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: 1979

Hailing from the Great State of Texas, we have built custom BBQ smokers for friends and family since 1974. Usually breaking them in with brisket, ribs, oysters and a billy goat. That’s right folks, oysters. Being from a coastal town where the oysters are plentiful, we would smoke a sack full after work with plenty of beer to follow.

Started cooking local competition back home with a new team Oil Country Cooker for 2 years and then Crown Royal Cooker for 2 years. After moving to South Carolina I built my first competition smoker in 1988 when a boss from Texas asked if I wanted to turn the South Carolinians in Spartanburg on to the taste of brisket. Cooking 200 pounds of brisket for 3 shifts, for 4 events got me back in the competition cooking fever. Over the next couple of years we also catered for weddings, birthday parties and business outings.

In 1994 when I heard Tryon was putting on a competition it was time to get back in the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival. Have been cooking there ever since along with other local events like Uniquely Union. We have won multiple times in the pork, brisket, whole hog, ribs and chicken categories.

Hometown: Inman
State: SC
Country: US

Most wins in a year: 4 Catagories

Biggest Wins: 180 perfect score in brisket.



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