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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.

Florida BBQ Association COVID Rules


  1. Your prep area must be cleaned and contain gloves and sanitizer. This will be verified by a Rep and may be reinspected at any time during the event. Failure to maintain a clean working area will result in a DQ.
  2. Anyone handling meat, whether raw or cooked, must wear gloves.
  3. Only one member from each team will be allowed to attend the cooks meeting. This is where any local rules will be discussed. You are responsible for abiding by these rules so please make sure someone from your team is present.
  4. Teams will not be allowed to gather at or near the turn in tables while waiting for turn ins.
  5. Upon arriving at the turn in area, teams will wipe boxes with a disinfecting wipe and turn in the box in immediately.
  6. Clean gloves and a mask will be required to be worn by anyone who is turning in boxes.
  7. A mask will be required at any meeting where social distancing is not possible.
  8. Each team will supply their own sanitizer. Quat Ammonia is the preferred sanitizer but whatever you chose, please make sure it is tasteless and odorless.


  1. Judges will be required to wear a face mask any time social distancing is not an option.
  2. Each judge will use a clean fork to remove their sample. Please select a sample that is easy to remove without disturbing or damaging other samples.
  3. No grazing tables will be allowed. Judges can take home any leftovers from their judging plate but nothing additional from the boxes.
  4. Two tables will be used to allow greater distance between judges.


  1. Table Captains will wear a mask at all times that they are in the judging area.
  2. Table Captains will ensure that their table is sanitized between categories. They can appoint someone to do this job, as long as they verify that it is done.
  3. Table Captains will have a designated area to sit away from the judging table to best allow social distancing when not working.


  1. A mask must be worn any time social distancing is not possible.


  1. Volunteers in the turn in area will be limited to FBA Members only. Volunteers will be kept to a minimum.
  2. A mask must be worn at all times.

In addition to the materials listed in the sanctioning agreement, the organizer shall provide:

  1. Three individual bags of oyster crackers per judge.
  2. Twenty-four plastic forks per judge.
  3. One golf pencil per judge which will be disposed of after the contest.
  4. One spray bottle of odorless disinfectant per table.
  5. One extra roll of paper towels per table.
  6. One bottle of unscented hand sanitizer per table plus one for the rep area.
  7. All of these items can be purchased in bulk. Quat Ammonia that is food grade can be purchased in gallons and one gallon should be sufficient as long as spray bottles are provided.

With the massive variations in COVID cases from county to county, we expect some contests to have additional requirements to participate in their event. We must all be flexible in order to make this work in a safe way for everyone. The rules above are the minimum requirements set by the FBA. We understand that this will require some additional cost to everyone but we feel it is best that we don’t put all additional cost on our organizers.

  1. Masks: We understand that there are many different types of masks available. We prefer that everyone has a mask that is comparable to the blue surgical mask that we see everywhere. If you feel the need to buy something better, it will be acceptable. No silky, lacy, poorly constructed homemade masks. No bandanas tied around your face, etc will be allowed. It will be at the Lead Reps discretion whether or not your mask is acceptable if you decide to make one. Let’s not put the Reps in that position and simply buy a quality mask and not take any chances.

We will send out a list of suppliers that sell the required items but I highly recommend that you not wait until last minute to order these items as they tend to be out of stock often when hot spots arise.

3050 Dyer Blvd, Suite 178

Kissimmee, FL 34741

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