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It is the mission of the FBA to promote the uniquely American tradition of barbecuing meat over natural wood or charcoal-fired heat and smoke through education, family-friendly fellowship, and competition.

WELCOME TO THE FBA!

Welcome to the Florida BBQ Association’s (FBA) official website… thanks for dropping by.  Please take a look around.  We have lots of information about who we are and what we love, BARBECUE!  If you love Barbecue (who doesn’t, right?), and you’re looking for a fun organization that sponsors all sorts of barbecue-related activities ranging from contests to barbecue classes to judging seminars for all ages, we’d love to have you.  Just follow the many links throughout the website to become a member.  Enjoy and happy barbecuing!

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Backyard - Keepin' it Smokin'

Join Us!! - BECOME A MEMBER

Check out our HISTORY page!

DID YOU KNOW?

The Florida BBQ Association (FBA) became a registered 501 c(7) non-profit corporation in the Summer of 2000.  Hatched by a small group of central Florida barbecue enthusiasts, they endeavored to create a barbecue organization that placed greater emphasis on being “cook team” friendly.  During the early formative years of the FBA, many “cook team” rules and practices were adopted that live on to this day.  For example: no garnish is required in a FBA turn-in box, only pure barbecue; the lowest judge’s score is not dropped, every judge’s assessment of a FBA turn-in box is given equal weight; and the time between meat category turn-ins is one hour instead of 30-minutes.  These are only a few of the features of a FBA contest that sets us apart from the other barbecue sanctioning bodies.  Now, almost 19 years later, the FBA has become one of the most renowned barbecue organizations in America.  In that time, we have gone from sanctioning only a few contests a year in Florida alone to over 30 contests a year across 5 states.  Our membership is almost 800 strong!  If you’re looking for a barbecue organization to call home, we’d love to have you.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Attention Teams!!

The FBA does not directly handle sign ups for individual Competitions. Please look for links within each event that say TEAM SIGN UP (Pro or Backyard). These links will take you to the sign ups provided by each Competition. Please be sure that you are not trying to sign up as a Judge or reading that Judge sign ups are full. Team sign ups and Judge sign ups are separate.

Upcoming events

    • 09/03/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 09/04/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Market Street Davenport , FL 33837
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Angela Iversen,  407-697-4077
    Contest Website:
    Team Sign-Ups: https://tinyurl.com/kyusjykn
    Lead Rep: Ed Shemanski, 407-242-3425
    Additional Reps: Sheilah Jones, Jim Dehne, Joe Theodoredis, Jim Douglas

    Judge Sign-Up Opens June 6th 2021

    • 09/24/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 09/25/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 203 Forest Capital Drive, Perry, FL. 32347
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Dawn Perez
    Contest Website:  http://www.smokininthepinesbbq.com
    Lead Rep: Charles Golden, 850-209-3071
    Additional Reps: Lorne Brumm, Bill Tanner, Ed Shemanski
    Pro Team Sign Up:
    Judge Sign-Ups Open June 27th 2021

    • 09/24/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 09/26/2021
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • 2732 Pine St. Unadilla, GA 31091

    Jack's Old South Cooking School will be held at my home in Unadilla, Georgia. There will be a meet and greet dinner on Friday at night, and the class starts at 9:00 am on Saturday, with Whole Hog. We'll then move on to beef and pork ribs, chicken, beef brisket, pork butts and whole pork shoulder.

    The class will end on Sunday, at 3:00 pm. My school is for the novice, the enthusiast, and the trained chef, as well as for the BBQ competitor. The recipes are the same. The difference is who you'll be feeding.

    Whether you're serving BBQ judges, customers, or just friends and family, you'll elevate your BBQ game at my class. So, come over to my house and let's cook a little Q! See you there!

