Dec 212016
 

I have been competing professionally in barbecue contests for 13 years now. I have tried a large majority of the bbq products out there. Some are good, some are great, and some are just a bad idea. I am very thankful that I have been able to align myself with some great companies and products. These companies and their products are great, I wouldn’t use them if they weren’t. Thanks for your support.

   

 

Deep South Smokers – simply the best quality and performance smokers. 100% usable interior space, the most even temp’d cooker I’ve ever used. Built by hand in the USA. Look for some exciting new pits in ’17.

Big Poppa Smokers and Simply Marvelous aka West Coast Offense – some amazing rubs and injections from these 2. I use them every contest. So do the best teams in the country. Proud to be a West Coast Offense team!

Nature’s Own Hardwood Charcoal from Basques – Every time I cook. Clean and predictable sugar maple lump. Nothing else. Why would you cook on anything other than all wood?

Grizzly Coolers – I’m proud to be an ambassador for the best coolers on the market. Keeps all of my meats, drinks and injections cold, for a long time. That’s one less thing I have to worry about. Made in the USA. Lifetime Warranty. Try to top that.

Master Purveyors – If it walks, flies, crawls or swims – they have it! Not to mention the best competition briskets (A-9) available anywhere. Get in touch and tell Carey I sent you. They ship.

The BBQ Guru – Hands down the best thermostat/draft system for smokers anywhere. I’ve been using them since they started back in the early 2000s. Makes minding your pit incredibly easy and produces consistent results. I’ve tried others, this is the best.

Butcher BBQ – David Bouska has lived and breathed meat and BBQ most of his life and his products reflect that. He’s used his knowledge to produce some amazing injections, rubs, sauces and oils. I use his products every contest and am proud to be a Pro Staff team.

Swamp Boys Rub and Sauces – Yes I sponsor myself. Yes I use my rub (ribs) and my sauce every contest. It works, you should try it.

 Posted by at 8:42 pm
Dec 202016
 

People often ask me if I still enjoy BBQ competitions and BBQ life. My answer is always a big heck yeah! The friendships, experiences, and travel are amazing. The opportunities that come up are incredible. This past year has been no exception. Here it is by the numbers:

  • 26 contests in 4 states – FL, GA, AL, KS
  • 3 Grand Championships, 3 Reserve Grands

    Mary, Pat, Woody and Tammy were all able to join us in KS for The Royal.

  • 17 Top 5 Overall including 5 times 3rd
  • 4 Perfect Scores including 2 Perfect-Perfect FBA
  • 16 category 1st place calls
  • Vended as well as competed at 5 contests
  • 2nd place FBA team of the Year
  • Recorded my 50th career Grand Championship (now at 51)
  • Taught 3 Swamp Boys Q Schools

Had I chose to not compete in the American Royal Invitational and Open, we would have come in the top 5 for KCBS TOTY for teams with 5 or less contests. The American Royal blew that all to heck though! But I wouldn’t trade the time with friends for anything.

Pro Grand Championship #50

Other fun events for ’16:

  • Did an onsite promo for Bass Pro Shops
  • Got to BBQ with a Special Olympian in Venice, and he won!
  • Launched “Rub’s Original Rub
  • Won GC using a 7th different style smoker
  • Plans in the works for a class in Australia

And as always, a big Thank You to my sponsors. Every one of them matter.

  • Deep South Smokers – simply the best quality and performance smokers. 100% usable interior space, the most even temp’d cooker I’ve ever used. Built by hand in the USA. Look for some exciting new pits in ’17.
  • Big Poppa Smokers and Simply Marvelous aka West Coast Offense – some amazing rubs and injections from these 2. I use them every contest. So do the best teams in the country. Proud to be a West Coast Offense team!
  • Nature’s Own Hardwood Charcoal from Basques – Every time I cook. Clean and predictable sugar maple lump. Nothing else. Why would you cook on anything other than all wood?
  • Grizzly Coolers – I’m proud to be an ambassador for the best coolers on the market. Made in the USA. Lifetime Warranty. Try to top that.
  • Master Purveyors – If it walks, flies, crawls or swims – they have it! Not to mention the best competition briskets (A-9) available anywhere. Get in touch and tell them I sent you. They ship.
  • The BBQ Guru – Hands down the best thermostat/draft system for smokers anywhere. I’ve been using them since they started back in the early 2000s. Makes minding your pit incredibly easy and produces consistent results.
  • Butcher BBQ – David Bouska has lived and breathed meat and BBQ most of his life and his products reflect that. He’s used his knowledge to produce some amazing injections, rubs, sauces and oils. I use his products every contest and am proud to be a Pro Staff team.
 Posted by at 3:09 pm
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.

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
Jun 232015
 

I’ve been blessed in that I have been able to secure product sponsorships from companies that I use and believe in. Over the next couple of months I am going to highlight each one and share why I chose them and what makes them great. This first installment will be on Grizzly Coolers; they have been a Swamp Boys sponsor since early 2013.

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I rely heavily on my coolers. At any given pro Barbecue contest I will have over $500 in top quality meats, sauces, injections, drinks, and food that I need for the weekend. My coolers have to hold ice and keep my stuff cold. The longer the better. The less ice I have to buy means more money ingrizzTransparentpng my pocket. In the beginning I used the coolers from the mega-mart stores because they were inexpensive. Of course I learned you get what you pay for in coolers. Driving 12 hours to a contest with the cooler in the back of my truck, and finding the cooler has nothing but water, soggy meat, and a little ice is not a good thing. Having to stop midway to buy and add more ice is also not a good thing. That doesn’t happen with a Grizzly Cooler. My Grizzly 150 Cooler stays in the bed of my truck 24/7, and has a reported ice retention of over 11 days. I personally have experienced ice retention of over a week in my travels, and that is more than good enough for me. It very well may have continued to 11 days but I quit keeping track. In the black, hot bed of my truck in the FL sun, and opening and closing daily. I don’t need any bad surprises when I open the lid, and I don’t get any with my Grizzly Cooler.

Durability is another important factor in my Grizzly Coolers. The mega-mart coolers would last me a season if I was lucky. I used to have a cooler junkyard in the back yard filled with coolers with broken hinges, latches, and cracked bottoms and lids. Not any more. Grizzly Coolers come with a LIFETIME WARRANTY. Not 1 year like the mega-mart coolers. Not 5 years like that company based on a fictional snow creature. Lifetime Warranty.

And the final reason I chose to align myself and Swamp Boys with Grizzly Coolers is they are Made in America. If there are 2 similar products with similar prices, and one is made in the Philippines supporting their economy, and the other is made in America supporting our economy, it’s a no-brainer. Be American, act American, buy American. Buy Grizzly.

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 Posted by at 11:43 am