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From the FBA Contest Calendar
Jan 17, 2015  Zephyrhills, FL
Feb 7, 2015  Winter Haven, FL
Feb 14, 2015  Apopka, FL
Feb 28, 2015  Haines City, FL

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Wink’s Barbecue Flies in for the Win at Zephyrhills . . . . . . Click for Scores


Wink’s Barbecue brings their A game to every contest. Their skills paid off with a Grand Champion win at Pigs in Z’hills in Zephyrhills, FL, held on January 16 & 17, 2015.  They didn’t let the cool weather hold them back. A visiting team from the north, Extra Mile BBQ,  showed off their skills with the Reserve Grand Champion win. Peter Golob of Extra Mile BBQ has joined the Florida Bar B Que Association. Welcome to the FBA!

Grand Champion:
Wink’s Barbecue

Extra Mile BBQ

Budmeisters Wins Southern Pines Blues & BBQ . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:

Hot Wachula's
Thomas Henry took his skills to Perry, FL and ended the year with his second Grand Champion's trophy of 2014. Edging out Hot Wachula's by less than a point, his best finish for the day was a couple of 5th Places. 34 teams cooked the Southern Pines Blues & BBQ for the fifth year of this contest that has the distinction of being the last one of the year.
Team Unknown Wins Lake Wales . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Team Unknown

Cedar Creek BBQ
Team Unknown BBQ made sure the judges knew who they were at the first Orange Blossom Barbeque Revue in Lake Wales, FL. 1st Place Ribs and the Grand certainly made it a winning weekend. Cedar Creek BBQ was Reserve along with 1st Place in Pork.
Two Perfect Scores . . . . . . Click for Scores
The judges were certainly in a generous mood in Jacksonville at the 2nd Annual Smokin Flamingo BBQ & Music Festival. Rooster Sunday, cooking in their second FBA contest, got a 200 for their Pork entry and B&T BBQ Cook Team was awarded a perfect score in Brisket. Budmeisters was the Grand Champion, setting

Grand Champion: Budmeisters

Reserve: B&T BBQ Cook Team
a new high score for the season of 779, and B&T BBQ Cook Team took Reserve in a field of 53 teams.
Blitzkrieg Romps in the Swamp . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Blitzkrieg BBQ
With a 1st in Ribs and a 2nd in Chicken, Blitzkreig BBQ came out of the Swampfest in Haines City, FL as the Grand Champion. Southern Bred BBQ, who took 1st Place in Brisket, was Reserve out of 31 teams in the first year of this contest.

Congratulations to Contest Organizer Jonathan Bartley for putting together an outstanding event. Looks like Haines City is going to be a two-contest town.

Southern Bred BBQ
Two at the Top, Two at the Bottom . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Hot Wachula's

Blitzkrieg BBQ
Well, this doesn't happen often - Hot Wachula's hauls in a 1st Place in Chicken and Pork, and 10th Place in Ribs and Brisket: Grand Champion. Blitzkrieg BBQ was just the opposite - 2nd Place in Ribs and 1st Place in Brisket, with 7th in Chicken and 10th in Pork: Reserve, just over a point behind the winner. For the third year the South Florida Pro BBQ Competition at the Isle Casino - Pompano Beach, FL, drew two dozen of the best Pro teams. Looks like this one is here for the long run.
Lang BBQ Smokers Repeats in Jesup . . . . . . Click for Scores
Lang BBQ Smokers returned to the winner's circle for the second year in a row at Jesup, GA, smoking the competition with a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and an 8th place finish - just another case of consistent cooking. Daddy Gray's, who landed 1st Place in Brisket, was Reserve.

Grand Champion: Lang BBQ Smokers

Reserve: Daddy Gray's
Accutech BBQ Wins Their First Contest . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Accutech BBQ
Well, it took them nearly four years, but the Accutech BBQ team landed their first Grand Champion's trophy in Naples, FL this weekend. With their best category - a 2nd Place in Ribs - no one could have predicted the outcome of the The Big Swamp Smoke Off until it was all over. Sweet Smoke Q was Reserve, their second time at this contest, as well as 1st Place in Pork.

Sweet Smoke Q
Whiskey Bent Returns to Winner's Circle . . . . . . Click for Scores
The last time Whiskey Bent BBQ held the champion's trophy was back in February 2013, so the win at Mulberry's Fine Swine at the Pit was a rebirth for one of the FBA's toughest teams. With a 4th and two 9th Place category finishes, there's no question that their 2nd Place Brisket did the trick, edging out Hot Wachula's who was Reserve out of 34 Pro division teams.

