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.
TOTY recognizes those FBA cook teams that have perfected barbecue recipes after many sanctioned contests and years of experimentation. Is it the best barbecue? Well, judging by the points, we’d have to say it’s certainly the best in the minds of our FBA certified judges!
The Team of the Year race begins each year with the first contest after the annual FBA Funcook in December. It ends with the last contest of the year, just before the FBA Funcook.
The Top 10 teams receive awards at the Celebrate Last Year party held at the Funcook and the number one team has their cook team name inscribed in the Joby Stanaland Team of the Year Trophy, donated by the very first TOTY winners – The Sorry Boys: Chip Faul and Gary Leyman – in 2002 and named after the FBA’s first president.