Nov 022017
 

Swamp Boys BBQ Team was blessed for the 2017 season. Because we won 6 State Championships for the season we had 6 “bungs” in The Draw for the 29th annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, held in Lynchburg TN.

Ms. Mary Bobo’s Boarding House

Lynchburg is where the famous whiskey has always been made and bottled. To most all professional barbecuers, “The Jack” is considered one of – if not the – premier contests in the world. So we were stoked when we found out we would be the team representing Florida.

We left straight from teaching on Tuesday and made it up to Marietta GA where we stayed the night. The next morning we got to Lynchburg and dropped the trailer at the house we rented and made our way to Miss Mary Bobo’s for a family style lunch. We shared our table with people from South Africa and Canada who were in town to buy an entire barrel of JD! The food and the company were both excellent, and we all agreed it was the best experience we have had there in our three times going.

After that we set the trailer up in our site, which has been the same each time. We love it there right up front and center so we can interact with the public and giveaway samples of our bbq after turn-ins are over. Great spot.

Thursday we walked over to the Jack Daniel Distillery for the tour. We had Jed as our guide and he did a great job. Just like lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s, we each thought this was the best tour we’ve had to date. Way to go Lynchburg! Then we made our way to the Lynchburg Winery and partook in a flight of five of the local wines.

Friday we took part in the Parade of Teams, following the Lynchburg High School marching band through the downtown to the Distillery. From there we loaded up on school busses which took us to the top of BBQ Hill. We were treated to a great Southern supper, live music, and free JD drinks. It was a lot of fun mingling with friends from the other teams. When that was over we went back down the hill to the cook site. The weather was rainy and in the 30’s overnight so most teams stayed warm and dry in their trailers without much socializing.

Saturday was of course turn-in day and overall things went very well. Chicken looked and tasted excellent. Ribs were darker than I prefer but the taste and tenderness were right where I wanted them. Pork was near perfect I thought. Brisket slices were money but the burnt ends had slightly too much fat in them. I liked them and was torn on whether to use them or not. I decided to NOT play it safe and added them to the box. In hindsight that was a mistake on my part. The killer brisket from The Butcher Shoppe was amazing straight from the package. I should have gone with only slices, it would have scored much higher. Lesson learned. I highly recommend The Butcher Shoppe for your high quality meat needs, and they ship! Email Kevin Green with your order and fantastic customer service.

As far as the scoring went, I came in 2nd on my tables in Chicken, Ribs, and Brisket. I came in 1st on my Pork table which was good enough for 2nd out of the 95 teams! We actually tied for 1st, but lost the tiebreaker. Regardless it was a very exciting call for us, and it pairs well with the 1st place call in Pork we received there in 2009. You may have heard me mention in the past that I am a devout Smithfield pork user. To make my point, I was unable to find the Smithfield butts I wanted locally, so I had my friends Pat and Mary bring some with them to Lynchburg from Wisconsin. And it paid off. Thanks so much Pat and Mary, and also thanks for the Wisconsin care package! #Smokinwithsmithfield #Showmeyoursmithfield

My other sponsors that I rely on and want to thank are West Coast Offense, Nature’s Own Hardwood Charcoal, Butcher BBQ, BBQ Guru, Grizzly CoolersMac’s Meats, and the one-two punch of my Gateway Drum Smokers and my Deep South Smoker. Stop by sometime and I’ll tell you what I like about them.

So once again we had a fantastic time in Lynchburg and are thankful we had the opportunity to go. Lots of friends, laughs, fun, and memories. That’s what it’s all about.

Ready for the Distillery Tour

Thank you Phillip and Kathy!

A few of my Webers and Ed

 Posted by at 3:19 pm
Oct 222017
 

UPDATE 8/21/17: SWAMP BOYS EARNS 2017 Florida BBQ Association Team of the Year!!

JUST A FEW SPOTS LEFT!

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 56 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 email me (rub@swampboys.com) and I will send you an invoice. There is an $18 PayPal fee added to the total.

 Posted by at 12:07 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 052016
 

**UPDATE 10/13**
I am really happy to announce the location of the class has been finalized. We will be set up behind the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, located at 2400 Havendale Boulevard, Winter Haven, FL. This beautiful location is the site of Winter Haven’s “Smoke on the Water” contest. We will be down at the lakefront on WH’s Chain of Lakes. 

*UPDATE*
Along with teaching chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket, I am adding in prime rib! Yes you will now be the BBQ genius of the neighborhood. 

I am also adding in an introduction to hot and fast smoking on drums. So you will have resources available on using gravity feeds, convection smokers, pellet smokers, stick burners, WSMs, and drums. That’s winning experience with 6 smoking methods. My techniques are adaptable to all types of pits.

PLUS: all students receive 10% off their Deep South Smoker purchase, and 20% off your Grizzly Coolers purchase. Be sure to check us out on the Grizzly website.

After many requests I am happy to announce that the next Q School will take place Nov. 11-12, in Winter Haven, FL. Exact location TBA.

BasicQSchoolI have 13+ years and over 300 pro competitions worth of experience to share. Not to mention nearly 100 combined Grand Championships and Reserve Grand Championships. I am a professional educator by trade so I can present the material to you in ways that work.

This class is appropriate for every level. The beginners might take 10 pages of notes, the more experienced will learn advanced techniques to help take you to the next level. There is something for everyone.

All students will be treated to a prime rib and potatoes supper, a goody bag full of useful supplies, all the championship bbq you care to eat on Saturday, and a personalized class t-shirt.

Here is a link to the application: November ’16 Q School

You can mail me a check to the address on the application, OR use PayPal:


Choose



 Posted by at 11:31 am
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