    ~Myron

    • 10/15/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10/16/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 4250 SW 80th Way Bell, FL 32619
    Register

    Organizer: Donna Creamer, 352-210-1827
    Contest Website: http://www.bbqfromthehart.com/
    Lead Rep: Ed Shemanski, 407-242-3425
    Additional Reps: Lori Frazee, Bill Tanner
    Pro Team Sign Uphttps://tinyurl.com/3vmvazx2
    Team Liability Waiverhttps://tinyurl.com/jhhk763s

    Judge Sign-Up Opens: July 18th 2021. Closes: August 17th 2021


    • 10/15/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10/16/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 252 Park Ave Sopchoppy, FL 32358
    • 146

    Organizer: Anthony Stephens
    Contest Website: 
    Lead Rep: Charles Golden, 850-209-3071
    Additional Reps: Lorne Brumm, Steve Brumm
    Backyard Team Sign Up:
    Judge Sign-Up Opens July 17th 2021

    • 10/15/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 10/17/2021
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • 2732 Pine St. Unadilla, GA 31091

    Jack's Old South Cooking School will be held at my home in Unadilla, Georgia. There will be a meet and greet dinner on Friday at night, and the class starts at 9:00 am on Saturday, with Whole Hog. We'll then move on to beef and pork ribs, chicken, beef brisket, pork butts and whole pork shoulder.

    The class will end on Sunday, at 3:00 pm. My school is for the novice, the enthusiast, and the trained chef, as well as for the BBQ competitor. The recipes are the same. The difference is who you'll be feeding.

    Whether you're serving BBQ judges, customers, or just friends and family, you'll elevate your BBQ game at my class. So, come over to my house and let's cook a little Q! See you there!

    ~Myron

    • 10/22/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10/23/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 14900 Camp Mack Road, Lake Wales, FL 33898
    • 150
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Kevin DeNell, 954-465-3804
    Contest Website: www.RockNBrews.com 
    Lead Rep: Ed Shemanski, 407-242-3425
    Additional Reps: Sheilah Jones, Jim Dehne, Joe Theodoredis
    Team Sign Up (Online)https://tinyurl.com/zbjunsmn
    T
    eam Sign Up (PDF)https://tinyurl.com/4jru2yrz

    Judge Sign-Up Opens July 25th 2021

    • 10/28/2021
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
    • 7900 Old Kings Rd Palm Coast, FL 32137
    • 20

    The judges seminar will take place in Palm Coast on Thursday, October 28th at 5:30 PM at the FBA competition venue.

    We are opening 42 slots in the signup sheet for the class. Your name may move up in the slot positions if others students above you on the list cancel and remove their names. You can check the signup list at any time by going back to the seminar registration link via the Event Calendar.

    The cost for the Judge’s Seminar is $75.

    Certified BBQ Judges must be a member of FBA and their membership must be current in order to judge an FBA sanctioned contest.

    Individual membership is $40 and family membership is $60 and is not included in the seminar fee. All membership fees are non-refundable.

    Current FBA Members need only to pay the cost of $75 for the seminar unless you need to renew your membership.

    Students need to download and read the Judges Handbook from the FBA website prior to the class. The Handbook can be accessed here:

    Judges Manual.pdf
    • 10/29/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10/30/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 7900 Old Kings Rd Palm Coast, FL 32137
    • 150
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: David Ayres, 386-864-0029
    Contest Website: http://www.jimmyjamoutreach.com/upcoming
    Team Sign-Ups: http://www.jimmyjamoutreach.com/upcoming
    Lead Rep: Ed Shemanski, 407-242-3425
    Additional Reps: Sheilah Jones, Jim Dehne, Joe Theodoredis

    Judge Sign-Up Opens August 1st 2021

    • 11/12/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EST)
    • 11/14/2021
    • 3:30 PM (EST)
    • 2732 Pine St. Unadilla, GA 31091

    Jack's Old South Cooking School will be held at my home in Unadilla, Georgia. There will be a meet and greet dinner on Friday at night, and the class starts at 9:00 am on Saturday, with Whole Hog. We'll then move on to beef and pork ribs, chicken, beef brisket, pork butts and whole pork shoulder.

