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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Year Started: 2013

Husband and wife, Matt and Margaret Vitale are foodies and barbecue enthusiasts. Before starting their legal careers, Matt and Margaret both worked in the hospitality industry, and ran a stall together at the Queen Victoria Night Market in 2007 selling Porchetta (Roman-style roast pork). Professional demands meant that their passion for food and barbecue was limited to backyard and family events, until they formed the Southside Smokers, to compete at a small barbecue competition held in conjunction with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in March 2013, which the Southside Smokers won.
As there had never been a competition of this kind in Australia before, the Southside Smokers were invited by the KCBS to compete at prestigious 25th Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue, in Lynchburg Tennessee (The Jack). In October 2013, the Southside Smokers performed extremely well at The Jack, finishing 10th in the Chef?s Choice category with their signature dish, Porchetta

State: VI
Country: AU

Most wins in a year:

Biggest Wins: Grand Champion - Redheads Melbourne Pro Barbecue Cook-off - 2013
10th Place - Chef's Choice - 26th Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue 2013
3rd Place - Lamb - Port Macquarie Australian BBQ Championships - 2014


Website: http://www.southsidesmokers.com


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