Jan 292019
 

Swamp Boys BBQ Team is excited to participate in a very worthy fundraiser for kidsPACK over the next few weeks, to help feed our local homeless and undernourished school aged children.

The problem: 1 in 5 children (20%) RIGHT HERE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA suffer daily from a severe lack of food. A free school breakfast and free lunch help during the week, but weekends and days off from school can be devastating when there is no food.

What is being done: A local non profit called kidsPACK (check out their website!) does fantastic work to fight this problem. “An everyday backpack is turned into a food transportation module stocked with nutritious, child-friendly and easy to prepare food for children to eat over the weekend and times when they are away from school. We pack non-perishable containerized items like ravioli, fruit cups, trail mix and portable snacks like granola bars and pop-tarts.”

Where you come in: The Haines City Ribs on the Ridge BBQ Contest has challenged the teams to see who can collect the most donations of cups of Chef Boyardee Ravioli. These are the main item that goes into the backpacks and there is a great need for them. So I’m calling on the Swamp Boys Nation (#swampboysnation*) to help feed these local kids in need.

What to do: The easiest way to donate is to use your Amazon Prime (free shipping) account to order a 12 pack (or more) and have it shipped to my place. I will deliver everything to the contest on Feb. 22 on behalf of the Swamp Boys Nation. Here is a link you can use to order through Amazon. If you would rather, you can make a monetary donation via PayPal and I will use that to order the cups myself. Or if you are local you can drop off your donation at SB’s HQ in Winter Haven. Or you can make a donation through PayPal below. You do NOT need a PayPal account to use this button.

Thanks so much for considering a donation to help our local kids in need.

 

 Posted by at 1:48 pm
May 182018
 

Competition BBQ and a centerfold are terms I would never imagine in the same sentence. Yet the KCBS‘s monthly national publication The BullSheet has managed to pull it off this year. Each month they have been spotlighting a team with a short bio and some fun questions. Swamp Boys are humbled and thankful to have been selected for the May spotlight, which coincidently is National Barbecue Month. Thank you KCBS and Amanda Bowman!

(reprinted with permission)

 Posted by at 12:36 pm
Mar 062018
 

I am giving up a seat for any of my Q Schools in the future. The next class is being held March 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 until it hits $750 for the kids. I will have a live Facebook drawing (Rub Bagby) and notify the winner. I will give a check for 100% of money donated and Swamp Boys will cover the PayPal fees. Thanks for helping the kids and good luck!

SOLD OUT THANK YOU!!

DRAWING WILL HAPPEN 3/7/18 time TBD

 Posted by at 9:21 am
Jan 102018
 

The first Swamp Boys Q School for 2018 is scheduled!

March 17-18, 2018 is the date for my Q School to be held in Winter Haven, lakefront on Lake Cannon. Come enjoy the perfect weather and learn what I have learned over the past 14 years of competition barbecue. The only 3-time Florida BBQ Association Team of the Year, and 2017 TOTY.

This techniques class will cover both ‘hot and fast’ and ‘low and slow’ methods. FBA and KCBS covered. You want to be the best bbq’r in your neighborhood? Come see me, I’ll make it happen. You want to improve your competition cooking? Let’s do it.

Print the application below (March_18 QSchool), fill it out and mail it in with your check. Need to pay with a credit card? Use the PayPal link. A PayPal account is not required. The PP fee will be added to your total. Still must mail in the application.

March_18 QSchool


Swamp Boys Q School



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Dec 212017
 


 

 

 

 

 

Swamp Boys bbq team had a very blessed year in 2017. The experiences I get to have with friends and family are truly unforgettable. I’m so thankful. I’m especially thankful for earning the Florida BBQ Association Team of the Year ’17. This marks my 3rd time winning it, in two different decades. Here’s my year by the numbers:

  • 28 contests in 5 states – FL, GA, AL, TN, and CA
  • FBA TOTY
  • 7 Grand Championships, 3 Reserve Grands
  • 19 Top 5 Overalls
  • 14 category 1st place calls
  • Vended as well as competed at 4 contests
  • Taught 3 Swamp Boys Q Schools

Final TOTY Standings. I was in 2nd place up until the final contest.

One of the things that won’t show up in the numbers that I’m really proud of was earning an invitation to every major invitational in the country. The American Royal, Sonny’s, The Jack, and the King of the Smoker. We were able to travel and compete in all but the American Royal.

Regarding KCBS I was able to compete in 5 contests. Out of over 2,200 teams in my division (5 or less contests) Swamp Boys placed 8th overall for the year, and we were the 2nd place rib team (Smithfield ribs baby!). I’m pretty happy with that considering 2 of those contests we were vending, which means I was cooking food for thousands of people, as well as the 6 judges.

Finally a big shout out to my amazing sponsors! Products from each of them are integral to my team, and I’m thankful for their 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.
  • 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 USALifetime Warranty. Try to top that.
  • 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.
  • Smithfield – The best ribs and pork I can put my hands on. They just win. And they are super easy to find locally! Check your WalMart and Sam’s Clubs, they should carry Smithfield products.
  • Mac’s Meats and Produce – My favorite meat place ever! Family owned and operated, quality customer service and prices. Tell them I sent you.
 Posted by at 1:27 pm