    The class will end on Sunday, at 3:00 pm. My school is for the novice, the enthusiast, and the trained chef, as well as for the BBQ competitor. The recipes are the same. The difference is who you'll be feeding.

    Whether you're serving BBQ judges, customers, or just friends and family, you'll elevate your BBQ game at my class. So, come over to my house and let's cook a little Q! See you there!

    ~Myron

    • 11/19/2021
    • (EST)
    • 11/20/2021
    • (EST)
    • 504 Big Tree Dr. South Daytona, FL 32119
    • 150

    Organizer: Amy Zengotita, 386-322-3070
    Contest Website: 
    Lead Rep: TBD
    Additional Reps: TBD
    Backyard Team Sign Up:
    Judge Sign-Up Opens August 22nd 2020

    • 12/10/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EST)
    • 12/12/2021
    • 3:30 PM (EST)
    • 2732 Pine St. Unadilla, GA 31091

    Jack's Old South Cooking School will be held at my home in Unadilla, Georgia. There will be a meet and greet dinner on Friday at night, and the class starts at 9:00 am on Saturday, with Whole Hog. We'll then move on to beef and pork ribs, chicken, beef brisket, pork butts and whole pork shoulder.

    The class will end on Sunday, at 3:00 pm. My school is for the novice, the enthusiast, and the trained chef, as well as for the BBQ competitor. The recipes are the same. The difference is who you'll be feeding.

    Whether you're serving BBQ judges, customers, or just friends and family, you'll elevate your BBQ game at my class. So, come over to my house and let's cook a little Q! See you there!

    ~Myron

    • 01/21/2022
    • (EST)
    • 01/22/2022
    • (EST)
    • Battery Park, 1 Bay Ave Apalachicola, FL 32320
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: John Solomon
    Contest Website:
    Lead Rep: Lorne Brumm
    Additional Reps: Steve Brumm, Charles Golden
    Pro Team Sign Up:
    Judge Sign-Up Open October 31st 2021




    • 01/28/2022
    • (EST)
    • 01/29/2022
    • (EST)
    • 1745 US Hwy 441 Leesburg, FL 34748

    Organizer: Brian Gamble, (352)267-4580, info@FirefighterCharityCF.org
    Contest Website: bbqandchilicompetition.com
    Lead Rep:
    Additional Reps:
    Backyard Team Sign Up Online:
    https://www.firefightercharityalliance.org/chili-cookoff-bbq-competition-home
    Backyard Team Sign Up Print & Mail: BBQ Comp Registration Form 2022.pdf




    • 02/04/2022
    • (EST)
    • 02/05/2022
    • (EST)
    • 5400 Havendale Blvd Winter Haven, FL 33881

    Organizer: Russell Short, 863-227-2660
    Contest Website: 
    Lead Rep:
    Additional Reps:
    Pro Team Sign Up:
    Judge Sign-Up Opens:




    • 02/11/2022
    • (EST)
    • 02/12/2022
    • (EST)
    • Appy Lane, Apopka, FL 32703
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: John Hanson, 352-255-4853
    Contest Website: http://apopkabbq.com/
    Lead Rep:
    Additional Reps: 

    Pro Team Sign Up:
    Backyard Team Sign Up:
    Team Rules:
    Judge Sign-Up Opens :


    • 02/18/2022
    • (EST)
    • 02/19/2022
    • (EST)
    • 555 Ledwith Ave. Haines City, FL 33844
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Lindsaia Johansmeyer, 863-421-5569
    Contest Website: 
    Lead Rep: Sheilah Jones, 863-289-1315
    Additional Reps: Joe Theodoredis, Tim Hughes, Ed Shemanski
    Team Sign Up: 
    Judge Sign-Up Opens November 21st 2021, Closes December 21st 2021.




