GLBBQA News

2017 GLBBQA Competitors Series Team of the Year

We are excited to announce the 1st year of the GLBBQA Competitors Series TOY program. This program is focused on the Non-KCBS cook/team. Here a the rules and sign up forms.

Events Eligibility:
- Open to all dedicated Rib Burns/Rib Cook-offs in the state of Michigan

Eligible teams:
- Must be member in good standing of the GLBBQA (Dues paid up)
- Must sign up for this program
- Can’t be signed up for the GLBBQA “Pro” TOY and earn points for this as well.
- Must cook at least 3 events to qualify

Point System:
- Highest finish of a GLBBQA member gets 10 points
- Top 5 GLBBQA members will receive points as follows:
• 10
• 7
• 5
• 3
• 1
- Tie breaker process:
• 4th contest finish
• 5th contest finish and so on
• If still tied OR there isn’t a 4th contest, results is determined by a coin-flip

Prize pool as follows:
GC – $400 + Trophy
2nd – $200 + Trophy
3rd – $100 + Trophy

GLBBQA 2017 Competitor TOY Registration Form

2017 GLBBQA Pro Team of The Year Rules and Registration

At the GLBBQA annual meeting on March 4th, the BOD unanimously approved some significant changes to this years TOY program. ONLY those competitions contested in the STATE OF MICHIGAN will be eligible for TOY points.

Other changes in scoring and tie breaker provisions were also approved. I will be the new chairman this year. I have attached a pdf file with the new rules.

Within the rules, there is a link to register for the TOY program. Click on that link to register. I will periodically, here and on our FB page, update the list of registered team names.

2017 Pro ToY Rules

2017 GLBBQA Spring Fling Rib Burn

The GLBBQA will be sponsoring a Spring Fling Rib Burn on Saturday April 16, 2016 at the WayPoint Community Church in Zeeland, MI at 10:00a.m. The entry fee is $50.00 and there will be a potluck luncheon during the cook. If you are interested the application is attached. Please fill out the application and mail it and your entry fee to the address indicated on the application. If using PayPal, please note in the comment section “RIB BURN” You still need to fill out the application and mail it in however. You can pay via paypal using the email address: paypal@glbbqa.com

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3rd Annual Competition BBQ Class 101

Competition BBQ 101

  

Our 3rd Annual Competition BBQ 101 Class is scheduled for April 1, 2017 at the Four Points Sheraton-Kalamazoo located at 3600 E. Cork St. Ct., Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Cost for the class is $150.00 for GLBBQA Members and $185.00 for non-members, however, a 1 year membership is included in the $185.00 cost. Spouses can be added for an additional $75.  Also included in the cost is a full, free breakfast. Soda and water will be provided. No outside beverages are allowed in the classroom area. The class begins at 7am and will run until 5pm.

The Four Points Sheraton-Kalamazoo is offering a discounted room rate of $101.00 per night + tax for those wishing to arrive on Friday night and or stay over Saturday night. Friday night is a great time to socialize!

The four competition meat categories, chicken, ribs, pork and brisket will be covered during the class. Topics ranging from selection, trimming, injecting, rubbing, cooking, foil or no foil, to presentation will be covered. KCBS rules will also discussed.

Instructors for this class are being finalized and will be announced later next week. I have attached a Student Registration Form, please complete this form and submit it to me along with your payment. CLASS SIZE WILL BE LIMITED TO 40 STUDENTS!

When making reservations for the hotel; call (269)385-3922 and tell them you are with the Great Lakes BBQ Association BBQ 101 group to get the discounted rate.

Application can be found here:

2017 Comp 101 Class Registration

Class will be held  –

Four Point Sheraton Kalamazoo

3600 East Cork Street Court.

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

 

 

2016 GLBBQA Team of the Year Program

**UPDATE**

Each state needs a minimum of 10 teams signed up before 5/31/2016 or we will have to cancel the Team of the Program for that state. Currently, Michigan is the only state with over 10 teams. We need teams from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin to sign up.

The competition season will be starting up in the next few weeks so it is a perfect time to kick off the Team of the Year program!

The board of directors have made a couple of small changes to the program this year:

  • Instead of teams declaring which states they will be competing in for the ToY, each team after signing up will be automatically entered in to their home state based on residency. Example: Team resides in Indianapolis, IN, so they will only be able to go after the Indiana ToY home state.
  • Last year the regional winner was decided on the top scoring team with the highest score from their home state. This year teams can compete in the whole GLBBQA region and get their top 4 to be used as the regional winner. Example: Wisconsin team wins a contest in WI, 2 contests in IL, and a contest in MI so their total score towards the regional winner would be 80 points.

The point system will remain the same so at each KCBS sanctioned event in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin teams will get up to 20 points. GC = 20pts, RGC = 19pts, 3rd = 18pts, and 20th = 1pt.

Registration Information:

Send email to TOY@glbbqa.com with the name, address, and team name. Your name and address need to match your registration information.

2016 Spring Fling & Rib Burn

We have scheduled this years Spring Fling & Rib Burn for April 16th at WayPoint Community Church in Zeeland, MI. The team entry fee is $50 and we’ll start at 10:00 AM and turn in at 5:00 PM. We are having a lunch time potluck starting at 1pm. Please see attached flier for all the details.

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We are at 19 teams and only have room for one more team!

2nd Annual Competition BBQ 101 Class

Competition BBQ 101

 

CLASS IS FULL!!

If you would like to get on the waiting list submit the registration form found below but do not send the registration fee.

