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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 Wachulas, was highlighed 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 Wachulas, 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 Wachulas.

Reserve:
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

Reserve:
Budmeisters
Budmeisters Back On Top at Live Oak . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion: Budmeisters

Reserve: Swamp Boys
Budmeisters has once again taken the Grand at Live Oak, FL. Having alternated with Big Papa's Country Kitchen at this contest for the past three years, Thomas Henry, head cook of Budmeisters, put it together for the win and a 1st Place Brisket entry. Swamp Boy, Rub Bagby, landed Reserve out of the 50 teams who cooked the event.

The Grand at this contest slides Budmeisters back into a Top 10 slot in the Team of the Year standings.

Team Unknown Rips Up Madeira Beach . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Team Unknown
A perfect score in Brisket, 1st Place in Ribs and 2nd in Chicken lead to the Grand Champion's trophy for Team Unknown at the first Baddest BBQ on the Bone in Madeira Beach, FL. The Team's 200-point Brisket was the third perfect score this year. Swamp Boy, Rub Bagby, took Reserve along with 1st Place in Chicken.

With only three FBA contests left in the season, the Team of the Year is too close to call, especially between 1st and 2nd place.


Reserve:
Swamp Boys
Git-R-Done Got It Done . . . . . . Click for Scores
With only a 1st in Pork and a tie at that, Terry McKay's Git-R-Done won Historic Cocoa Village's BBQ & Blues - Cocoa, FL. Winks' Barbecue was Reserve, less than 2 points back; once again, Chicken was the culprit. Terry had previously twice taken Reserve at this contest; this was his first Grand.

With more than 40 teams cooking this, the fifth year of the event, Organizer Emma Kirkpatrick can easily call this year a success.


Grand Champion:
Git-R-Smoked

Reserve:
Wink's Barbecue
Joby Stanaland Memorialized . . . . . . Click for Team of the Year Standings
Joby Stanaland, the FBA's first President and one of the key people involved in the foundation of the Florida Bar-B-Que Association, has been memorialized by having the Team of the Year trophy named in his honor. Joby, who passed away several months ago, held the office of President longer than any of his predecessors. And while his cook team - The Dixie Boys - never won the award, Joby was one of the most dedicated FBA cooks, rarely missing a contest.
Team Unknown Retains Their Title . . . . . . Click for Scores
Team Unknown returned to Central Florida's BBQ Blowout in Oviedo and won it for the second year in style. After getting hammered by the judges in Chicken, they came back to take 1st Place in Ribs along with the Grand Champion's trophy.

Grand Champion:Team Unknown

Reserve:Git-R-Smoked
Terry McKay's Git-R-Smoked, who also had a low Chicken score, was Reserve and 1st Place in Pork. What is it with chicken?

In the Backyard Division, Smokin' Tomahawgs BBQ was Grand Champion with a respectable 751 point score. Nearly 60 teams cooked the Pro Division as well as 14 Backyard Teams as this contest continues to grow.

It's Swamp Boys, by a Chicken Thigh . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Swamp Boys

Reserve:
Big Papa's Country Kitchen
It was only a 1/4 of a point, but once again, Chicken was the deciding factor. Swamp Boy Rub Bagby slid past Big Papa with a pair of deuces in Chicken and Ribs, to win the Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition - Fort Myers, FL. Despite Big Papa's 1st in Ribs, 3rd in Pork, and 2nd in Brisket, he was so far out of the top 10 in Chicken, he couldn't even smell the smoke.

Congratulations to Organizer Michael Gavla for putting together this new contest on the FBA calendar. With 30 Pro teams and 5 Backyard, this is a great start to an annual event.

A Championship Season . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Sweet Smoke Q
Sweet Smoke Q has taken their fifth Grand Championship of the season, joining an elite group of teams to win 5 or more FBA sanctioned contests in one season. Their latest, at Martin County Fair's 4th Annual BBQ Fest - Stuart, FL, also came with a 1st Place in Ribs. Hot Wachula's Matt Barber was Reserve for the second year in a row, close behind Sweet Smoke Q, who won with less than 2 points. The two teams are holding steady in the Team of the Year standings, but it's going to be a fight to the finish.

Reserve:
Hot Wachula's
The Pit Crew Wins Barnesville . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
The Pit Crew

Reserve:
B & T BBQ Cook Team
With a 1st Place in Chicken and 5th in the rest of the meat categories, The Pit Crew ripped a win away from B & T BBQ Cook Team in Barnesville, GA. Despite 1st Place in both Pork and Brisket, B & T couldn't put together the points in Chicken and Ribs to hold the lead. This was The Pit Crew's first FBA Grand and only their second FBA contest this season. 35 teams cooked this, the 10th annual Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival, one of the oldest events in the FBA circuit.
Swamp Boys Rolls Over Venice, FBA Florida State Champ . . . . . . Click for Scores
Rub Bagby last won the Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash - Venice, FL in 2010 and this weekend, the judges gave it to him again. A trio of 3rd Places - Chicken, Ribs, and Pork - landed Swamp Boys a clear win over Cedar Creek BBQ, who took Reserve, 8 points back. The win carries with it the FBA Florida State Champion's trophy, the fourth time Rub has won an FBA State Championship, but the first time he's won it in Florida. Nearly 60 teams cooked this event, bringing it into the status of a major contest on the FBA circuit.

Grand Champion:
Swamp Boys

Reserve:
Cedar Creek BBQ
FBA Alabama State Champion - The Big Kahuna . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Big Kahuna BBQ

Reserve:
B & T BBQ Cook Team
It was a weekend of back-to-back Grands once again, only this time it was two different contests. In Tavares, FL, Sweet Smoke Q did it again and in Dothan, AL, Big Kahuna BBQ landed their second Grand Championship in as many weeks, taking the FBA Alabama State Championship, as well. With a trio of 2nd Places - Chicken, Ribs, and Pork, and a 3rd in Brisket, Big Kahuna had more than enough points to out score B & T BBQ Cook Team, who won Reserve. Glass Bros. BBQ was Grand Champion in the Backyard Division with a respectable score of 724.
4th Grand of the Year for Sweet Smoke Q . . . . . . Click for Scores
Sweet Smoke Q seems to be unstoppable. Winning their 4th Grand of the season at Tavares, FL, as well as a 1st in Brisket, Jim Elser's team is cooking a year to remember. With only nine possible contests left for them to cook this season, it may be that Sweet Smoke Q has nailed the Team of the Year.

Budmeisters, who is also having a great season, took Reserve out of 28 teams in this, the 7th Annual Planes, Trains and Barbeque, and moved back into the top 10 in the TOTY race.


Grand Champion:
Sweet Smoke Q

Reserve:
Budmeisters

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