May 292013
 

Swamp Boys are proud to offer a 25% standing discount to all U.S. Veterans and current military personnel at our online store. Applies to all regularly priced items; already discounted and bulk quantity items not included.
Follow this link for details.

ABOUT: Swamp Boys are a Winter Haven FL based team, and now also championship BBQ sauce and rub producer. I began competing as a “pro” in 2004, was a Top 5 team in the Florida BBQ Association (FBA) in 2006 and 2007, was Team of the Year in 2008, 2009, and 2017. I was inducted into the Florida BBQ Association Hall of Fame and awarded Lifetime Membership. We were ranked the #1 team in the country for all of 2009 by the National BBQ Rankings, and again in 2013. We compete primarily in the southeast – FL, AL, GA, SC, NC and TN in both FBA and KCBS contests. We have won 64 professional Grand Championships and 52 Reserve Grand Championships. We were World Champions in Pork at The Jack in ’09, and tied for first in ’17. I was hired to go to Brazil to train and help open that country’s first ever American-Style Barbecue restaurant. I have taught professional BBQ classes from FL to IL to AZ, to The Hague, Netherlands. Hundreds of people from all over the World have attended. I’ve been a spokesman for Kingsford Charcoal. I’ve competed on the TV shows BBQ Pitmasters and Big Bad BBQ Brawl. We’ve been blessed.

CATERING: Besides competing, we also offer world class barbecue catering. Let me provide the best barbecue you’ve ever had for your next event. All of our meats are slow smoked the old fashioned way on wood & charcoal burning pits. I use combinations of pecan, cherry, oak, & hickory to smoke the meats from 4 to 16 hours, depending on the cut. The end product is far above & beyond anything you’ve ever had at a “BBQ” restaurant. Guaranteed.

Call or email me today to reserve your date & discuss your menu. Or better still, come visit me at a Barbecue Competition & you can sample some.

My BBQ Catering mission is not to be the cheapest.
It is to be the BEST.

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Rob ‘Rub’ Bagby
rub@swampboys.com
863-206-9363

 

*Scroll Below For Current Events*

 Posted by at 9:29 am
Sep 082022
 

Mark your calendar, make plans, call the sitter. Swamp Boys Q School is set for the first Saturday and Sunday in November.

Join me for this 2 day class, where you will learn the art and science of barbecue. This class is great for any level of experience – from the first time backyarder, to the seasoned competitor. I will share all of the techniques and tips I have learned over the past 18 years of competing, teaching you how to make the best food in the neighborhood or for the judges. Also I will be sharing recipes that have helped me win over 110 Championships.

We will cover both hot and fast, and low and slow styles. This techniques and methods class is NOT specific to any one cooker, it is adaptable for all.

Class will be held behind the Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club located at 2400 Havendale Blvd, Winter Haven FL. There will be a CCTV setup so everyone sees everything easily.

Class begins at noon on Saturday and goes until dinner time when you are treated to a smoked prime rib meal with all of the fixin’s. Afterwards you can shoot the breeze around the campfire, or retire for the night. RV’s and campers welcome with a $30 hookup fee (benefits Boys and Girls Club). Sunday morning we start back at 7:30 and there will be pastries and coffee. You will also get to sample chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket on Sunday – no one goes hungry! Class typically ends around 3-3:30pm or when all the questions have been answered.

To avoid missing out, register early. $500 includes everything and some swag. Verified teammates $400. Spouse $200. Each attendee must complete an application. Pay by check to the address on the application. Click the file for the application, print and mail in. Nov’22 App

To pay by credit card use the below link. Note – you do NOT have to have a PayPal account to use the link. PayPal fees are included in the total shown.


Swamp Boys Q School



 Posted by at 10:29 pm
Jan 192022
 

Swamp Boys set up

This January 28 – 29, and then February 4-5, you can come eat world-class barbecue with Swamp Boys at 2 of the best events in the state.

The Lakeland Pigfest happens Friday, Jan. 28 from 5:00pm – 10:00pm, and again Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Parking is free and entry is $5, 12 and under are free. Buy Pig Bucks at the booth when you get there, then come find us. 20% of all of our sales will will go to help local charities.

