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: 1997

About Chef Richard McPeake

Richard McPeake (a.k.a Educator of “Que”)

• Professional chef over 35 years!

• BBQ Pitmaster

• Graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York.

• Currently is a Chef Instructor at Kansas City Kansas Community College

• Developed over 30 restaurant concepts in his career

• Member of the KCBS

He has been awarded:

• 4 Culinary Excellence Award from Gilbert/Robinson & Creative Restaurant Management.

• 15 Travel Holiday Awards for Food Excellence

• Is 2 time 4 Diamond Award Winner from AAA.

• Past Grand Champion of American Royal, 7 First Place Awards in catergories!

• 2008 American Culinary Federation President’s Gold Medal

Authored & Self Published: (5 Smoking & Grilling Cookbooks)

Lastest Books:

• Backyard BBQ The Art of Smokology

On Best Seller list of Amazon.com for 8 years, reaching #1 Best Seller 10 times

• Simply BACKYARD BARBECUING From Grilling to Smoking

Released in Fall of 2009

Owner of Rib Stars Rub Me Tender BBQ Rubs:

• Award Winning rubs from 2003 – 2010

• Best Hot Rub in the World @ 2004 American Royal

Teacher & Educator of “Que”:

• Taught over 900 classes

• Reaching over 19,000 Students

His Rib Stars Rub Me Tender Rubs have won several awards for Mild and Hot rubs in 2010-2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2004 - 2003 including First Place at the 2004 American Royal in hot rub category. All of RibStars BBQ Rubs are "MSG Free", Gluten Free, and ALL Natural Rubs!

Hometown: Shawnee
State: KS
Country: US

Most wins in a year:

Biggest Wins: Personally: Member fo the 1982 American Royal Grand Championship Team (OPen Div.)


Website: www.ribstarsbbq.com


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