July 28, 2019
The Old Florida Outdoor Festival in Apopka has changed their name to Apopka Proud. The dates for upcoming Apopka BBQ contest in 2020 have been changed to April 3-4.
A new contest has been approved by the BOD. The Rock & Brews BBQ contest will take place on November 15-16, 2019 at Camp Mack which was recently acquired by Guy Harvey. Camp Mack is located east of Lake Wales with easy access to Kissimmee State Park and Lake Kissimmee. Check out the Event Calendar for further details.
FBA elections are just around the corner. This year four positions are up for election: President, Secretary and two Director positions (held by Steve Brumm and Lou Goldman). Anyone interested in running for any of these positions should contact Ben Purvis with questions.
June 24, 2019
Congratulations to Butts & Clucks on the Bay in Apalachicola for being selected to be the FBA Florida State Championship for 2020. This is a major recognition of the superb efforts of organizer John Solomon and his team building and conducting this exciting contest over the past two years. Check out the contest details on the FBA Event Calendar.
June 24, 2019
The FBA BOD approved the sanction request for the return of the Jefferson BBQ Fest in Monticello on November 8-9. This is a PRO contest and the second year for this growing contest. Check out the FBA Event Calendar for details.
June 24, 2019
The FBA BOD approved the sanction request for a new contest in Altamonte Springs for November 2, 2019. The Beer, Bacon & BBQ Festival will be the first BACKYARD only contest conducted under the new backyard sanctioning terms. This is a three meat contest – chicken, ribs, bacon, along with a Peoples Choice pulled pork competition. This is a one day only contest on Saturday with turn-ins delayed until mid afternoon. Check the FBA Event Calendar for details.
June 24, 2019
Congratulations to Kitty and Chuck Dolan on receiving a unanimous recommendation and BOD vote to enter FBA Contest Representative training. Kitty and Chuck shadowed the Haines City contest earlier this year and completed a lengthy application survey which was evaluated by the REP Trainers, receiving high marks. They now embark on formal training in the FBA Scoring system, FBA contest rules and the detailed process of conducting an FBA sanctioned contest.
June 24, 2019
Congratulations to Bryan Durta on becoming FBA’s newest Contest Representative. Bryan has successfully completed the REP training program including shadow of one contest and working as a training REP at 5 additional contests during the year, along with an extensive pre-training course of study. On June 24th, the BOD unanimously voted for Bryan to become the latest certified Contest Representative.
May 20, 2019
A new contest has been added to the FBA Event Calendar in Leesburg, FL. It is the 7th Charity Chili Cook-off & BBQ Competition being staged by the Lake County Fire Fighters. This is a BACKYARD ONLY contest with a total payout just over $3200. Last year over 20 teams participated in this event and the organizer is targeting 30 teams for this year, with 20 teams already committed. Details are on the FBA website in the Event Calendar.
May 16, 2019
A new contest has been added to the FBA Event Calendar in Green Cove Springs. It is the First Coast Ham Jam, returning after an eight year absence. This event is a PRO only contest that will take place at the Clay County Fairgrounds on October 18-19. Details are on the FBA website in the Event Calendar.
The Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues contest has been re-sanctioned for another three years and is not posted on the FBA Event Calendar. This is one of the exciting contests that helps kick of the beginning of each year, including great car show, airplane displays and huge crowds.
October 1, 2018
At the request of the organizer for the Jefferson BBQ Fest in Monticello, the backyard division has been deleted from the contest. Only a PRO division competition will take place on November 3rd.
August 12, 2018
FBA has sanctioned a new contest – Florida Sports Fest – for September 28-29 at Orlando Festival Park next to the Orlando Executive Airport. The event has been added to the FBA Event Calendar. Judge signups will begin as soon as the signup sheet is posted. Details regarding team signups are coming soon. Mark you calendars and keep checking the FBA website and Facebook sites for more details on the fast approaching contest.
July 27, 2018
FBA has added two new sponsors with special discounts for FBA Members only! Check out the “SHOP” menu on the FBA website, accessible to member only, and see the great deals now offered by Cowboys Restaurants (owned by Jim McCoin – Big Daddy Q) and Sweet Smoke Q (owned by Jim Elser – Past President FBA). More sponsors are signed up to offer special FBA Members Only deals so keep checking the FBA website for news when they come online.
July 18. 2018
A judges seminar has been scheduled for September 21st at the FBA contest in Perry, FL. Anyone interested in becoming a certified FBA BBQ judge needs to sign up for the seminar at the following FBA website link: Judge Signup
Only 18 spots are being offered at this time so don’t hesitate. Details are found in the FBA Event Calendar at: Judge Seminar – Perry
June 21, 2018
ATTENTION TEAMS! The dates for the Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash have changed! At the organizer’s request, the dates of this contest have been moved to March 29-30 instead of the original April dates. Check your calendars and be sure to reserve the new dates to compete in this awesome event that support a great charity.
June 5, 2018
Announcing four (yes 4) new contests coming to FBA. Davenport is hosting a new contest for the next three years during the Labor Day weekend. Monticello, who has been hosting a non-sanctioned contest for years, has moved up to a fully FBA sanctioned contest this November. Also in November is the first of three annual contests in Pompano Beach connected with the Miami Dolphins legends. This is a well established event now running for 9 years that is expanding by adding an FBA sanctioned contest to the existing week long festivities. And in June 2019, a new contest comes to Bradenton affiliated with All America Smokers.
May 16, 2018
Team signups for the Odessa contest in October are now open at the following link:
April 30, 2018
FBA has received notification that the Lake Wales contest organizer has decided to renew their sanction for another 3 years, with this year’s contest taking place on Nov 30-Dec 1.
