

Swamp Boys is part of Big Poppa Smokers “Elite Team”. To see what that means you can read my entry here. Our chosen charity that we compete for is kidsPack, so when there is a local FBA BBQ contest that is hosted by kidsPack, and is a fundraiser for kidsPack, you’d better believe we are all in.


kidpackAlong with the regular bbq contest there is also a “People’s Choice” contest, and the team that can bring the the most cans of Chef Boyardee to be distributed to the kids in need, wins. We won it the first year. We were defending this year. There were rumors of 2,500 cans needed to win this year. After everything was tallied Oct. 4, the Swamp Boys Nation had amassed a whopping 4,000 cans! Unfortunately that was only good enough for 2nd place, BPCK took 1st with 4,500 cans. In total there were over 13,000 cans brought in that weekend which was an amazing amount. Enough to feed all of the children in our area for a month’s worth of weekends. While we didn’t collect the most cans, I know we were all pushing each other to collect more and more. The competition was great.

Speaking of competition, the BBQ part went really well. I managed 3 top ten calls (2nd, 7th, 2nd) out of 39 pro teams which was enough to eek out a Grand Championship! Super happy about that! And thanks to my great sponsors who help make this all possible.

 Posted by at 10:43 pm