FBA Team of the Year

The Team of the Year program (TOTY)

TOTY recognizes those FBA cook teams that have perfected barbecue recipes after many sanctioned contests and years of experimentation. Is it the best barbecue? Well, judging by the points, we’d have to say it’s certainly the best in the minds of our FBA certified judges!

The Team of the Year race begins each year with the first contest after the annual FBA Funcook on Labor Day weekend. It ends with the last contest of the summer, just before the FBA Funcook.

The Top 10 teams receive awards at the Celebrate Last Year party held at the Funcook and the number one team has their cook team name inscribed in the Joby Stanaland Team of the Year Trophy, donated by the very first TOTY winners – The Sorry Boys: Chip Faul and Gary Leyman – in 2002 and named after the FBA’s first president.

Previous TOTY Winners

2017 – Swamp Boys
2016 – Sweet Smoke Q
2015 – Hot Wachula’s
2014 – Sweet Smoke Q
2013 – Hot Wachula’s
2012 – Big Papa’s Country Kitchen
2011 – Get-R-Smoked
2010 – Big Papa’s Country Kitchen
2009 – Swamp Boys
2008 – Swamp Boys
2007 – Home BBQ
2006 – Home BBQ
2005 – Home BBQ
2004 – Home BBQ
2003 – Home BBQ
2002 – Sorry Boys


2016-2017 Team of the Year Rules

  • You must cook all 4 categories at a contest to receive any points. A DQ in a category does not disqualify you from points in the other categories.
  • 1 point for showing up and cooking all 4 categories at the contest.
  • 10 points for 1st place in a category, 9 points for 2nd, and so on down to 1 point for 10th place.
  • 10 points for Grand Champion, 9 points for Reserve, 8 points for 3rd overall, and so on down to 1 point for 10th place overall in addition to the category points
  • No substitute cook teams will be able to participate in the absence of any cook team for the purpose of accumulation of TOTY points.
  • The participation of regular cook team members without the head cook will be subject to review and interpretation by the FBA Board of Directors to determine if TOTY points will be awarded.
  • TOTY points and points for other FBA programs will only be awarded to teams where the head cook is a member of the FBA
  • The total points at the end of the year will determine the Team of the Year.
  • Only a tie for first place (Team of the Year) will be determined by the total accumulated scores from each contest the teams have cooked; all other places allow for a tie.
  • The FBA Funcook points do not count toward TOTY.
  • TOTY points are doubled for all FBA State Championships
  • Numbers in each place column represent number of times team has placed at that position.
  • Numbers under Total, Chick, Rib, Pork & Brisk are total points in that category.
  • Batting Average is Total Points divided by # of contests, divided by 100 (shows per contest performance).
  • Average Rank shows the ranking of team based on per contest performance.
  • Payouts for TOTY competition are as follows:

1st – $2,000            6th – $300
2nd – $1,000           7th – $250
3rd – $500              8th – $200
4th – $400              9th – $125
5th – $350             10th – $100