FBA has received notification that two more contests have submitted sanction requests:
Monticello – this contest has been running for several years as a backyard-only contest and now wants to sanction a PRO contest.
Bradenton – this is a totally new contest targeted for June 2019 being organized by two brand new FBA members, Maria Gomez and William Peraza.
March 27, 2018
NEW CONTESTS !!!!
The FBA BOD approved two new contests for this year during last night’s meeting. Old Town BBQ Throwdown at Kissimmee Old Town Theme Park (May 25-26) and Skinny’s BBQ Throwdown (June 7-9) at the Merritt Island Moose Lodge. Contest details will be posted on the FBA website as soon as possible. Both contests will use the FBA online judge signup process. Online judge signups lists are now active for both contests.
February 24, 2018
Congratulations to Rub Bagby (Swamp Boys) for taking home the GRAND CHAMPION trophy at Ribs on the Ridge today, barely squeezing past Lee Thompson & Amanda Podlucky (Pig Chicka Cow Cow) who took home the RESERVE GRAND trophy. And a big congratulations goes out to Cooters N Smoke for taking the GRAND in the backyard division with Smokin Ain’t EZ grabbing the RESERVE GRAND trophy in backyard, proving it may be EZ afterall.
Congratulations goes out to BBQ judge Leon Sakoff for winning the judge’s half of the 50/50 raffle and to Tattoo Q (Lewis & Vicki Leonard) for taking home the cook teams half of the raffle today. Each of them won $75 in today’s raffle.
February 17, 2018
Congratulations to BBQ judge Jim Frazee for winning the judge’s half of the 50/50 raffle at Grills Gone Wild in Davenport and to Two Crackers Cooking (Tim Canada) for taking home the cook teams half of the raffle today. Each of them won $58 in today’s raffle.
February 10, 2018
Today a new tradition was born in the FBA thanks to some great spirit within the judge community and an idea promoted by Russ Allen. At Apopka we started a 50/50 raffle where the judges get to purchase raffle tickets all morning at a competition and the winning are split between a lucky judge and a cook team who is a member of FBA and did not get to walk during awards. The judges came out in full force for the idea and purchased $424 worth of raffle tickets, which means one lucky judge (Barbara Pinkerton) walked home with $212 in raffle winning and during the awards celebration it was announced that Bamboo Warriors was randomly selected by the REP computer to receive the cook team’s portion of the winnings, also $212. The judges almost unanimously voted to continue the 50/50 raffle as a way to electrify the judging experience a little while at the same time supporting the cook teams in some manner to encourage their return to the competitive fields at future contests.
February 7, 2018
The Apopka BBQ Blast has reached 100 teams now signed up to compete. This means at least 133 judges get to experience some awesome Que and the party will be huge Friday night with live bands and fireworks. The team list and confirmed judges list are now posted on the FBA website under the Apopka event page in the calendar.
February 3, 2018
Take a quick break to view the video from the Clucks and Butts competition just conducted last week in Apalachicola, Florida. Pig Chick-Cow-Cow won their second Grand at the event and this contest was attended by 25 of the best teams in FBA at a spectacular venue. Clucks and Butts will be building towards a bigger contest next year and is committed to always be an FBA sanctioned contest. Watch the video by clicking the link below:
February 3, 2018
Congratulations to Uncle Kenny for taking home the Grand at Smoke on the Water in Winter Haven today in a real squeaker over Pig Chicka-Cow-Cow (Reserve Grand who missed winning it all by 3/100ths of a point). Smoke on the Water is the annual major charity fundraiser for the Citrus Center Boys & Girls club of Winter Haven. This is their most important fund raiser for the year and generates over $50,000 in funds to keep the club open for community boys and girls after school every day, including providing meals for those in need.
January 29, 2018
The Ft Myers contest has been posted on the FBA Event Calendar for the next three years in April. Judges for this contest will be signing up using the FBA online judge signup sheet process. The signup sheet should be posted within the next day and remain open for the following 30 days. Since the organizer just chose to use the FBA online signup process and it is inside the normal 120 day lead-time window, the signup process will be compressed after the 30 day window closes.
January 21, 2018
Judges scores are now posted for the Zephyrhills contests, both backyard and PRO.
January 20, 2018
A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Matt Barber on his GRAND CHAMPION win in Zephyrhills today along with his PERFECT 200 score in RIBS. Matt pulled of an incredible DOUBLE PERFECT over the past two weeks, scoring a PERFECT 180 in Tyroli, Italy last week and now a PERFECT 200 in Zephyrhills – both in RIBS.
Also a big congratulations to Todd LeMaster for his PERFECT 200 in chicken, a really tough trick.
Lee Thompson and Amanda Podlucky barely missed a PERFECT score in pork with a score of 199.283 and Rub Bagby fell just shy of the PERFECT mark on brisket with another category win.
This was an awesome contest, bigger and better and with a great crowd turnout and live music. Looking forward to going again next year to see the improvements and growth in teams and excitement.
January 18, 2018
The final confirmed judges list for Pigz-N-Z’hills will be posted today.
The confirmed judges list for Smoke on the Water in Winter Haven is now posted.
The confirmed judges list for the Ovideo BBQ Blowout is not posted in the Event Calendar.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL FBA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The Annual General Membership Meeting of the Florida BBQ Association will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 4 PM Eastern Time at:
Double T’s BBQ Throwdown
2727 Frontage Rd
Davenport, FL 33837
NOTE: There is currently a poll being taken on Facebook to determine the location of the Annual Meeting. At the moment, Davenport has a strong lead. I am sending this notice prior to the end of the poll in order to meet the requirement of ten days advance notice to the membership. In the event, the poll determines the meeting should be held somewhere else, I will send a new notice.
Florida BBQ Association