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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Year Started: 2010

Growing up in the cold north of Sweden, Johan "Big Swede" Magnusson first fell in love with the art of BBQ when smoking fish or game. Few childhood memories were stronger than putting a newly caught trout in the smoker and after a few hours, enjoy the wonderful smoky flavor and texture.
When moving to the US he realized that BBQ and smoking is so much more. Ribs, brisket, pork, sausages, chicken, turkey; they all tasted better when flavored with apple wood or pecan. Suddenly a whole new world opened up and he realized that this is food heaven. Getting up early in the morning and light the chimney starter and then 16 hours later reap the fruits of a long smoke and slice a peppery brisket or a shred a pork shoulder.

So the Big Swede decided to combine the best of two worlds; the old art of traditional American BBQ and the wild and earthy flavors of Scandinavia. The fusion mixed very well and Big Swede BBQ was the end result: American BBQ with a Viking twist. Johan is also a Certified BBQ Judge and the producer of his line of BBQ rubs - The Big Swede BBQ Badass BBQ Boosts.

Hometown: Scottsdale
State: AZ
Country: US

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Website: www.bigswedebbq.com


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