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
Feb 012017
 

I am giving up a seat for any of my Q Schools in the future. The next class is being held February 18-19 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 through Feb. 6, or until it hits $500+ 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!

Thanks to all who participated, we will be giving the Club $775.00!

 Posted by at 10:46 pm
Oct 012016
 

SWAMP BOYS NATION:
A couple of years ago the Florida BBQ Association sanctioned a contest in Hobbs NM. The organizers and people of Hobbs bent over backwards to encourage anyone from FL to come out and cook their contest. I was fortunate enough to be offered the personal cook trailer of Mark Bateman of Putz Butz BBQ Team, who was also the organizer. He and his wife Jean, along with their crew of volunteers hosted a fantastic contest with the best hospitality, and those of us who went still talk about it today. We have remained friends with the Batemans and everyone else we met that weekend.putz-butts

Fast forward to now, and we are deeply saddened that Jean Bateman is suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis. It is currently incurable but we are not satisfied with that. I am putting up a seat for any of my Q Schools in the future. The next class is being held Nov. 11-12 in Winter Haven, FL. Click the PayPal link below to make a donation of $25 to help the Batemans, and help support the search for a cure. 100% of your donation will go to helping. 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 approximately $500 in donations I will have a drawing and notify the winner. Thanks for helping brothers and sisters in need!

WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL OF $500!

 Posted by at 10:38 am
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
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.

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.

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 Posted by at 12:55 pm