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: 2016

We are formally Team Kickin' Ash out of Kannapolis, NC, but when registered with KCBS we had to change our name (didn't know there was a version of that name already). My brother-in-law Alan Marks and I are Co-Head Chefs, my 2 nephews Adam and Jake are Assistant Chefs, and niece, Amanda and my daughter Alexandra make up our team in the dessert entries. We love good BBQ and work hard to be the best so all other teams look for us. Alan and I are originally from just outside Pittsburgh, PA but have been here in NC for over 20 years. We bring a combination of North and South BBQ styles to competition.

Hometown: Kannapolis
State: NC
Country: US

Most wins in a year: 5

Biggest Wins: 1st place Dessert Appearance 2017, 12th place Chicken 2017, 1st place Pork (180 score)- 4th place Chicken- 8th place Ribs- 3rd place overall score 2017.

Sponsors: Clint's Volvo Clinic


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