May 292013
 


Swamp Boys on BBQ Pitmasters!

ABOUT: Swamp Boys are a Winter Haven FL based team, and now also championship BBQ sauce and rub 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, 2009, and 2017 Team of the Year. I was inducted into the Florida BBQ Association Hall of Fame and was given Lifetime Membership. We were ranked the #1 team in the country for 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 64 professional Grand Championships and 50 Reserve Grand Championships. I was hired to go to Brazil 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, even The Hague, Netherlands. Hundreds of people from all over the country, Canada, and Europe have attended. I’ve been a spokesman for Kingsford Charcoal at the Daytona Firecracker 400 and the Steve Harvey Show. We competed in two episodes in Season 4 of the TV show BBQ Pitmasters. There are many more honors. But to sum it up, 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.

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Rob ‘Rub’ Bagby
rub@swampboys.com
863-206-9363

 

*Scroll Below For Current Events*

 Posted by at 9:29 am
Jun 052019
 

Due to lots of requests, I have scheduled my next Q School for June 22-23, 2019. It will be held behind the Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club located at 2400 Havendale Blvd, Winter Haven FL. We will be set up lakeside. There will be a CCTV setup so everyone sees everything easily.

Class begins at noon on Saturday and goes until dinner time when you are treated to a smoked prime rib meal with all of the fixin’s. Afterwards you can shoot the breeze around the campfire, or retire for the night. Sunday morning we start back at 7:30 and there will be biscuits and gravy, and coffee. You will also get to sample chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket on Sunday – no one goes hungry! Class typically ends around 3-3:30pm or when all the questions have been answered.

These classes typically sell out so register early. $600 includes everything and some swag. Verified teammates $400, discounts on multiple teammates. Spouse $300. Pay by check to the address on the application. CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

To pay by credit card use the below link. Note – you do NOT have to have a PayPal account to use the link. Credit card fees are included in the total.


Swamp Boys Q School



 Posted by at 2:11 pm
Jun 052019
 

FUNDRAISER IS SOLD OUT! THANK YOU!

I am soliciting donations to our Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club here in Winter Haven by giving away a seat to my BBQ Class, Swamp Boys Q School. My next class is being held June 22-23, but the winner can redeem it for any class in the future. Click the PayPal link to make a donation of $25 or more for the Winter Haven Citrus Center Boys and Girls Clubs. Each $25 donation will earn you a chance in a drawing for a free seat in my class which is valued at $600. This will stay open until the donations hit $1,000 for the kids. I will have a live Facebook drawing (Rub Bagby) and notify the winner. I will give a check for 100% of money donated to our Citrus Center Boys and Girls Clubs, and Swamp Boys will cover the PayPal fees.

As an added bonus this time, if you donate and don’t win, I will discount your entry to the class by the amount you donated, up to $150! Sorry, not applicable to prior donations. Thanks for helping the kids and good luck!

This FUNDRAISER has closed, thank you for your support!

 

There are still seats available in the class, click here for more info.

 Posted by at 2:04 pm
Apr 262019
 

I’m helping a good friend of mine sell his beautiful BBQ trailer. He runs his own business and is slammed for the foreseeable future. This is a sweet rig, with very little use. It has been parked for about a year.

Email me if you have any questions.

2015 28’ Becker Custom Competition Trailer https://www.beckercustomtrailers.com/

8.5’ wide, 7’ ceiling
Tandem 6000lb torsion 8 lug Dexter axles
7000 watt Onan Generator
50 amp service
3M screwless siding
40 gallon clean and 75 gallon gray water tanks
Full 3 bay sink
15’ electric awning
13500 BTU low profile Dometic AC/Heat
4000lb electric tongue jack
Rubber coin flooring inside
Steel diamond plate on porch
Custom SS Unknown BBQ gravity feed smoker

$36k with smoker, $32k without
Message me with questions

 Posted by at 11:59 am
Feb 122019
 

I have one seat left for my March 2-3 Q School, and I’m using as an incentive to raise money for the Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club. My next class is being held March 2-3, but the winner can redeem it for any class in the future. Click the PayPal link to make a donation of $25 for the Winter Haven Citrus Center Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs. Each $25 donation will earn you a chance in a drawing for a free seat in my class which is valued at $500. This will stay open until it hits $1,000 for the kids. I will have a live Facebook drawing (Rub Bagby) and notify the winner. I will give a check for 100% of money donated to our Citrus Center Boys and Girls Clubs,  and Swamp Boys will cover the PayPal fees. Thanks for helping the kids and good luck!

