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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
Sep 272015

I was approached about holding my Q School in Maryland (Annapolis area) before the year is out. The only date I have open is the weekend right after Thanksgiving. The class would either be 11/27-28 or 11/28-29. Price of the class is $600. Since this is part of a holiday weekend, I am checking to see if people would be interested. If we can get 15-20 to committ via a $50 PayPal deposit we can have the class. If we don’t have the numbers by 3 weeks out – Nov. 5 – I will refund everyone’s deposit via PayPal. The sooner we can nail it down the better for all involved. There is considerable pre-planning involved.

You do NOT have to have a PayPal account to do this. There is an option you can choose to pay by credit card.

 Posted by at 10:49 pm
Aug 212015

I am happy to announce that due to requests, I was able to schedule a Q School class for October 3-4, to be held in Winter Haven FL. This will be the last class of the year. Don’t hesitate on signing up, seats will be limited.

If you prefer to use PayPal there is a link below. The PayPal service fee is added into the total.

LOCATION SECURED: I confirmed the location today, the class will be held lakefront behind the Boy’s Club in Winter Haven. This beautiful location is the site of the Smoke on the Water contest. A part of the proceeds will be donated to the Boy’s Club. 

Citrus Center Boy’s & Girl’s Club
2400 Havendale Ave
Winter Haven FL

Happy Alumni

Happy Alumni!




 Posted by at 8:05 pm
Aug 152015

Lot’s of requests in the past month for another Q School. I’m looking at 2 open dates, Oct. 3-4 or Oct. 17-18, here in central Florida. If you want to join in, email me your choice of weekend ASAP. Weekend with the most votes will be it! Email is rub at swampboys dot com


 Posted by at 3:05 pm
Jun 232015

I’ve been blessed in that I have been able to secure product sponsorships from companies that I use and believe in. Over the next couple of months I am going to highlight each one and share why I chose them and what makes them great. This first installment will be on Grizzly Coolers; they have been a Swamp Boys sponsor since early 2013.


I rely heavily on my coolers. At any given pro Barbecue contest I will have over $500 in top quality meats, sauces, injections, drinks, and food that I need for the weekend. My coolers have to hold ice and keep my stuff cold. The longer the better. The less ice I have to buy means more money ingrizzTransparentpng my pocket. In the beginning I used the coolers from the mega-mart stores because they were inexpensive. Of course I learned you get what you pay for in coolers. Driving 12 hours to a contest with the cooler in the back of my truck, and finding the cooler has nothing but water, soggy meat, and a little ice is not a good thing. Having to stop midway to buy and add more ice is also not a good thing. That doesn’t happen with a Grizzly Cooler. My Grizzly 150 Cooler stays in the bed of my truck 24/7, and has a reported ice retention of over 11 days. I personally have experienced ice retention of over a week in my travels, and that is more than good enough for me. It very well may have continued to 11 days but I quit keeping track. In the black, hot bed of my truck in the FL sun, and opening and closing daily. I don’t need any bad surprises when I open the lid, and I don’t get any with my Grizzly Cooler.

Durability is another important factor in my Grizzly Coolers. The mega-mart coolers would last me a season if I was lucky. I used to have a cooler junkyard in the back yard filled with coolers with broken hinges, latches, and cracked bottoms and lids. Not any more. Grizzly Coolers come with a LIFETIME WARRANTY. Not 1 year like the mega-mart coolers. Not 5 years like that company based on a fictional snow creature. Lifetime Warranty.

And the final reason I chose to align myself and Swamp Boys with Grizzly Coolers is they are Made in America. If there are 2 similar products with similar prices, and one is made in the Philippines supporting their economy, and the other is made in America supporting our economy, it’s a no-brainer. Be American, act American, buy American. Buy Grizzly.


 Posted by at 11:43 am
Jun 182015

I’ve had lot’s of requests for another Q School. I’ve been able to pull it together and the date will be June 27-28, 2015. The location will be the same location as Winter Haven’s Smoke on the Water contest. It’s located lakefront on the beautiful Chain of Lakes, directly behind the Citrus Center Boys Club. The schedule will be as follows:

Noon Saturday – Class starts
7:30pm Smoked Prime Rib Supper
Social time, fire pit at the lake, and/or retire to motels

Sunday 7:30am – Class resumes
3:00 or until all questions are answered – Class ends

Don’t miss this class, last one at this price! Click here print the application >>> BoysClub15APP

You can mail in a check or pay online with a credit card. No PayPal account required. PayPal fees reflected in online payment price.



 Posted by at 9:38 pm