May 202016
 

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SWAMP BOYS NATION

Kregg Halbert has been a long time barbecue friend of mine from the beginning. He and his team “Naked Bones” are from Lakeland, about 12 miles away. Within the past two months Kregg and his family have learned that his 6 year old grandson Colton has Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Of course Colton’s mother (Kregg’s daughter) had to quit her job to be by her son’s side. Money will be tight. This is where we all come in.

I am putting up a seat for any of my Q Schools in the future. The next class is being held June 25-26 in Winter Haven, FL. Click the PayPal link to make a donation of $25 to Colton and his family to help with living expenses. Each $25 donation will earn you a chance in a drawing for a free seat in my class which is valued at $500. When we reach $500 in donations I will have a drawing and notify the winner. Thanks for helping Colton!

UPDATE: the drawing is over, thanks to all who contributed! If you missed it and still want to help you can go directly to their GoFundMe page linked below. Thanks again everyone!

Colton’s GoFundMe page

 Posted by at 10:19 am
Mar 142016
 

We had a fantastic class this past weekend, learning the finer points of BBQ set up lakefront in Winter Haven, FL. Twenty-three people came in from 5 states, plus São Paulo Brazil! The fellowship, weather, and food was all first rate. Thanks to all for coming, and special thanks to Chris, Garrett and Tracy for helping out. You guys were great.

Also a big thanks to our sponsors that added great value to the class: Big Poppa Smokers, Butcher BBQ, Deep South Smokers, Grizzly Coolers, Simply Marvelous BBQ, Bad Byron’s Butt Rub, and Swamp Boys BBQ Sauce.

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 Posted by at 9:34 am
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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 Posted by at 12:55 pm
Dec 172015
 

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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