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Swamp Boys on BBQ Pitmasters!

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
Jul 112014

I was honored when Swamp Boys was invited to be a part of the Big Poppa Smokers Elite Team. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Sterling Ball aka Big Poppa Smokers formed the team of like minded pro barbecuers from across the country who believe in Camaraderie, Collaboration, Competition, and Children’s Charity. It’s a great group that I am proud to be a part of.

What a lot of people don’t realize is that one of the main goals for the Elite Teams is to raise money for children’s charities. That is something Big Poppa Smokers has always been involved with on a big scale, and now they are giving us an opportunity to help out as well.


At the beginning of the year, each team chooses a charity that they will be competing for. I have chosen our local kidsPack. In short they help feed the less fortunate children here in Polk County. Surprisingly, almost three in every four students enrolled in Polk County public schools qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. In a Gallup poll, Polk County was ranked as the 3rd worst county in the country for child hunger. There is lots of need right here in our own community. 

So at the beginning of the season, Big Poppa Smokers starts each team off with $1,000 in their “account”. This is not for the team, but actually represents the minimum amount that team will be able to donate to their children’s charity at the end of the season. All during the season the Elite Teams will be competing against each other via points earned at each contest they cook, similar to team of the year points. At the end of the season the team with the most points will have an additional $5,000 dollars added by Big Poppa Smokers, making the winners minimum donation $6,000. I say minimum because BPS also awards each category winner for the season $2,500 to their account for donation. So in all BPS is putting up $30,000 for the Elite Teams to battle for, which all goes to children’s charities!  It’s a win-win: the Elite Teams get to battle all year in a virtual head to head format for bragging rights and raise awareness for their charities, and children’s charities across the country will benefit from the donations. Each one will receive a minimum of $1,000!

To keep up with the race, visit the BPS Elite Teams: Children’s Charity Points Race website. It’s always being updated so check back often. And soon it will have a map showing what the teams are doing to help kids through BBQ. It’s a great program and Swamp Boys is proud to be a part of it.

 Posted by at 12:20 am
Jul 072014

This class is taking place during the Days of ’47 celebration, and will precede the KCBS contest set for that weekend. Information and the application for the class in Midvale UT July 23-24, ’14 is below. Come out and take my class then put your new skills to use in the Days of 47 BBQ Showdown.

**There is a venue change for this class and the following Days of 47 BBQ Showdown. The new location is

Midvale City Park
425 W 6th Ave Midvale, UT 84047

Reserve your spot today, seating is limited. I’m looking forward to going to Utah!

Utah July Class Application

Details for Utah Class in July
 Posted by at 2:13 pm
Jul 062014

I’m happy to announce that there will be a Swamp Boys Q School held in Calhoun GA, July 12-13, ’14. The class will be held at the Calhoun KOA campground. The owner there has stated there will be special prices on campsites and cabins for Q School people. There will be a clubhouse available if the weather gets bad.

We will start at noon on Saturday and go until supper time taking breaks as needed. Around 6-7pm I will host a smoked prime rib dinner. I will provide the meat and potatoes and ask those in the class to bring a side dish or dessert to share with the group. After we eat class is over, but you are welcome to stay and socialize for a while. At 7:30am Sunday morning we will begin again and go until we are finished, usually around 2-3pm. I will stay until all questions have been answered. In addition to the supper, each student will also receive a class t-shirt and a goody-bag full of my sponsor’s products. The bag alone is usually worth $50-$100.

Calhoun Application

Calhoun Application

Calhoun Flyer

Calhoun Flyer

 Posted by at 2:53 pm
May 122014

This first year contest had a beautiful setting, downtown and on the yacht basin. As usual I was the last to come in, having to work a full day Friday. Being last-in paid off at this contest, I believe I got the prime spot.

The contest went well on my end, although I thought pork and brisket could have been better. And according to the judge’s scores I was right. I was blessed with a 2nd in chicken and ribs, a 5th in pork and a 6th in brisket. That was just good enough to land Grand Champion for the contest.

Great location.

Great location.



Waterfront property!

Waterfront property!

 Posted by at 6:48 pm
May 082014

Calhoun GA Swamp Boys Q School

I will be donating a $500 seat in my Calhoun GA Q School class. My 14 year old daughter is working on her Silver Award, the highest achievement for Girl Scout Cadettes. They are helping 2 local groups that help homeless and low income babies here in Winter Haven. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Scouts, who will donate 100% to The Mission ( and The Pregnancy Center (

 Posted by at 12:09 am