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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  • Save $5 when you buy 3 bags of Adirondack Grilling Pellets
  • Access KCBS Preferred Rates at Choice Hotels
  • 10% off all Creekstone Farms® products
  • 10% off any ICEHOLE Cooler or the option to customize your ICEHOLE Cooler with your team or KCBS logo for $50.00.
  • 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.
  • $6 mail-in-rebate on premium pit-smoked Whole or Sliced Beef Briskets from Sadler's Smokehouse.
  • $0.50 off TABASCO Chipotle or any pepper sauce flavor!
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KCBS Team Bios


Year Started: 2006

Shawn and Rick Soliman are the original Smoke Hunters. The origin of the team name comes from the fact that Shawn and Rick are both avid waterfowl hunters and love to smoke wild game.
Jim Rohr is Rick's father-in-law and joined the team in 2008 when Shawn could no longer cook on weekends.

Hometown: Minooka, Plainfield
State: IL
Country: US

Most wins in a year: 3

Biggest Wins: 2013 Third place Chicken, Second place Ribs, Third place Brisket, Grand Champion - Barn Burner BBQ - Libertyville, Il.
2013 Third place Pork, Reserve Grand Champion - Central Illinois Bragging Rights - Arthur, Il.
2013 Eighth place Ribs - American Royal Invitational - Kansas City, Mo.
2013 Second place Ribs - Blazin BBQ and Bluegrass - Plymouth, In.
2013 Second place Ribs - Smoke on the River - Quincy, Il.
2013 Third place Pork, First place Brisket, Grand Champion - Grill Games - Kenosha, Wi.
2013 Second place Chicken, Second place Brisket, Grand Champion - Sam's Club National BBQ Tour - Madison, Wi.
2013 Third place Pork - Gillin in Grafton - Grafton, Wi.
2012 Second place Wings - Tyson's Best Wings on the Planet - National Finals - Bentonville, Ar.
2012 Third place Ribs, 10th place Overall - Sam's Club National BBQ Tour - Bentonville, Ar.
2012 Reserve Grand Champion - Grill Games - Kenosha, Wi.
2012 First place Brisket, Second place Pork - Reserve Grand Champion - Sam's Club National BBQ Tour - Southgate, Mi.
2012 First place Ribs, Third place Brisket - Reserve Grand Champion - Milk Cow Festival - Fair Oaks, In.
2012 First place Sausage - Winter Burn-Off - Des Plaines, Il.
2011 First place Pork - Barn Burner BBQ - Libertyville, Il.
2010 American Royal - 125th Overall
2010 Third place Pork - Red, White and BBQ - Westmont, Il.
2009 Reserve Grand Champion - North Star Blues and BBQ - Deforest, Wi.
2009 First place Chicken - Red, White and BBQ - Westmont, Il.
2008 First place Brisket - Winter Burn Off - Des Plaines, Il.
2007 Second place Ribs - Red, White and BBQ - Westmont, Il.
2007 Grand Champion - Last Fling - Naperville, Il.

Sponsors: Generac Generators

Website: http://www.smokehuntersbbq.com


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