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: 2011

Flatlander Barbecue was started after Derek spent several years judging competitions in the Northeast. Derek's wife, Meghan, brought the camping expertise that he was missing, and now the two are enjoying hitting the circuit. The team name plays off the word that Vermonters tend to call folks from outside of the Green Mountain state, as Meghan and Derek are originally from southern New England and will be Flatlanders to native Vermonters for years to come.

Hometown: Barre
State: VT
Country: US

Most wins in a year:

Biggest Wins: First contest - Cape Cod Championships on June 11 & 12, we got 2nd place ribs and 5th place chicken.

Second contest - 3rd place ribs at the Safeway BBQ Battle in Washington D.C. and 9th overall.

Sponsors: At the Safeway BBQ Battle, we partnered up with Green Mountain Coffee (Derek's employer) to create entries using Green Mountain Coffee and Celestial Seasonings Perfect Iced Tea K-Cup portion packs.


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