Winter Haven’s Smoke on the Water is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4 – 5. This is a major fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County, and 20% of our sales will be going back to the B&G Clubs. Admission on Friday is $10 and is more adult oriented with a party vibe. Saturday is for the family, with admission just $2 and kids 10 and under are free.

Insider tip for both events – come early. We cook all of our bbq fresh onsite, and we will run out before closing time. Also, we can package your food to-go, so you can enjoy it later. And check out this article from 3 years ago on How to Make the Most of a BBQ Contest as a Spectator.

 Posted by at 11:50 pm
Jan 012022
 

I am giving up a seat for my Q School on Feb. 12-13 being held in Winter Haven, FL behind the Boy’s Club on beautiful Lake Cannon.

Click the PayPal link below to make a donation of $25 or more for the Winter Haven Citrus Center Boys and Girls 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 $1,000 for the kids. Each entry will have a 1 in 40 chance of winning. I will have a live Facebook drawing (Rub Bagby) and notify the winner. I will give a check for 100% of money donated to our Citrus Center Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, and Swamp Boys will cover the PayPal fees. If you enter and don’t win, up to $50 of your donation to the Club can be deducted from your entry fee. It’s a win-win! Thanks for helping the kids and good luck!

We’ve reached our goal, $1,050 will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs! Thank you to those who donated! The drawing for the class will happen likely Thursday, Jan. 6. Stay tuned.

 Posted by at 12:36 pm
Dec 212021
 

After 2 long years of no classes, we are happy to report that there is a Swamp Boys Q School scheduled for Feb. 12-13, 2022.

Join us for this 2 day class, where you will learn the art and science of barbecue. This class is great for any level of experience – from the first time backyarder, to the seasoned competitor. I will share all of the techniques and tips I have learned over the past 18 years of competing, teaching you how to make the best food in the neighborhood or for the judges. And for the first time, I will be sharing my recipes that have helped me win 64 Grand Championships and 52 Reserve Grand Championships!

We will cover both hot and fast, and low and slow styles. This techniques and methods class is NOT specific to any one cooker, it is adaptable for all.

Class will be held behind the Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club located at 2400 Havendale Blvd, Winter Haven FL. There will be a CCTV setup so everyone sees everything easily.

Class begins at noon on Saturday and goes until dinner time when you are treated to a smoked prime rib meal with all of the fixin’s. Afterwards you can shoot the breeze around the campfire, or retire for the night. RV’s and campers welcome with a $30 hookup fee (benefits Boys and Girls Club). Sunday morning we start back at 7:30 and there will be pastries and coffee. You will also get to sample chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket on Sunday – no one goes hungry! Class typically ends around 3-3:30pm or when all the questions have been answered.

To avoid missing out, register early. $500 includes everything and some swag. Verified teammates $400. Spouse $200. Each attendee must complete an application. Pay by check to the address on the application. Click the file for the application, print and mail in. Feb’22 App

To pay by credit card use the below link. Note – you do NOT have to have a PayPal account to use the link. Credit card fees ($18) are included in the total shown.


Swamp Boys Q School




 Posted by at 1:49 pm
May 232021
 

Although the worst of the global pandemic is apparently behind us, some unlikely trickle down effects are causing problems in the barbecue sauce world for us little guys. Plastic is in short supply.

When COVID hit, supply chains became screwed up worldwide. This affected plastics production along with most everything else. Then add in the winter storm that hit Texas in February, which shut down many petroleum based plants, and we have an even bigger problem. According to this article in the Harvard Business Review, it may take up to a year to get everything in the plastic supply chain back in balance.

What does this have to do with Swamp Boys BBQ Sauces? It means your favorite retail store may run out for a bit. It means that there are going to be times when we can’t get plastic bottles. It means sometimes when we can get plastic bottles, they may look different than our traditional bottle. It means our glass jars and lids may change – and they have. All nightmares for brands that count on continuity.

Thanks for your patience while we work through some changes. It’s frustrating to not be able to provide our products to everyone who wants it. But we’re trying. And like the rest of the world, we are really looking forward to life being back to normal again. Please stay with us and thanks for your continued support.

-Rub

 Posted by at 10:10 pm