Feb 132020

Calling on the Swamp Boys Nation!   kidspack

It’s time for #SwampBoysNation to start collecting Chef Boyardee 7.5oz cans to give to kidsPACK!

KidsPack is an “organization dedicated to feeding homeless and hungry Polk County school children by providing them a backpack of nutritious food each Friday to sustain them on weekends.” What better way to make the World a better place than to start right here at home where we have far too many hungry kids. Polk County has one of the highest homeless kids percentages in the country. For many the only meals they get are the free lunch and free breakfast at school. The weekend presents a hungry time for these kids, and Kidspack helps fill it. I’m a newly retired 30 year teacher here in Polk County and I see directly all of the good that Kidspack does for our community.

Follow the Amazon link below (or find your own for 7.5oz can of Chef Boyardee, any flavor) and order what you can to help out. You can have it shipped directly to me, see graphic below for my address. I need to have all deliveries at my house by Feb. 20 so I can load them up and deliver to the Haines City Ribs on the Ridge bbq contest. Thank you for your support!

Amazon Link

 Posted by at 11:17 am
Dec 092019

Swamp Boys feels strongly about being a good community member. For nearly the past 5 years we have put the majority of our charity efforts into helping our local Boys & Girls Club here in Winter Haven. And it’s time to do it again.

I am soliciting donations for 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 Jan. 4-5, ’20, 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.

Goal Reached, thank you to all who donated!

 Posted by at 2:11 pm
Nov 252019

Make a New Year’s Resolution to make better BBQ in 2020! Start the new year with a 2 day class learning the art and science of barbecue at Swamp Boys Q School. Perfect for all levels, from the backyarder to the seasoned pro. You will learn how to smoke prime rib, chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket exactly like I do at a competition. We will cover both hot and fast, and low and slow styles. This techniques class is NOT specific to any one cooker, it works for all.

Class 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. Spouse $200. Pay by check to the address on the application. Click here for the application (link fixed). Print and mail in.

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 11:02 am
Nov 172019

For fans of our world class pulled pork, ribs, and BBQ sundaes, listen up! November kicks off our vending season where you can visit Swamp Boys at certain contests and buy our food. Before you do though, read my article on attending a bbq contest. One important takeaway from the article, all barbecue vendors are not equal. Ask non-vending teams who they would eat with and who they would avoid. Also we are vending rain or shine. Here is our vending schedule for November through March.

  • Plant City Pig Jam Nov. 22-23: This will be our 16th year competing at this contest! We start selling Friday afternoon 5 till 10pm, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. But we typically sell out before then so don’t wait till the end.
  • Orange Blossom Revue  Dec. 6-7: This Lake Wales contest is one of my favorites ( Iwas born here), and this year it’s FREE to enter. Also new this year is cash sales. No having to buy Pig Bucks to purchase food. We start selling Friday afternoon 5 till 10pm, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. But we typically sell out before then so don’t wait till the end.
  • Lakeland Pig Fest at Sun N Fun Jan. 24-25: Come early to avoid traffic jams coming in. Use satellite parking if you can. Probably more bbq vendors than any other contest, and more visitors. We start selling Friday afternoon 5 till 10pm, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. But we typically sell out before then so don’t wait till the end.
  • Smoke on the Water Feb. 7-8: My hometown of Winter Haven really shines this weekend. Plus the contest benefits our local Boys and Girls Club, which is Swamp Boys chosen charity. There is so much happening entertainment wise at this contest, you don’t want to miss it. We start selling Friday afternoon 6? till 10pm, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. But we typically sell out before then so don’t wait till the end.
  • Suncoast BBQ  & Bluegrass Bash March 27-28: This is a huge event in beautiful Venice, FL. This is a big fundraiser for the Suncoast Foundation which helps local charities that benefit those with disabilities. If you like bluegrass music and bbq this is for you. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the concerts. We start selling Friday afternoon 5 till 10pm, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. But we typically sell out before then so don’t wait till the end.

 Posted by at 11:24 pm
Nov 112019

Cold weather (59°!!) hits central Florida tomorrow, so tonight was the perfect time to make one of our favorite dishes, brisket stew. This was some fantastic Australian Wagyu A+9 brisket from The Butcher Shoppe in Pensacola FL. I usually have a couple pounds left over after each contest and that’s what I used here. Nothing fancy, super easy, quick, and tasty.


Start the potatoes and carrots simmering in the broth and water for about 10 minutes. Add everything else, return to simmer for 10 minutes. Serve it up and get comfortable.



  • make it tastier by grilling or roasting your own whole carrots, potatoes, corn on the cob, and fresh green beans. Then chunk, dice and slice.
  • The Swamp Boys Original and Bootleg sauces bring a fantastic flavor and complexity to the stew
  • BPS Desert Gold has been a long standing favorite of mine for seasoning soups, veggies, etc.
 Posted by at 8:34 pm