Dec 292015
 

Swamp Boys BBQ Team was blessed to have another fun, productive, and charitable year in 2015. We were able to compete in 26 contests, in AL, AZ, FL, GA, NC, TN, TX, and The Hague, Netherlands! I travelled over 24,000 miles, all in the name of barbecue!

We won 2 Grand Championships and 4 Reserve Grand Championships, and a combined 12 top-5 overall finishes. 

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FBA Florida State Champion 2015

We repeated as the Florida BBQ Association Florida State Champions, and finished 3rd in the FBA Team of the Year race, giving us 10 years of consecutive top 5 finishes.

On the Swamp Boys Q School front I was able to teach 5 classes in FL, IA, AZ and The Hague, NL. I truly enjoy teaching the art and science of BBQ to whoever will listen, wherever they are!

Q School Grads in Netherlands!

Q School Grads in Netherlands!

Swamp Boys BBQ Sauce sales also set a record, with 4 of the top 5 KCBS Teams of the Year being customers! We were also able to be accepted into the “Fresh From Florida” campaign, as a truly Florida product. I fully expect 2016 to set more records as the good word spreads.

We're Fresh From Florida!

We’re Fresh From Florida!

Through the help of the Swamp Boys Nation (all of you!) we were able to raise almost $7,000 to give directly to 2 dear barbecue friends who each experienced extreme health emergencies in ’15, to help pay their medical bills.

Robin (L) is now a Breast Cancer Survivor!

Robin (L) is now a Breast Cancer Survivor!

Jim (R) is recovering from Acute Pancreatitus

Jim (R) is recovering from Acute Pancreatitus

And as an outgoing  member of Big Poppa Smokers Elite Team, I am honored to be able to present our local  kidsPack USA a check for $1,000 from BPS. I regret that this will be my last act as a BPS Elite Team, as the criteria to belong has changed for 2016. However I am extremely thankful for the opportunity I have had to be a part of this charitable group of barbecuers. I hope to be able to continue to support kidsPack through other avenues in 2016.

kidsPack Lakeland

kidsPack Lakeland

Of course all of this was possible with the help of my sponsors, who have provided me with the best products available: Deep South SmokersBig Poppa SmokersCompart Duroc Family FarmsNature’s Own Hardwood CharcoalGrizzly CoolersGrillGratesButcher BBQBBQ Guru3 Eyz BBQ. I fully recommend all of these products with no reservations. Please talk to me if you have questions about any of them. I will be happy to help! And most of all thank you to my family! Without the love and support of my wife and daughters none of this could have happened. I love you guys, forever.

ThankYou

 Posted by at 12:55 pm
Dec 032015
 

It is nearly 7 months after that life changing day for my good friends Jim and Jan Burg. And while Jim has made some great progress, he still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. If you are not familiar with the story you can read a little about it here. In the meantime I would like to help raise some money to help these two out during this challenging time they’re going through. SamsClub

I am going to give away a seat to my upcoming March Q School to someone randomly selected from a list of donors. This is not a raffle, because PayPal doesn’t allow raffles. So I will collect forty (40) donations of $25 each via the PayPal button below. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use the button. After the 40 donations have been made I will blindly draw a donor’s name and that person will be invited to my class for free, as a thank you for helping Jim and Jan. At that point a  $1,000 donation will be sent to Jim and Jan Burg on behalf of everyone who donated. Thank you ahead of time to everyone who helps these great people. God Bless and Merry Christmas!

The 40 “tickets” for this class have been claimed, thank you to everyone who donated! I am going to leave a PayPal donation button here for anyone who chooses to use it. Any money collected will be sent to the Burgs.




 Posted by at 12:12 am
Jun 032015
 

Our teammate Robin who has breast cancer has asked me to share a thank you note with all of you who have helped by buying t-shirts, making donations, and offering prayers:

Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much for buying a shirt! From friends at work, through BBQ and my Swamp Boys Family, to those who just saw us wearing the shirts and took time to ask, or those who I don’t know at all, but maybe just had cancer touch their lives in some way; you have all touched my life now and I can’t thank you enough.

Special thanks to Rob, Amy, and Jenna for everything they have done and continue to do daily. Hugs, smiles and jokes are so important right now too!

Things are going well and I’m in my 2nd round of chemo with surgery to follow near the end of summer and radiation after. With all the prayers and support, I am very optimistic and feel I’ll be fine. Hope to see some of you for our local BBQ competitions in the next year.

Love and Thanks,
Robin

Below is a collection of pictures of friends who have joined in the fight. Hover over a picture or click on it to see a larger view. Thanks so much to all who have helped in any way, you are awesome. God Bless.

 Posted by at 12:25 pm
May 192015
 

The class seat project is over but donations
will still be accepted through 
May 25.
Thanks to everyone for their support of Jim & Jan!

Killer B’s wins Sam’s Club

Good friend Jim Burg from Evans GA was rushed to a hospital from a BBQ contest almost 4 weeks ago with what turned out to be major pancreas issues. It happened out of nowhere. He is still in the hospital, trying to turn the corner and begin recovery. It has been very slow at best with lots of challenges.

To try to help out financially a little, I am going to give away a seat to my upcoming June Q School to someone randomly selected from a list of donors. This is not a raffle, because PayPal doesn’t allow raffles. So I will collect forty (40) donations of $25 each. After all the donations have been made I will blindly draw a donor’s name and that person will be invited to my class for free, as a thank you for helping Jim and Jan. I will mail a $1,000 check to Jim and Jan on behalf of everyone who donated. And a huge thank you to everyone else who makes a donation to help these great people. God Bless!




SamsClub

 Posted by at 8:27 pm