 

Our 2nd Annual Competition BBQ 101 Class is scheduled for April 9, 2016 at the Four Points Sheraton-Kalamazoo located at 3600 E. Cork St. Ct., Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Cost for the class is $150.00 for GLBBQA Members and $185.00 for non-members, however, a 1 year membership is included in the $185.00 cost. Spouses can be added for an additional $75.  Also included in the cost is a full, free breakfast. Soda and water will be provided. No outside beverages are allowed in the classroom area. The class begins at 7am and will run until 5pm.

The Four Points Sheraton-Kalamazoo is offering a discounted room rate of $99.00 per night + tax for those wishing to arrive on Friday night and or stay over Saturday night. Friday night is a great time to socialize!

The four competition meat categories, chicken, ribs, pork and brisket will be covered during the class. Topics ranging from selection, trimming, injecting, rubbing, cooking, foil or no foil, to presentation will be covered. KCBS rules will also discussed.

Instructors for this class are being finalized and will be announced later next week. I have attached a Student Registration Form, please complete this form and submit it to me along with your payment. CLASS SIZE WILL BE LIMITED TO 40 STUDENTS!

When making reservations for the hotel; call (866) 961-3003 and tell them you are with the Great Lakes BBQ Association group to get the discounted rate.

Application can be found here:

2016 Comp 101 Class Registration

Class will be held  –

Four Point Sheraton Kalamazoo

3600 East Cork Street Court.

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

 

 

GLBBQA Annual Meeting: Firekeepers Casino

The BOD would like to announce that the Annual Meeting will be held on February 27, 2016 at the Firekeepers Casino-Hotel in Battle Creek. We are still working on the agenda but wanted to let members know so they can mark your calendar and make any room reservations should you wish. The meeting room is reserved from 9am until 1pm.

Firekeepers has a block of 10 King rooms reserved with a discounted price from $259.00 per night down to $169.00 per night. Members can phone the Casino at 877-352-8777 or book on-line. YOU MUST USE CODE: 22616GLBBQ.
Firekeepers also informed us that their sister hotel, the Quality Inn located next door to the casino has rooms with lower rates and includes the morning breakfast. There are also a Comfort Inn and (2) Hampton Inn’s within 5 miles of the Casino that you can book rooms on line.

Again, we are in the preliminary stages of the actual organization of the meeting and as more info becomes available it will be posted.

GLBBQA Board of Directors Nominations

The Nomination Period for 3 positions is now open and will remain open until December 15th,2015. To be eligible you must be a member in good standing and you must be able to commit the required amount of time to attend meetings and work on assigned projects.

The 3 Board members whose terms are expiring are Scott Fischer, Mark Rasmussen and Bruce Bissonnette.

You can self-nominate or you can nominate someone who you think will make a good addition to the Board.

To nominate a person please send an email to info@glbbqa.com

Beak to Beak 2015

THESE ARE THE OFFICIAL RULES FOR THE 2015 BEAK-2-BEAK COMPETITION.

You must have a paid entry in to the Marshall County Blazin’ BBQ & Bluegrass in Plymouth, IN. in order to participate in the Beak-2-Beak Invitational.

• Contest meat must be inspected by a GLBBQA appointed inspector before any preparation may begin onsite. You may trim before arriving but nothing else. Meat inspections will be done by a Beak to Beak Committee Member on Friday after 9am. Regular KCBS rules apply.

• Event is by invitation only; there will be no passing down of entries. You must have won the chicken category at one of the qualifying Beak 2 Beak Events in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, or Ohio between April 1, 2015 and September 13, 2015 or until the 2015 Marshall County BBQ Contest is full; whichever comes first. OR be a winner of one of the qualifying events that occurred in 2014 after the cut off date of August 8, 2014.  That list will be posted.  The 2014 Beak 2 Beak Champion will also qualify for an entry into the 2015 contest.

A winner of a qualifying event AFTER August 8, 2014 will carry over to the 2015 Beak 2 Beak contest.

• If your team qualifies, the Head Cook that was registered at your qualifying event must be in attendance at the Beak-2-Beak Invitational. If he/she is not in attendance, your team will be disqualified.

• The same meat storage/handling rules apply, that are in place at any other sanctioning body (e.g. KCBS).

• Gas is strictly prohibited and fires must be of wood, coal, or pellet.

• Turn in will be at 6:00pm, Friday September 18, 2015, at the Marshall County Blazin BBQ Contest at a location to be announced at the cooks meeting.

• The minimum of 8 individual pieces of white and dark meat chicken will be responsible for counting as a legal entry turn in.

• Turn in containers will be standard size half pans with numbered fitted lids to be provided at the event.

• Garnish is forbidden as is marking or puddles of the sauce.

• Judging will be done by Certified BBQ Judges with preference given to individuals that have judged more competitions regardless of sanctioning body.

• Judging will be done with the scoring system of 1 to 10

Entries will be scored in the following categories and multiplies:
* Appearance .5
* Taste 2
* Tenderness 1

• High and low scoring judges scores will be thrown out and the remaining scores will be totaled to determine places.

• Ties to be broken using “Taste” points, if still tied then “Tenderness”, if needed “Appearance,” and if a tie remains, the highest chicken score at the last cooked qualifying event for each team will be used to break the tie.

The prize pool will include a championship belt/trophy. Additional prizes and distribution, will be listed as they come on line. A complete prize list will be published as soon as possible.

Congratulations again on your first place chicken in one or more contests this year. We are very excited to see such a competitive field for the 2014 Beak to Beak Invitational.

In addition to the rules and grand prize documents, below is some additional information. Any changes will be brought up at your cooks meeting.

Invitational will be held on Friday September 18, 2015 in Plymouth, IN Marshall County Blazin BBQ and Bluegrass - www.visitmarshallcounty.org

All Cooks for this invitational must attend the 2pm MANDATORY cooks meeting at a location to be announced at a later date.

Turn in location to be announced at the mandatory cooks meeting.

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