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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.

“The Florida Bar B Que Association takes the safety of its members very seriously. We are suspending all COVID specific requirements at all of our sanctioned events. This is subject to change as necessary, and any guidelines set by Federal, State or Local governmental agencies will be followed. As always, individual members may still wear masks or gloves at their discretion.”

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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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

    • 09/09/2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 09/11/2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • 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

    • 09/16/2022
    • 09/17/2022
    • 6915 Riverview Dr. Riverview, FL 33568
    Register

    Organizer: Roni-Kay Lopez, 813-477-1340
    Contest Website:  www.seizethemomentfoundation.com
    Lead Rep: Ed Shemanski, 407-242-3425
    Additional Reps: Sheilah Jones, Tim Hughes, Jim Douglas
    Team Sign Up: https://tinyurl.com/ye5wpcfm
    Judge Sign-Ups Open June 19th 2022

    • 09/23/2022
    • 09/24/2022
    • 203 Forest Capital Drive, Perry, FL. 32347
    Register

    Organizer: Dawn Perez
    Contest Website:  http://www.smokininthepinesbbq.com
    Lead Rep: Ed Shemanski, 407-242-3425
    Additional Reps: Bill Tanner, Jim Dehne
    Pro Team Sign Up:
    Judge Sign-Ups Open June 26th 2022

    • 10/14/2022
    • 10/15/2022
    • 4250 SW 80th Way Bell, FL 32619
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Donna Creamer, 352-210-1827
    Contest Website: http://www.bbqfromthehart.com/
    Lead Rep: Ed Shemanski, 407-242-3425
    Additional Reps: Lori Frazee, Jim Dehne, Bill Tanner
    Team Sign-ups: https://tinyurl.com/yacf6hc9
    Judge Sign-ups Open 7/17/22

    • 10/14/2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10/16/2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • 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

    • 10/21/2022
    • 10/22/2022
    • 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, Tim Hughes, Joe Theodoredis
    Team Sign Up (Online)www.RockNBrewsbbq.com
    Team Sign Up (PDF):  https://tinyurl.com/2zzr6z6d
    Judge Sign Ups Open: 7/24/22

    • 11/11/2022
    • 11/12/2022
    • Market Street Davenport , FL 33837
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Angela Iversen,  407-697-4077
    Lead Rep: Ed Shemanski, 407-242-3425
    Additional Reps: 

    Contest Website:
    Team Sign-Ups: 
    Current Judges List:
    Judge Sign Ups Open: 8/14/22 

    • 11/11/2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11/13/2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • 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

    • 11/18/2022
    • 11/19/2022
    • 919 Reed Canal Rd, South Daytona, FL 32119
    • 150
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Amy Zengotita, 386-322-3070
    Contest Website: 
    Lead Rep: Ed Shemanski, 407-242-3425
    Additional Reps: Joe Theodoredis
    Backyard Team Sign Uphttps://tinyurl.com/m3ep575y
    Judge Sign-Up Opens August 21nd 2022

    • 12/09/2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 12/11/2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • 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

    • 01/06/2023
    • 01/07/2023
    • 5840 State Rd. 207 St. Augustine, FL 32033
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Tim Gause
    Contest Website: www.jimmyjambbqslam.com
    Lead Rep: Ed Shemanski, 407-242-3425
    Additional Reps: TBD
    Pro Team Sign Up:
    Backyard Team Signup:
    Judge Sign-Up Open October 9th 2022



    • 01/13/2023
    • 01/14/2023
    • 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 :


    • 01/20/2023
    • 01/21/2023
    • 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




    • 01/27/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01/29/2023
    • 3:30 PM
    • 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

    • 02/03/2023
    • 02/04/2023
    • 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
    • 02/18/2023
    • 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:



    • 02/25/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 02/26/2023
    • 3:30 PM
    • 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

    • 03/10/2023
    • 03/11/2023
    • 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




    • 03/24/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 03/26/2023
    • 3:30 PM
    • 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

