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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Year Started: 2006

It all started for me in August 2005 with a phone call from my friend Steve from the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. He asked me to help cook ribs at a competition charity event run by Garry Maddox at Citizen?s Bank Park - I agreed. This was the first time I ever cooked ?real? BBQ. We used two $30 brinkman smokers and finished in the top 5!

We are now the greatest BBQ?ers in the world ... in our own minds. We upgraded our equipment to a couple of Weber Smoky Mountains and a Big Green Egg smoker, then planned our KCBS debut in 2006.

Our first competition was at ?BBQ on the Farm? in Bristol, PA. We finished 8th in ribs and dead last in brisket and had a great time. We also gained a new member to the team, Jack Rhubright, who I still cook with today. Mid-way through our 2006 season Jack and I officially changed our team name to Blind Pig BBQ. -Tom Bera

The origin of the name "Blind Pig" stems from the prohibition days in Chicago. A "Blind Pig" was an establishments that illegally provided alcoholic beverages. The saloonkeeper would charge customers to see an attraction (such as an animal), and provide a "complimentary" alcoholic beverage, thus circumventing the law.

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
State: PA
Country: US

Most wins in a year: http://www.blindpigbbq.net/awards.htm

Biggest Wins: Reserve Grand Champion at 2007 NJ State BBQ Championship with 1st place ribs and 3rd place brisket.

August 8th, 2009 1st Place Ribs in the Pit Masters Division,
1st Place Ribs in Garry?s Rib Challenge! -- (Overall winner of the combined Pit Master and Restaurant division.)
Garry Maddox Ribfest - Citizen Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA


Website: http://www.PhillyBlindPig.com


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