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