    • 03/31/2023
    • 04/01/2023
    • 781 Magnolia Ave Sebring, FL 33870
    Registration is closed

    Organizer:  J.C. Shoop, 863-214-8089
    Contest Website: 
    Lead Rep: TBD
    Additional Reps: TBD

    Current Judge List: 

    • 04/21/2023
    • 04/22/2023
    • 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
    • 09/23/2023
    • 203 Forest Capital Drive, Perry, FL. 32347
    Register

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

    • 10/20/2023
    • 10/21/2023
    • 4250 SW 80th Way Bell, FL 32619
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Donna Creamer, 352-210-1827
    Contest Website: http://www.bbqfromthehart.com/
    Lead Rep: Ed Shemanski, 407-242-3425
    Additional Reps: Lori Frazee, Jim Dehne
    Judge Sign-ups Open 7/23/23

    • 11/17/2023
    • 11/18/2023
    • 919 Reed Canal Rd, South Daytona, FL 32119
    • 150
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Amy Zengotita, 386-322-3070
    Contest Website: 
    Lead Rep: Ed Shemanski, 407-242-3425
    Additional Reps: Joe Theodoredis
    Backyard Team Sign Up:
    Judge Sign-Up Opens August 20th 2023

    • 10/18/2024
    • 10/19/2024
    • 4250 SW 80th Way Bell, FL 32619
    Registration is closed

    Organizer: Donna Creamer, 352-210-1827
    Contest Website: http://www.bbqfromthehart.com/
    Lead Rep: Ed Shemanski, 407-242-3425
    Additional Reps: Lori Frazee, Jim Dehne
    Judge Sign-ups Open 7/21/24

Past events

06/10/2022 Jack's Old South Cooking School
05/20/2022 Jack's Old South Cooking School
04/29/2022 Grills Gone Wild - Davenport - Pro / BY
04/08/2022 Jack's Old South Cooking School
04/08/2022 2022 Sebring 12 Hours of BBQ - BY
04/02/2022 Sweet Smoke Q Competition Class
03/25/2022 Jack's Old South Cooking School
03/11/2022 Pig-a-Palooza! - Mulberry - Pro/BY
03/04/2022 **2022 State Championship** Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues – Zephyrhills - Pro / BY
02/25/2022 Jack's Old South Cooking School
02/18/2022 Ribs on the Ridge - Haines City - Pro / BY
02/11/2022 The 2022 Apopka Proud BBQ Showdown - Pro/BY
02/04/2022 Smoke on the Water - Winter Haven Pro
01/28/2022 Firefighter Charity BBQ & Chili Competition - Leesburg - BY
01/21/2022 Butts & Clucks On The Bay – Apalachicola - Pro
01/20/2022 Judges Seminar - Apalachicola
12/10/2021 Jack's Old South Cooking School
12/04/2021 FBA End of Year Banquet and TOTY Awards
11/19/2021 South Daytona's BBQ and Blues Festival - BY
11/12/2021 Jack's Old South Cooking School
10/29/2021 **Canceled** Jimmy Jam BBQ & Brew Festival - Palm Coast - Pro/BY
10/22/2021 Rock 'N' Brews BBQ Festival - Camp Mack (Lake Wales) - Pro/BY
10/21/2021 Judges Seminar - Camp Mack
10/15/2021 Jack's Old South Cooking School
10/15/2021 **Canceled** Sopchoppy Classic BBQ Cook Off - BY
10/15/2021 BBQ from the Hart - Bell - Pro
09/24/2021 Jack's Old South Cooking School
09/24/2021 Smokin' in the Pines BBQ Festival **2021 FBA State Championship** - Perry - Pro
09/03/2021 Big Belly BBQ Battle - Davenport - Pro / BY
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 Lake Firefighter Charity BBQ & Chili Competition - Leesburg - BY
01/22/2021 Butts & Clucks On The Bay – Apalachicola - Pro
01/21/2021 Judges Seminar - Apalachicola
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 - Apalachicola
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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