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"
  • 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.
  • 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: 2009

Team Bio:
Smoker and The Bandits is an award winning bbq cooking team started by Justin (JD) Davis, Mike McBee, Roland Chad Hopkins, Brant Phelps and Keith Lindsay out of Jesup, GA! Our 1st competition was in Jesup, GA at the Arch festival. We competed in the Florida Barbeque Association (FBA) back yard division and took 1st place on the ribs, 3rd place on the boston butts, and 2nd overall. Since then we've also joined the Georgia Barbeque Association (GBA) and the KCBS and started competing in their events as well.Inspired by the southern traditions of many great bbq champions we aim to make the best tasting BBQ you've ever put in your mouth!

Hometown: Jesup
State/Province: GA
Country: US

Most wins in a year:

Biggest Wins: ​2011 Pine Tree Festival Grill Off in Swainsboro, GA. Out of 23 teams we place 1st in ribs and 2nd overall!

Sponsors: Currently seeking!! Contact us on our website for more information on how to become a sponsor of Smoker and The Bandits!!

Website: http://www.smokerandthebanditsbbq.com


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