AS OF 7:55am Feb. 13 WE ARE SOLD OUT!
You can still donate to the Club via
the
PayPal button below but your name
will not be in the drawing.

How many?


Great for all skill levels, from beginner to winner

 Posted by at 5:38 pm
Jan 302019
 

Eat with Swamp Boys!

If you enjoy BBQ and you live in or near Central Florida, consider yourself blessed. There are a lot of Florida BBQ Association (FBA) and Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) contests throughout the year for you, and you can find out about them from the websites I’ve listed. If you’ve never been to one they can be a little hard to figure out. Let me try to help.

Parking can be a challenge, but don’t let it be. At Smoke on the Water this weekend in Winter Haven, they have free satellite parking. That is the way to go. A free shuttle service will be running back and forth all weekend. Look for the Satellite Parking signs on Havendale Boulevard. This is a great way to avoid the stress of finding a spot to park.

It is important to understand that the majority of contests are organized and put on by volunteers, and they are usually raising money for local charities. If you’re not sure and want to know, ask someone or check their website. If you’re asked to pay for parking or to pay to get in, know that it is likely benefiting a local charity. And helping those in need is a good thing. That said, the majority are free to enter.

Now you’re inside the gate, and the wonderful smells of hickory smoke, juicy pork and chicken, and succulent beef are filling the air. Your stomach rumbles and you’re ready to eat. The first thing you’ll want to do is buy some of the designated money/currency for the event. Since most are fundraisers, most make you pay for everything you buy in “_______ – Bucks”. The blank could be PIG, BBQ, CROWN JEWEL, or anything else. For now we’ll call them BBQ Bucks. Find the area where they are being sold and buy some. It is $1 for 1 BBQ Buck. Vendors are not allowed to take your cash money, they must take BBQ Bucks. The vendors turn in their BBQ Bucks at the end of the event and get paid $0.80 on the dollar. This is one way the charities make money from the event. BBQ Bucks are non-refundable so keep that in mind.

With your bucks in hand, it’s time to start sampling the foods now. Sometimes there are literally dozens and dozens of choices, like at Lakeland Pig Fest last week or Winter Haven’s Smoke on the Water this weekend. Sometimes there are only 5 or 6 choices. Know that some vendors will be much, much better than others. Pitmasters love to show off their accomplishments with trophies and/or banners on display. Unfortunately not all vendors are 100% honest with their advertising. Just because the signs are 75′ up in the air, doesn’t mean their food is great. So who do you go to? Ask around. Ask the other teams who aren’t selling their food where they would go eat, and who they would avoid. They know, and they will be honest with you. Life’s too short for bad BBQ. Educate yourself on where to spend your BBQ Bucks.

Besides great food, there may also be live music, craft vendors, car shows, cornhole tournaments, cooking demos, water ski shows, seaplane rides, auctions, 50/50 raffles, and who knows what else. BBQ contests usually offer All-American fun stuff to do and see. Make sure you get around to see everything. BBQ contests give the host towns a chance to shine and celebrate their community. 

If you have the time, stick around until 5pm Saturday and watch the BBQ awards show, usually at the main stage. For most teams, this is the reason they are at the contest. Teams can spend anywhere from $900 – $1500 and up to enter a single contest. Most are onsight for a minimum of 24 hours and up to 60 hours. A contest can be a major investment of time and money. The teams turn in chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket at predetermined times. Tables of certified judges score the entries in a double blind format, so they don’t know whose food they are judging. The highest scores for each category win money and trophies. The team with the highest total score of all categories among the teams wins Grand Champion (GC). The second highest score wins Reserve Grand Champion (RGC). Doing well in one category is nice, but being consistent in every category and winning GC is the ultimate. This usually qualifies you for the big national invitational contests and is quite an accomplishment. It’s a long standing tradition in the FBA that the winner buys pizza for everyone Saturday evening. The Saturday night get together is the best part of the weekend for a lot of the teams.

I hope this will help you enjoy the next BBQ contest you visit. The teams and certainly the organizers and charities are happy and thankful you’ve come out to help support the community. And the fact that we get to enjoy BBQ, America’s original cuisine, makes it awesome.

 Posted by at 8:29 pm