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April - Busiest Month of the Year
With the exception of April 18-19, when just about every FBA team will be in Venice, FL, there are two contests each weekend. If you're not cooking or judging an FBA contest in April, you're probably still hibernating from the long winter. Wake up and smell the smoke!
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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 Divison 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
Sweet Smoke Q Leaps Ahead . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Sweet Smoke Q
With their win in Thomaston, GA, Sweet Smoke Q has taken a 60-point lead in the 2014 FBA Team of the Year Race. Despite a 1st in both Ribs and Brisket, and a 2nd in Pork, Killer B's BBQ ended up as Reserve, a point and a half back. Once again, Chicken was the deciding factor.

The 7th Annual Smoke on the Water BBQ Festival also hosted the 2014 FBA Georgia State Championship. Sweet Smoke Q adds that banner to their ever-growing collection of trophies.


Reserve:
Killer B's BBQ
The Big Kahuna Owns Marianna . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Big Kahuna BBQ

Reserve:
Poverty Hill Smokers
Hometown favorite Cary Sapp, cooking as The Big Kahuna BBQ, has won the Paint n Pork Fest in Marianna, FL for the third time in four years. Starting out strong with 1st Place in Chicken and Ribs, The Big Kahuna slipped with an 8th Place in Pork but recovered with 4th Place in Brisket to win the contest, more than 6 points ahead of Poverty Hill Smokers, who were Reserve. A total of 19 teams cooked the contest, perhaps next year one of them will be able unseat the reigning champ.
When You're Hot, You're Hot . . . . . . Click for Scores
Matt Barber, Hot Wachula's one-man team, fought his way to the top of the field at the Kissimmee Valley Rib Rodeo - Kissimmee, FL - with a 1st in Chicken and Ribs, his third win of the FBA Contest Season. Sweet Smoke Q, who still holds 1st Place in the Team of the Year Race, was Reserve and still wondering how they ended up with 12th Place Ribs.

In the Backyard Division, Six Guns & Lou BBQ took the Grand in the second year of this event as an FBA Sanctioned contest.


Grand Champion:
Hot Wachula's

Reserve:
Sweet Smoke Q
Big Papa Wins the Big "O" . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Big Papa's Country Kitchen
There was no stopping Big Papa's Country Kitchen - 1st Place in both Ribs and Brisket, 2nd in Chicken, and the win. Out of 34 Pro teams, Dana Hillis' Big Papa's Country Kitchen slammed home a 13-point victory over Sweet Smoke Q and closed the gap between them to 39 points in the Team of the Year Race.

An even dozen teams cooked Backyard with Swine Dynasty taking the Grand. This was the fourth time the Battle at the Big "O" in Okeechobee, FL was run, the first though as an FBA Sanctioned event. Congratulations to Organizer Noel Stephens for a most successful event.


Reserve:
Sweet Smoke Q
Don't Blink Wink, You Won . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Wink's Barbeque

Reserve:
Glenn Bob's BBQ
Sometimes you just cook better as the day goes on. Wink Yelverton started out with 10th Place Chicken, then moved up a notch to 7th in Ribs, a bit more with 5th in Pork and finished with a 1st Place Brisket and the Grand. Cooking the FBA circuit since April 2012, this is Wink's first Grand Championship. Glenn Bob's BBQ was Reserve and 1st in Chicken, missing the win without a top-10 place in Ribs.

This was the fourth year of the Southeast Regional Pigfest - Tallahassee, FL. Wink's already put this one on his 2015 calendar.

It Was Only One Point, But Enough For The Win . . . . . . Click for Scores
Between Budmeisters BBQ, who took Grand along with 1st in Ribs and 2nd Pork, and Big Papa's Country Kitchen, who was Reserve and 1st in both Chicken and Brisket, stood just over a single point when the smoke settled. For the 20 Pro teams that cooked Pig On The Pond "For The Kids" - Clermont, FL, it was an opportunity to cook one of the oldest barbecue contests in the State of Florida. Perfect weather, huge crowds, and one of the nicest locations for a contest. Everyone was a winner this weekend!

Grand Champion:
Budmeisters BBQ

Reserve:
Big Papa's Country Kitchen
Hot Wachula's Second Grand of the Year . . . . . . Click for Scores
Finishing out the first half of the 2014 FBA Season with a win was just what Matt Barber, head cook of Hot Wachula's needed to tighten up the Team of the Year Race. The Treasure Coast BBQ Championship at Ft. Pierce, FL was the perfect venue for it. Locking up a 1st in Brisket was just icing on the cake for the one-man team. Smokin Flames BBQ, some six points back, was Reserve in the third annual smoking of this event. 26 Pro and 6 Backyard teams cooked the contest.

Grand Champion:
Hot Wachula's

Reserve:
Smokin' Flames
Everglades First Grand of the Season at Haines City . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Everglades Seasoning BBQ Team
Having placed Reserve twice at Haines City - once as Smokin' Cracker - Jimmy Brod's Everglades Seasoning BBQ Team won its first Grand of the year at Haines City, FL with a pair of 3rd Places and a pair of 5th Places. Hot Wachula's was Reserve. Both teams once again proving that consistent cooking wins contests.

In the Backyard division, Hot Ashes was Grand with a score of 763 overall, good enough to have placed 4th in the Pro division.


Reserve:
Hot Wachula's
Apopka Rocks With Two Perfect Scores . . . . . . Click for Scores

Grand Champion:
Git-R-Smoked

Reserve and
Perfect Pork Score:
Uncle Kenny's BBQ

Perfect Pork Score:
Bull Rush BBQ
114 Teams, 81 of them Pro, 2 Perfect Scores, both in Pork, and new high scores for the year in almost every category; what a contest! Terry McKay's Git-R-Smoked was Grand Champion as well as 1st in Chicken, setting a high score in that category. Uncle Kenny's BBQ took Reserve and tied with Bull Rush BBQ in Pork - perfect scores for both teams; the second time a perfect score for Pork was given at this same contest.

The Old Florida Outdoor Festival in Apopka, FL has set the bar very high for next year. Organizer Chuck Carnesale gets a standing ovation for this event!

Wooley Bully Wins Winter Haven . . . . . . Click for Scores
It was less than a third of point, but it was just enough for the Grand, as Damon Wooley's Wooley Bully Mafia squeaked past Good Buddies at the 10th Annual Smoke on the Water contest in Winter Haven, FL. In a field of 58 Pro teams, only ten points separated the top ten teams; one of the closest contests in recent years. In the Backyard Division, perennial favorites Jamakin Me Hungry was Grand champion.

Congratulations to Organizer Frank Csomos and his team of dedicated volunteers for another successful event for the Boys and Girls Club.


Grand Champion:
Wooley Bully BBQ Mafia

Reserve:
Good Buddies

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