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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  • 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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The Great American Cookout

With stops in all four corners of the country, the 2018 Great American Cookout will bring the art and taste of outdoor cooking to some of the biggest and best barbeque contests, festivals and retail locations throughout the nation. In its twelfth year, the Great American Cookout will stop at 20 food festivals and select retail locations throughout the tour's seven months on the road. BBQ experts and GAC tour hosts, Mike and Christine Peters, will share grilling tips and free samples with event attendees, so bring your napkins, this is one cookout you do not want to miss!

Enter our Official Summer Cookout Sweepstakes for a chance to win up to $500 in BBQ supplies from our amazing sponsor brands. We’re drawing and announcing winners every month from May through October. Simply answer a few survey questions and get entered today! See official rules and regulations.

2018 GAC Schedule

Rock'n Ribs
4/20 - 4/21 | Springfield, MO
Atlanta BBQ Classic
4/28 - 4/29 | Atlanta, GA
Atlanta BBQ Festival
5/5 - 5/6 | Atlanta, GA
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5/24 - 5/27 | Charlotte, NC
Sun BBQFest
6/2 - 6/3 | Uncasville, CT
Almost Heaven BBQ Bash
6/15 - 6/16 | Weston, WV
Giant National Barbecue Battle
6/23 - 6/24 | Washington, DC
Let Freedom Sing
7/4 | Nashville, TN
SC Festival of Discovery
7/12 - 7/14 | Greenwood, SC
Jazz & Ribfest
7/20 - 7/22 | Columbus, OH
Smokin' Saddles BBQ Contest
7/27 - 7/28 | Dodge City, KS
Red, White, Blue and Que
8/4 - 8/5 | Wheatland, MO
Turf and Surf BBQ Championship
8/19 - 8/20 | Del Mar, CA
International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
9/21 - 9/23 | Springfield, IL
Barbecue on the River
9/27 - 9/29 | Paducah, KY
IBCA Hill Country State Championship
10/12 - 10/13 | Lockhart, TX
Smokin Blues and BBQ
10/19 - 10/20 | Duncanville, TX
Jack Daniels World Invitational
10/27 | Lynchburg, TN
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