Dec 172015
 

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The requests have been coming in and I have been able to secure a date for the first Swamp Boys BBQ Class in 2016. The date is March 12-13, the location is behind the Citrus Center Boy’s and Girl’s Club, 2400 Havendale Blvd, Winter Haven FL.

This class is all-encompassing, covering everything from choosing the best meats, trimming, injections, seasonings, smoking, flavor profiles, temps, and box building for both KCBS and FBA. You’ll learn the techniques that I have fine tuned over 13 years and 300 contests, that have led to 48 Grand Championships and 42 Reserve GCs, as well as FBA Perfect Scores in Ribs and Brisket. From the basics, to the finest details needed to make you a winner, we will cover it all. Class size is limited.

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 Posted by at 9:46 am
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
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
Jan 162014
 

There was a nice first year contest in Edgewater Jan. 3-4 and Swamp Boys was blessed to take 1st place in chicken, ribs, and brisket. That along with an 8th in pork was good enough for Grand Championship!

1st Place Chicken

1st Place Chicken

1st Place Ribs

1st Place Ribs

1st Place Brisket

1st Place Brisket

Grand Champion

Grand Champion

 Posted by at 7:07 pm
Dec 202013
 

I am happy to report that I have 2 Q Schools on the calendar. The first is March 1-2, ’14 in Clermont FL.

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HIS CLASS WAS A GREAT SUCCESS, THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!

I am also selling 21 tickets at $25 each for a chance to win a seat in any Swamp Boys upcoming Q Schools. The proceeds from this sale will be donated to Darryl Mast and his show BBQSuperstars.com to help with operating costs. Darryl is working hard to bring more coverage of BBQ contests into the mainstream media. Help me help his efforts to promote BBQ, and buy a ticket or two by clicking on the “Buy Now” PayPal button here: THIS FUNDRAISER IS SOLD OUT

Details for March 2014 Clermont Class

Details for March 2014 Clermont Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second is in Holladay UT July 23-24, ’14. I’m looking forward to going to Utah!

Utah July Class Application

 

Details for Utah Class in July

Details for Utah Class in July

 Posted by at 8:49 pm