Grand Champion: Whiskey Bent

Reserve: Hot Wachula's
A Photo Finish in Lakeland . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion: Swamp Boys

Reserve: Big Papa's Country Kitchen
This one was almost too close to call. The KidPack Polk Project BBQ Throwdown - Lakeland, FL - ended with the top three teams separated by just over 2/10s of a point! Swamp Boys won the contest, edging out Big Papa's Country Kitchen 764.49998 to 764.28331 with Everglades Seasoning BBQ Team only 2/100s of a point behind in third place. A tight race for certain with 39 Pro teams battling down to the last drop of sauce.

The real winner of the contest, though, were the kids. Thousands of cans of food were collected by the cook teams and donated to the kids of Polk County.

Deja Vu at Lake City . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Wooley Bully BBQ Mafia
Wooley Bully BBQ Mafia, who last won the Smokin' Pig Fest in Lake City, FL in 2010, returned to the Champion's chair along with Budmeisters in Reserve. Budmeisters won the contest in 2011 and 2013 and had Reserve in 2012. Other than Wooley Bully's 1st Place Brisket, neither team had an outstanding day, just consistent cooking to rack up the points.

As one of the oldest contests in the FBA circuit, Wanda Jones, contest organizer, has made this event a must attend for the teams, drawing over 50 teams to this year's contest.

FBA Teams Dish it out in the Desert . . . . . . Click for Scores
In the first ever FBA Contest in Hobbs, NM, the FBA teams rolled into town like a dust storm. Team of the Year - Sweet Smoke Q - was the Grand Champion, but the big story was Big Papa's Country Kitchen, who took Reserve, 1st Place Chicken, and 1st Place Pork with their first perfect score. Less than 2 points separated Grand and Reserve. And just to cap off the day, Swamp Boy - Rub Bagby - who traveled through several different airports dragging a brisket, won the category just a point short of a perfect score.

Congratulation to Mark Bateman, contest organizer, for putting together a great event. Let's hope this is just the beginning!

Grand Champion:
Sweet Smoke Q

Big Papa's Country Kitchen
Hogs Gone Wild BBQ Wins the Funcook . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion: Hogs Gone Wild BBQ

Reserve: Sweet Smoke Q
Winning your first FBA contest is certainly a prize you'll never forget. Beating the Team of the Year makes it just so much more special. Hogs Gone Wild BBQ slipped past Sweet Smoke Q at this year's FBA Funcook by less than a point and a half, their 1st Place Brisket tipping the scores in their favor. And even though the win won't start the 2015 Team of the Year race, it will be the one the team will brag about for years to come.
Sweet Smoke Q - 2014 TOTY . . . . . . Click for Final TOTY Standings

2014 Team of the Year
Sweet Smoke Q
Jim Elser's Sweet Smoke Q rolled into 1st Place in the 2014 Team of the Year early on and never looked back. Their win, by 44 points over Matt Barber's Hot Wachula's, was highlighted by cooking 29 contests, more than any other team this year, and winning 5 Grand Championships, again, more than any other team this season. Can they do it again next season? Good luck.

Hot Wachula's, cooked 27 contests and won 4 Grands, but couldn't repeat from their 2013 Team of the Year Win. And Big Papa's Country Kitchen, who won the title in 2012 and 2010, ended the season in Third Place, over 100 points back. The 2015 TOTY race begins with the Lea County Black Gold BBQ Blowout in Hobbs, NM on September 13th.

B&T Takes Panama City Beach . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
B&T BBQ Cook Team
Bill and Theresa Tanner racked up just enough points to not only win the first annual Great American Blues Festival in Panama City Beach, FL, but to slide into the top ten of the 2014 Team of the Year race. Their 1st place Brisket, just 7/10ths of a point short of a perfect score, was the category that gave them the win, with the Big Kahuna taking Reserve. Third and Fourth place was won by the two teams fighting for lead in the TOTY race - Sweet Smoke Q and Hot Wachula's.

Big Kahuna BBQ
Bainbridge Was Blazin' . . . . . . Click for Scores
The FBA teams rolled into Bainbridge, GA for the 2nd annual cooking of the Smoke Under The Oaks BBQ Festival and set the town on fire. In a field of 40 Pro teams, even after awards for all four meat categories, there was no clear winner. That's until Budmeisters was called to the stage for Reserve and Hot Wachula's hauled in the Grand. There's no argument that Matt Barber's Pork score of 199.3 tipped the scales in his favor.

All agreed this was a great contest and Rob McRae did a superb job of organizing the event.

Grand Champion:
Hot Wachula's


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