Apr 232014
 
Grand Champ, FL State Champ!

Grand Champ, FL State Champ!

The Florida BBQ Association’s Florida State Championship was held in Venice FL April 18-19, and 57 pro teams went head to head to see who would be best. When it was all over we were fortunate to come out with a 3rd in chicken, a 3rd in ribs, a 3rd in pork, and a 6th in brisket. This very consistent cook gave us a nearly 9 point Grand Champion victory over Reserve Grand!

(Facts: I won this contest the first year and I was on crutches with a broken ankle. This year I had 10 stitches in my forehead from an accident. Also my first GC since releasing the sale of my sauce to the public. Buy it here.)

The Venice contest has always been a top-notch event hosted by the Venice Sertoma Club. I’ve not seen a group of volunteers who work harder to make their event a success. I know the teams all appreciate the extra efforts, from the meet and greet on Thursday night, to the free dinner and breakfast for teams, to the nice Tervis Tumbler. Lot’s of infrastructure upgrades have been made with power and water. I think this contest will continue to be a favorite among teams for years to come. And it is very popular with the locals. Estimates were between 10,000 and 15,000 people in attendance to enjoy the big name bluegrass bands and the best in barbecue. Vendors all sold out!

A big thanks to my cousin George who came down and helped me all weekend, making my work easier. And to all of my sponsors for providing the best products:

  • Big Poppa Smokers
  • Grizzly Coolers
  • Butcher BBQ
  • 3 Eyz BBQ
  • Wicked Que
  • Go Concepts
  • Winter Haven AAMCO
Grand Champion & Florida State Champion!

Grand Champion & Florida State Champion!

 Posted by at 9:10 am
Apr 162014
 

We are happy to announce that starting some time near the end of next week, the fine folks at Big Poppa SmokersBPS – will be the exclusive online retailer for Swamp Boys BBQ Sauces! Well almost exclusive, we will still maintain our store here at Swamp Boys and sell along with our sauce, our very popular Swamp Boys team t-shirts and visors.

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If you’re not familiar with BPS you should be, they are all that! First and most important is customer service, and theirs is top notch. I know from first hand experience. And great customer service can be hard to find these days, but not at BPS. The other great thing at BPS is their shipping. All orders over $40 ship for FREE. All other orders ship for a flat fee of $9.95. Anywhere in the continental USA! So that is a win/win for everyone.

There is one small catch, but it really is a plus in the end. To make it so BPS can have fair margins, I’ve had to bump the sauce prices up a little bit. But on my site I have lowered the shipping rates from $1-$2 so you will see a very minimal change if any. But over at the BPS store, you will be saving on shipping all over the place so you will actually be getting more bang for your buck on every order. So in the end it’s a plus for our customers. If you have any questions please email or call me.

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has ordered and for all of the great feedback. It’s been amazing so far, and we want to keep it going! And please still order from us here at Swamp Boys every now and then. We like hearing from you and Amy loves filling orders!

 

 Posted by at 7:56 pm
Mar 042014
 
Swamp Boys Q School in Clermont FL, 03/02/14

Swamp Boys Q School in Clermont FL, 03/02/14

We had a group of 27 passionate barbecuers converge in Clermont FL this past weekend to take part in my Q School. Many were from FL but others travelled from GA, SC, NC, OH, and PA to attend. We were blessed with beautiful weather and lots of fellowship while we discussed the finer points of barbecuing at all levels. Everyone seemed to have a great time and really enjoy themselves. Expect to see some amazing food coming from these cooks in the near future!

A special thanks to our Q School sponsors who donated their award-winning products for everyone in the class: Big Poppa Smokers and Simply Marvelous, Butcher BBQ, Wicked Que, Bad Byron’s Butt Rub, 3 Eyz and Swamp Boys BBQ Sauce.

 Posted by at 12:04 pm
Feb 092014
 

I was excited to compete for the first time in this 2nd year contest in Apopka. It’s not too often there is $10,000 up for grabs for Grand Champion. The big money brought out lots of teams, 81 in fact. I was really focused and all my entries were right where I wanted them to be. Only thing was maybe the brisket was a touch too tender. Unfortunately the judges didn’t see it my way in 3 of my categories. But that happens, so I will do the exact same thing next time and hope the judging goes in my favor. That’s all we can do! But in ribs the table of judges I got DID agree with me and I had terrific scores. I missed a perfect score of 200 by half a point and got 1st place out of 81 entries, setting the high score in ribs for the year. That along with my other less-than-stellar scores put me in 9th overall. Not what I wanted but a top 10 at least.

1st place Ribs

1st Place Ribs

The Swamp Boys sauces have been selling like crazy. So much so that inventory is getting really low. More will be ready soon but labels will hold us up. I am hoping than in 10-14 days we will be back up to full stock in all sizes and flavors. Thanks for being patient during these growing pains. On a great note my sauce played a role in people winning a lot of money in Apopka and that is cool!

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 Posted by at 7:01 pm