FACT: There's been an 18% increase in contest participation by members in the past year    
FACT: 64% of KCBS members own three or more grills/smokers    
FACT: 70% of our members grill-out/cook BBQ more than 25 times per year    
FACT: 56% of Americans report having a smartphone, 77% of KCBS members do    
FACT: 70% of KCBS members use Facebook    
FACT: 55% of members choose charcoal when cooking for leisure    
FACT: 23% of KCBS members work in the food service industry as a restauranteur or caterer    
FACT: Learning from friends, family and at competitions is the best way to improve cooking skills    
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  • Access KCBS Preferred Rates at Choice Hotels
  • 15% off your total order from Papa Tony's seasonings and ribs.
  • One-day shopping pass at any Restaurant Depot location when you present your KCBS membership card.
  • 20% off your total order from Sadler's Smokehouse online store.
  • $0.50 off TABASCO Chipotle or any pepper sauce flavor!
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BBQ Guru Challenge

KCBS, in partnership with BBQ Guru, is proud to unveil a brand new partner program for the 2014 season - the BBQ Guru Challenge! That's right - one more way for teams to earn additional money for expertly cooked barbeque.

Traveling alongside of the Great American Cookout to 10 select events, the BBQ Guru Challenge will be offering bonus cash prizes to the two registered teams who place the highest, using select BBQ Guru products. To be eligible, teams must use either the Onyx Oven or a Control System from BBQ Guru.

Online registration is available here. Teams will also have the opportunity to register onsite with Great American Cookout hosts, Mike and Christine Peters.


The top two highest scoring teams (not necessarily the Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion of the event) will receive a check for $750 and $300, respectively. In order to receive the prize earnings, teams must post a picture to their personal Facebook page and tag both BBQ Guru and KCBS on Facebook (The BBQ Guru and The Kansas City Barbeque Society) and on Twitter (@BBQ_Guru and @KCBBQSOCIETY).


Event Location Dates
Naptown BarBAYq Contest and Music Festival Annapolis, MD 5/3 - 5/4/2014
Rock'n Ribs BBQ Festival Springfield, MO 5/9 - 5/10/2014
St. Louis Blues Week Festival St. Louis, MO 5/23 - 5/25/2014
Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival Tryon, NC 6/13 - 6/14/2014
Great Lenexa BBQ Battle Lenexa, KS 6/27 - 6/28/2014
Ribs, Pigs and Watermelon Huntington Beach, CA 8/8 - 8/10/2014
Conifer Mountain BBQ Challenge Conifer, CO 8/15 - 8/16/2014
Bliss Brews and Que Ft. Bliss, TX 10/10 - 10/11/2014
Wings Over North Georgia - Smoke - n - Thunder Classic Rome, GA 10/18 - 10/19/2014
Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue Lynchburg, TN 10/24 - 10/26/2014

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