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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  • 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: 2011

Originally hailing from the picturesque town of Columbus, MT nestled in the foothills of the Beartooth Mountain range, Cooper and Josh both relocated to the Kansas City area over a decade ago. Cooper for college in 1996 and Josh for work in 2000. Being the avid BBQ fans and big eaters that they are, both became KCBS CBJs in 2010 and have now entered the competition circuit. They look to bring some flavors of the Big Sky state to the masses and have a lot of fun while doing it.

Ryan Hale and Matt Locke are both Lee's Summit, MO natives and join the team as master sheetmetal fabricators for the construction of Big Sky BBQ's smokers. They also bring a lifetime's experience of eating and cooking KC-style BBQ to the team.

Josh Bovee - Co-Lead Cook
Cooper VanValkenburgh - Co-Lead Cook
Ryan Hale - Cook, Smoker Fabricator
Matt Locke - Cook, Smoker Fabricator

Hometown: Lee's Summit
State: MO
Country: US

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