I wanted to take a quick moment and introduce you all to some supah fine BBQ organizations that I support and think you should too! If you are serious about BBQ I highly recommend getting involved with a local BBQ group and start networking. Here are a few of my favorites, PLUS if you join them you get discounts to our fine products, it’s a win win!!! Enjoy!
Yours in smoke,
The Memphis Barbecue Network is one of the leading sanctioning bodies of BBQ contests in the world. It is dedicated to promoting and preserving the unique Memphis style of BBQ though education, support, and management. MBN officials assist event organizers in promoting, organizing, and conducting the sanctioned events in accordance with MBN standards.
The Mid Atlantic BBQ Association is friendly group dedicated to expanding and refining the art of BBQ in…you guessed it…the Mid Atlantic region of the United States.
The National Barbecue Association is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association that was founded in January 1991 . The organization was created to address the needs of the broad, diverse and growing barbecue industry. The NBBQA’s mission is to share and expand the diverse culture of barbecue through networking and education. Their vision is an expansive barbecue community that embraces all things barbecue—from low and slow to grilling, catering to competing, or simply the fun and friendship of a backyard cookout.
Around 1991, the New England Society for Wood Cookery was formed. In 1994, the Wood Cookery Society became The New England Barbecue Society, a stable, fiscally responsible, not-for-profit, group of dedicated BBQ cooks and consumers. Along with their monthly print publication The National Barbecue News, the NEBS was born to offer New England grillers the opportunity to learn Southern style barbecue techniques, whether using wood, charcoal, or even gas.
The Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, and is the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 15,000 members worldwide. KCBS sanctions over 400 barbeque contests coast-to-coast throughout America. From volunteering to actual event production, their members also offer assistance to civic and charitable organizations who organize events.
KCBS serves as a clearinghouse of barbeque information which provides:
• Networking with related trade associations and other contest-sanctioning organizations
• Tracking trends in barbeque related products, and equipment
•Teaming up with other food organizations and the media to promote barbeque
With their library, and extensive archive of barbeque related articles, KCBS offers educational programs, consultation services, and civic organization presentations to help promote barbeque as America’s Favorite Cuisine.