May 292013


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Swamp Boys on BBQ Pitmasters!

ABOUT: Swamp Boys BBQ is a Winter Haven FL based professional barbecue cook team, and now championship BBQ sauce producer. 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 5 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 were ranked #1 nationally again 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 45 Grand Championships and over 37 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 AZ, and 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
Oct 052016

**UPDATE 10/13**
I am really happy to announce the location of the class has been finalized. We will be set up behind the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, located at 2400 Havendale Boulevard, Winter Haven, FL. This beautiful location is the site of Winter Haven’s “Smoke on the Water” contest. We will be down at the lakefront on WH’s Chain of Lakes. 

Along with teaching chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket, I am adding in prime rib! Yes you will now be the BBQ genius of the neighborhood. 

I am also adding in an introduction to hot and fast smoking on drums. So you will have resources available on using gravity feeds, convection smokers, pellet smokers, stick burners, WSMs, and drums. That’s winning experience with 6 smoking methods. My techniques are adaptable to all types of pits.

PLUS: all students receive 10% off their Deep South Smoker purchase, and 20% off your Grizzly Coolers purchase. Be sure to check us out on the Grizzly website.

After many requests I am happy to announce that the next Q School will take place Nov. 11-12, in Winter Haven, FL. Exact location TBA.

BasicQSchoolI have 13+ years and over 300 pro competitions worth of experience to share. Not to mention nearly 100 combined Grand Championships and Reserve Grand Championships. I am a professional educator by trade so I can present the material to you in ways that work.

This class is appropriate for every level. The beginners might take 10 pages of notes, the more experienced will learn advanced techniques to help take you to the next level. There is something for everyone.

All students will be treated to a prime rib and potatoes supper, a goody bag full of useful supplies, all the championship bbq you care to eat on Saturday, and a personalized class t-shirt.

Here is a link to the application: November ’16 Q School

You can mail me a check to the address on the application, OR use PayPal:


 Posted by at 11:31 am
Oct 012016

A couple of years ago the Florida BBQ Association sanctioned a contest in Hobbs NM. The organizers and people of Hobbs bent over backwards to encourage anyone from FL to come out and cook their contest. I was fortunate enough to be offered the personal cook trailer of Mark Bateman of Putz Butz BBQ Team, who was also the organizer. He and his wife Jean, along with their crew of volunteers hosted a fantastic contest with the best hospitality, and those of us who went still talk about it today. We have remained friends with the Batemans and everyone else we met that weekend.putz-butts

Fast forward to now, and we are deeply saddened that Jean Bateman is suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis. It is currently incurable but we are not satisfied with that. I am putting up a seat for any of my Q Schools in the future. The next class is being held Nov. 11-12 in Winter Haven, FL. Click the PayPal link below to make a donation of $25 to help the Batemans, and help support the search for a cure. 100% of your donation will go to helping. Each $25 donation will earn you a chance in a drawing for a free seat in my class which is valued at $500. When we reach approximately $500 in donations I will have a drawing and notify the winner. Thanks for helping brothers and sisters in need!


 Posted by at 10:38 am
May 272016

I came up with this rub back in 2004 and have been using it ever since. It is the rub that helped me collect the most 1st place rib wins in the country over a 6 year period from 2004 – 2010 according to the now-retired National BBQ Rankings. This rub has been winning for 12 years.

  • Pairs great with pork, chicken, fish, and vegetables
  • Balanced salty, sweet, and savory notes, with a touch of heat, light smoky finish
  • Produces an amazing rich mahogany bark
  • Compliments Swamp Boys Original barbecue sauce perfectly
  • Gluten Free, no MSG
  • Email me for bulk pricing –

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 Posted by at 11:15 pm
May 202016

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Kregg Halbert has been a long time barbecue friend of mine from the beginning. He and his team “Naked Bones” are from Lakeland, about 12 miles away. Within the past two months Kregg and his family have learned that his 6 year old grandson Colton has Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Of course Colton’s mother (Kregg’s daughter) had to quit her job to be by her son’s side. Money will be tight. This is where we all come in.

I am putting up a seat for any of my Q Schools in the future. The next class is being held June 25-26 in Winter Haven, FL. Click the PayPal link to make a donation of $25 to Colton and his family to help with living expenses. Each $25 donation will earn you a chance in a drawing for a free seat in my class which is valued at $500. When we reach $500 in donations I will have a drawing and notify the winner. Thanks for helping Colton!

UPDATE: the drawing is over, thanks to all who contributed! If you missed it and still want to help you can go directly to their GoFundMe page linked below. Thanks again everyone!

Colton’s GoFundMe page

 Posted by at 10:19 am