    • 02/25/2022
    • 9:00 AM (EST)
    • 02/27/2022
    • 3:30 PM (EST)
    • 2732 Pine St. Unadilla, GA 31091

    Jack's Old South Cooking School will be held at my home in Unadilla, Georgia. There will be a meet and greet dinner on Friday at night, and the class starts at 9:00 am on Saturday, with Whole Hog. We'll then move on to beef and pork ribs, chicken, beef brisket, pork butts and whole pork shoulder.

    The class will end on Sunday, at 3:00 pm. My school is for the novice, the enthusiast, and the trained chef, as well as for the BBQ competitor. The recipes are the same. The difference is who you'll be feeding.

    Whether you're serving BBQ judges, customers, or just friends and family, you'll elevate your BBQ game at my class. So, come over to my house and let's cook a little Q! See you there!

    ~Myron

    • 03/04/2022
    • (EST)
    • 03/05/2022
    • (EST)
    • 5200 Airport Rd Zephyrhills, FL 33542 United States
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Melonie Monson, 813-782-1913
    Contest Website: www.zephyrhillschamber.org
    Lead Rep: TBD
    Pro Team Sign Up:
    Backyard Team Sign Up:
    Judge Sign-Up Opens:


    • 03/11/2022
    • (EST)
    • 03/12/2022
    • (EST)
    • 310 Kid Ellis Rd Mulberry, FL 33860
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Bonnie Titus, 863-712-0625
    Contest Website: 
    Lead Rep:
    Additional Reps:
    Judge Sign Ups Open December 12th 2021




    • 03/25/2022
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 03/27/2022
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • 2732 Pine St. Unadilla, GA 31091

    Jack's Old South Cooking School will be held at my home in Unadilla, Georgia. There will be a meet and greet dinner on Friday at night, and the class starts at 9:00 am on Saturday, with Whole Hog. We'll then move on to beef and pork ribs, chicken, beef brisket, pork butts and whole pork shoulder.

    The class will end on Sunday, at 3:00 pm. My school is for the novice, the enthusiast, and the trained chef, as well as for the BBQ competitor. The recipes are the same. The difference is who you'll be feeding.

    Whether you're serving BBQ judges, customers, or just friends and family, you'll elevate your BBQ game at my class. So, come over to my house and let's cook a little Q! See you there!

    ~Myron

    • 04/29/2022
    • (EDT)
    • 04/30/2022
    • (EDT)
    • Market Street Davenport , FL 33837
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Josh Hicks, 863-419-3300 x149

    Contest Website: 

    Team Application:

    Lead Rep:  Ed Shemanski, 407-242-3425

    Additional Reps:


    • 09/23/2022
    • (EDT)
    • 09/24/2022
    • (EDT)
    • 203 Forest Capital Drive, Perry, FL. 32347
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Dawn Perez
    Contest Website:  http://www.smokininthepinesbbq.com
    Lead Rep: Charles Golden, 850-209-3071
    Additional Reps: Bill Tanner, Ed Shemanski
    Pro Team Sign Up:
    Judge Sign-Ups Open June 26th 2022

    • 01/20/2023
    • (EST)
    • 01/21/2023
    • (EST)
    • Battery Park, 1 Bay Ave Apalachicola, FL 32320
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: John Solomon
    Contest Website:
    Lead Rep: Lorne Brumm
    Additional Reps: Steve Brumm, Charles Golden
    Pro Team Sign Up:
    Judge Sign-Up Open October 30th 2022




    • 02/03/2023
    • (EST)
    • 02/04/2023
    • (EST)
    • 5400 Havendale Blvd Winter Haven, FL 33881

    Organizer: Russell Short, 863-227-2660
    Contest Website: 
    Lead Rep:
    Additional Reps:
    Pro Team Sign Up:
    Judge Sign-Up Opens:




    • 02/17/2023
    • (EST)
    • 02/18/2023
    • (EST)
    • 555 Ledwith Ave. Haines City, FL 33844

    Organizer: Lindsaia Johansmeyer, 863-421-5569
    Contest Website: 
    Lead Rep:
    Additional Reps:
    Team Sign Up:
    Judge Sign-Up Opens:



