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Jul 202017
 

I am happy to announce I will be offering my Q School on November 11 – 12, 2017. The location is on the lakefront, behind the Citrus Center Boy’s Club in Winter Haven, FL. Seating is limited to 20.

This class is perfect for those starting out, those who want to improve in competitions, and even Grand Champions who are looking for that extra edge. Classes are generally a mix of competition cooks, backyard warriors, and those with food-truck or restaurant plans. Everyone will benefit from my experiences learned over 13 years, over 330 contests, and 55 Grand Championships.

Print the application and mail your check in today. This will sell out.
Link to application

If you want to use PayPal, print and mail in the application above. Then fill out the form below and I will send you an invoice. There is an $18 PayPal fee added to the total.

 Posted by at 12:07 pm
Jun 152017
 

This Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker (aka WSM) is a unique and rare smoker that I have been fortunate to be involved with. It was a special project of the owner of the The Virtual Weber Bullet – the best resource for the WSM on the Web – Chris Allingham. He wanted to assist the people in Florida who were affected by Hurricane Charley* that hit in 2004. You can read the story of his build here. This is real porcelain just like the original, but in blue. Once his project was complete he auctioned it off on eBay, and made a very generous donation to the Red Cross with the proceeds.

KCBS contest, Sept. 2-3, 2005. Kasihta Sand Town Festival, Cusseta GA

I took ownership of it on October 30, 2004. The winner of the auction was not interested in keeping it, he wanted it put to good use. I mentioned I could use it for cooking projects with the special ed kids I teach, so he delivered it to me at the Minneola Fall Fest, in Minneola FL. I was competing there in the Florida BBQ Association’s Florida State Championship. I used it with my students on a handful of cooks. I also competed with it once in Cusseta, GA, and once in Barnesville, GA,

After a few years I had a stickburner of my own and was using it most of the time with the kids. The WSM wasn’t getting much use. I asked my nephew if his Boy Scout troop could use it for camping etc. and of course the answer was yes. We agreed that if they no longer used it, the WSM would return to me. I knew it would be a part of WSM history, and I wanted to ensure it stayed alive. It was with his troop in Plant City FL for about 6-7 years. He eventually went off to college, so I asked about ol’ blue. I learned it had been retired from smoking duties and was parked behind his parent’s home outside. I rescued her about 2 years ago and she has been under my bbq shack staying out of the rain and sun since then.

For my project this summer I thought I would get her out and give her a thorough cleaning and sprucing up. With help and guidance from a fellow enthusiast, my project is complete. I think she is in great shape considering her age and history. The Two-Tone Blue is now ready for the next adventure, whatever that may be.

*Interestingly enough, we were hit by that hurricane , and also helped cook barbecue to aid those affected. 
   

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

 Posted by at 3:41 pm
Mar 272017
 

Last Q School was a sell out and some didn’t get in, so I’ve scheduled another class. With verbal commitments this one is already halfway to being sold out. Get your application in early to secure your spot. Click here to print one out.  >>  May 17 Q School Application

The location is the beautiful lakefront, behind the Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Winter Haven. Start time is noon Saturday and we end the day with a smoked prime rib supper. After that  there is social time at the lakefront with a bonfire for those who want to stick around. Start time Sunday morning is 7:30 and we go until we’re finished, which is usually 3:30 – 4pm.

You can read what people are saying about the class here. Class Reviews

You can mail a check to the address on the application. If you want to use a credit card you can use the PayPal dropdown button below. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use it.


Swamp Boys Q School



 Posted by at 9:45 pm
Mar 212017
 

Q School grads dominated awards in Bartow contest!

I am giving up a seat for any of my Q Schools in the future. The next class is being held May 6-7 in Winter Haven, FL behind the Boy’s Club. 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 approximately $750 is raised for the kids. I will have a live Facebook drawing and notify the winner. I will give a check for 100% of money donated and will cover the PayPal fees. Thanks for helping the kids and good luck!

This drawing has happened, and congratulations to Keith Heald on winning the seat. A check for $750 will be given to the Boys Club. You guys, the Swamp Boys Nation, are the best!

 Posted by at 10:03 pm