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    
Joining KCBS has its privileges!
  • The official KCBS monthly newsletter, "The Bullsheet"
  • 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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KCBS Team Bios


Year Started: 2014

Ann and Brian Neale are a dynamic duo with two passions: Winning at competition BBQ with our team Smoke Freaks, and helping our customers win through the work we do at our business consulting firm, The Neale Group.

We got hooked on competition BBQ in 2014, when we entered an amateur competition right down the street from our Chicago home base. With a couple of beat-up WSMs and very little BBQ experience, we didn't expect much more that day than a lesson. But we nailed our cook on a day when the weather wreaked havoc on the whole field, and we ended up Rib Champions. Smoke Freaks were born that day, and we were hungry.

We spent 2015 organizing our lives and honing our skills to start secondary careers as pro cooks on KCBS BBQ circuit. We launched our first full season in 2016, and have gone on to become one of the most exciting teams on the circuit, inspiring hundreds of fans and fellow competitors to "Taste the Freakage."

Hometown: Chicago
State: IL
Country: US

Most wins in a year: 2

Biggest Wins: 3rd place overall in the 2016 thebbqsuperstore.com Wisconsin Triad.

Getting our first GCs in 2017 with our BBQ family all there to cheer us on


Website: http://www.smokefreaks.com/


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