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.
For fans of our world class pulled pork, ribs, and BBQ sundaes, listen up! November kicks off our vending season where you can visit Swamp Boys at certain contests and buy our food. Before you do though, read my article on attending a bbq contest. One important takeaway from the article, all barbecue vendors are not equal. Ask non-vending teams who they would eat with and who they would avoid. Also we are vending rain or shine. Here is our vending schedule for November through March.
Plant City Pig Jam Nov. 22-23: This will be our 16th year competing at this contest! We start selling Friday afternoon 5 till 10pm, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. But we typically sell out before then so don’t wait till the end.
Orange Blossom Revue Dec. 6-7: This Lake Wales contest is one of my favorites ( Iwas born here), and this year it’s FREE to enter. Also new this year is cash sales. No having to buy Pig Bucks to purchase food. We start selling Friday afternoon 5 till 10pm, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. But we typically sell out before then so don’t wait till the end.
Lakeland Pig Fest at Sun N Fun Jan. 24-25: Come early to avoid traffic jams coming in. Use satellite parking if you can. Probably more bbq vendors than any other contest, and more visitors. We start selling Friday afternoon 5 till 10pm, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. But we typically sell out before then so don’t wait till the end.
Smoke on the Water Feb. 7-8: My hometown of Winter Haven really shines this weekend. Plus the contest benefits our local Boys and Girls Club, which is Swamp Boys chosen charity. There is so much happening entertainment wise at this contest, you don’t want to miss it. We start selling Friday afternoon 6? till 10pm, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. But we typically sell out before then so don’t wait till the end.
Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash March 27-28: This is a huge event in beautiful Venice, FL. This is a big fundraiser for the Suncoast Foundation which helps local charities that benefit those with disabilities. If you like bluegrass music and bbq this is for you. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the concerts. We start selling Friday afternoon 5 till 10pm, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. But we typically sell out before then so don’t wait till the end.
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 BBQ Food Truck, 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. We are licensed by the state of Florida, and fully insured. 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.