    • 03/03/2023
    • (EST)
    • 03/04/2023
    • (EST)
    • 5200 Airport Rd Zephyrhills, FL 33542 United States
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Melonie Monson, 813-782-1913
    Contest Website: www.zephyrhillschamber.org
    Lead Rep: TBD
    Pro Team Sign Up:
    Backyard Team Sign Up:
    Judge Sign-Up Opens :


    • 03/10/2023
    • (EST)
    • 03/11/2023
    • (EST)
    • 310 Kid Ellis Rd Mulberry, FL 33860
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Bonnie Titus, 863-712-0625
    Contest Website: 
    Lead Rep:
    Additional Reps:
    Judge Sign Ups Open December 11th 2022




    • 04/21/2023
    • (EDT)
    • 04/22/2023
    • (EDT)
    • Market Street Davenport , FL 33837
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Katie Fussell, 863-419-3300 x138

    Contest Website: 

    Team Application:

    Lead Rep: 

    Additional Reps:


    • 09/22/2023
    • (EDT)
    • 09/23/2023
    • (EDT)
    • 203 Forest Capital Drive, Perry, FL. 32347
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Dawn Perez
    Contest Website: 
    Lead Rep:
    Additional Reps:
    Pro Team Sign Up:
    Judge Sign-Ups Open:

Past events

07/02/2021 Ribs on the Ridge - Haines City - Pro / BY
06/11/2021 Jack's Old South Cooking School
05/21/2021 Jack's Old South Cooking School
04/23/2021 Grills Gone Wild - Davenport - Pro / BY
04/16/2021 Jack's Old South Cooking School
04/16/2021 Sturge's 9th Annual Biker Rally and BBQ Cookoff - Pro
04/09/2021 The 2021 Apopka Proud BBQ Showdown - Pro/BY
03/26/2021 **Canceled** Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash - Venice - Pro
03/12/2021 Pig-a-Palooza! - Mulberry - Pro / BY
02/26/2021 **Canceled** Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues – Zephyrhills - Pro / BY
02/05/2021 **Canceled** Smoke on the Water - Winter Haven - Pro
01/22/2021 Jack's Old South Cooking School
01/22/2021 Butts & Clucks On The Bay – Apalachicola - Pro
01/22/2021 Lake Firefighter Charity BBQ & Chili Competition - Leesburg - BY
01/21/2021 Apalachicola Judges Seminar
12/12/2020 FBA End of Year Banquet and TOTY Awards
12/04/2020 ** Canceled** Orange Blossom Revue – Lake Wales
11/14/2020 Sweet Smoke Q / Pig-Chicka-Cow-Cow Competition Class
11/13/2020 Jack's Old South Cooking School
11/06/2020 **Canceled** Big Belly BBQ Battle – Davenport
10/23/2020 ** FULL** Rock 'N' Brews BBQ Festival - Camp Mack (Lake Wales) - Pro/BY
09/19/2020 Backyard Bro’s & Hot Wachula’s Competition BBQ Class
09/18/2020 Jack's Old South Cooking School
08/28/2020 Jack's Old South Cooking School
06/27/2020 Sweet Smoke Q / Pig-Chicka-Cow-Cow Competition Class
05/16/2020 Hot Wachula's BBQ Summer School Class
03/13/2020 Pigapolooza - Mulberry
02/21/2020 Ribs on the Ridge – Haines City
02/14/2020 Grills Gone Wild – Davenport
02/07/2020 Smoke on the Water – Winter Haven
01/24/2020 Butts & Clucks On The Bay – Apalachicola **State Championship**
01/24/2020 7th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off & BBQ Comp - Leesburg
01/23/2020 Judges Seminar
01/17/2020 Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues – Zephyrhills
12/13/2019 FBA Fun Cook
12/06/2019 Orange Blossom Revue - Lake Wales
11/15/2019 Rock N Brews BBQ - Camp Mack

Address:
3050 Dyer Blvd, Suite 178

Kissimmee, FL 34741

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