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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
Jan 182016

We are going through a cold snap here in Florida, and by cold I mean 30’s at night and 50’s during the day. Serious cold. When the temps get like this, thoughts of comfort food come to mind. I had a bag of leftover 1st place brisket from the Zephyrhills contest, so brisket and vegetable stew seemed like a great choice. I do the cooking at our house and I like to keep things simple, fast, fresh, and flavorful. This recipe totally incorporates those characteristics.

Fresh From Florida vegetables and brisket

Fresh From Florida vegetables and leftover brisket

2lbs brisket leftovers, cut into chunks
1 bag of fresh carrot sticks
1 bag of fresh green beans
3 large red skin potatoes
3-4 Tbs beef base
3-4 Tbs cornstarch
1/4 – 1/2 cup Swamp Boys Original Sauce


Hearty, healthy, thick, comfort food for a chilly night





Wash the potatoes, pierce with fork, and microwave 6 minutes or until almost tender, turning once. Then cut into bite sized chunks.
Cut the carrot sticks and green beans into thirds, steam for 4-5 minutes or until almost tender.
In a large pot add a quart of water, the beef base, and any au jus you saved from the brisket. Bring to a gentle boil, and incorporate the cornstarch and stir to thicken. Boil 1-2 minutes more. Reduce heat to medium, add carrots and green beans, stir for a minute or so, fold in the potatoes and stir gently so you don’t break them up. After a couple of more minutes add in the meat and Swamp Boys Original sauce and gently simmer another 4-5 minutes. Remember you are just warming the meat, not cooking it. Taste for seasoning and make adjustments. For a more robust flavor, substitute Swamp Boys Bootleg Red Sauce for Original. I like to add some BPS Dessert Gold and Everglades Seasoning. Enjoy!

Less than a half hour for homemade beef and vegetable stew!

Less than a half hour for homemade beef and vegetable stew!

 Posted by at 10:00 pm
Dec 292015

Swamp Boys BBQ Team was blessed to have another fun, productive, and charitable year in 2015. We were able to compete in 26 contests, in AL, AZ, FL, GA, NC, TN, TX, and The Hague, Netherlands! I travelled over 24,000 miles, all in the name of barbecue!

We won 2 Grand Championships and 4 Reserve Grand Championships, and a combined 12 top-5 overall finishes. 


FBA Florida State Champion 2015

We repeated as the Florida BBQ Association Florida State Champions, and finished 3rd in the FBA Team of the Year race, giving us 10 years of consecutive top 5 finishes.

On the Swamp Boys Q School front I was able to teach 5 classes in FL, IA, AZ and The Hague, NL. I truly enjoy teaching the art and science of BBQ to whoever will listen, wherever they are!

Q School Grads in Netherlands!

Q School Grads in Netherlands!

Swamp Boys BBQ Sauce sales also set a record, with 4 of the top 5 KCBS Teams of the Year being customers! We were also able to be accepted into the “Fresh From Florida” campaign, as a truly Florida product. I fully expect 2016 to set more records as the good word spreads.

We're Fresh From Florida!

We’re Fresh From Florida!

Through the help of the Swamp Boys Nation (all of you!) we were able to raise almost $7,000 to give directly to 2 dear barbecue friends who each experienced extreme health emergencies in ’15, to help pay their medical bills.

Robin (L) is now a Breast Cancer Survivor!

Robin (L) is now a Breast Cancer Survivor!

Jim (R) is recovering from Acute Pancreatitus

Jim (R) is recovering from Acute Pancreatitus

And as an outgoing  member of Big Poppa Smokers Elite Team, I am honored to be able to present our local  kidsPack USA a check for $1,000 from BPS. I regret that this will be my last act as a BPS Elite Team, as the criteria to belong has changed for 2016. However I am extremely thankful for the opportunity I have had to be a part of this charitable group of barbecuers. I hope to be able to continue to support kidsPack through other avenues in 2016.

kidsPack Lakeland

kidsPack Lakeland

Of course all of this was possible with the help of my sponsors, who have provided me with the best products available: Deep South SmokersBig Poppa SmokersCompart Duroc Family FarmsNature’s Own Hardwood CharcoalGrizzly CoolersGrillGratesButcher BBQBBQ Guru3 Eyz BBQ. I fully recommend all of these products with no reservations. Please talk to me if you have questions about any of them. I will be happy to help! And most of all thank you to my family! Without the love and support of my wife and daughters none of this could have happened. I love you guys, forever.


 Posted by at 12:55 pm
Dec 172015


The requests have been coming in and I have been able to secure a date for the first Swamp Boys BBQ Class in 2016. The date is March 12-13, the location is behind the Citrus Center Boy’s and Girl’s Club, 2400 Havendale Blvd, Winter Haven FL.

This class is all-encompassing, covering everything from choosing the best meats, trimming, injections, seasonings, smoking, flavor profiles, temps, and box building for both KCBS and FBA. You’ll learn the techniques that I have fine tuned over 13 years and 300 contests, that have led to 48 Grand Championships and 42 Reserve GCs, as well as FBA Perfect Scores in Ribs and Brisket. From the basics, to the finest details needed to make you a winner, we will cover it all. Class size is limited.

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 Posted by at 9:46 am
Dec 032015

It is nearly 7 months after that life changing day for my good friends Jim and Jan Burg. And while Jim has made some great progress, he still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. If you are not familiar with the story you can read a little about it here. In the meantime I would like to help raise some money to help these two out during this challenging time they’re going through. SamsClub

I am going to give away a seat to my upcoming March Q School to someone randomly selected from a list of donors. This is not a raffle, because PayPal doesn’t allow raffles. So I will collect forty (40) donations of $25 each via the PayPal button below. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use the button. After the 40 donations have been made I will blindly draw a donor’s name and that person will be invited to my class for free, as a thank you for helping Jim and Jan. At that point a  $1,000 donation will be sent to Jim and Jan Burg on behalf of everyone who donated. Thank you ahead of time to everyone who helps these great people. God Bless and Merry Christmas!

The 40 “tickets” for this class have been claimed, thank you to everyone who donated! I am going to leave a PayPal donation button here for anyone who chooses to use it. Any money collected will be sent to the Burgs.

 Posted by at 12:12 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