2020 GLBBQA Competitor Series Team of the Year

Who? Great Lakes BBQ Association

What? 2020 GLBBQA Competitor Series Team of the Year Program

When? Entries are open NOW!

Where? Different BBQ events throughout the State of Michigan

Why? To recognize competition teams that are top performers

How? Register via email and compete in events to win!


The GLBBQA Board of Directors has approved the eligible competitions for 2020.

All details are included in the official rules document

You must be a paid member of the GLBBQA to participate.

All teams must register via email before their first competition.

Only scores in PORK RIBS counts toward TOY standings.


It’s FREE!  No additional entry fee (included with GLBBQA membership.) 

A team can only compete in the Pro or the Competitor series.

2020 GLBBQA Team of the Year Rules COMPETITORS SERIES (Updated May 2020)


  1. Read the rules.
  2. Send an email to
  3. Put “Competitor Series Entry 2020” in the subject line.
  4. Start perfecting your best competition ribs!
  5. Sign-up and compete in at least 3 approved competitions.


Questions? Email us directly at

The GLBBQA cares about the safety and health of everyone at this critical time.  The KCBS has issued specific guidelines as to how they suggest contest organizers and participants conduct contests moving forward given current conditions.  Their detailed update can be found on their Web site –  Individual event organizers may choose to cancel, change or adjust the details of their events.  GLBBQA will do it’s best to keep all members aware of these changes but it is each team’s responsibility to be aware of each contest’s details and changes.

2020 GLBBQA PRO Team of the Year RULES

Attached below you will find the rules for the 2020 GLBBQA TOY. Included in the rules is a link to register your team. PLEASE read the rules, and register your team! If you DO NOT register your team before your first contest any scores you obtain prior to registration will not count.

Hopefully, we will salvage a few comps this year and still be able to have a competitive and fun Team of the Year event.

If you have any questions PLEASE contact me at

Please see rules here: 2020 TOY RULES (1)


We are still hopeful that we will be back out at competitions this year. As such – your Board of Directors would like to Introduce/bring back – 2020 GLBBQA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR PROGRAM !!!

We would like to recognize and encourage new teams in the world of competition barbecue. As such we are excited to host a unique opportunity for rookie recognition. For more information email

Click here for rules: Rookie of The Year 2020

BBQ 101 Class Cancelled

This morning the GLBBQA Board of Directors held an emergency meeting and after much discussion, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Competition BBQ101 Class that was to be held on March 28.

Due to increasing concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), and restrictions put in place by Michigan Governor Whitmer through April 5, 2020, as well as our concerns for the health and safety of our membership, instructors and public we feel it is the responsible decision.

At this time, we will not reschedule for 2020 but feel confident it will be held again in the Spring of 2021. All those who were registered for the 2020 class will receive a refund on their registration.
As with all involved, we are disappointed but we recognize this is an extraordinary situation that requires difficult decisions.

We appreciate your understanding and support and look forward to seeing you at future events.

2019 GLBBQA Year End Banquet and Annual Meeting

2019 Year End Banquet and Annual Meeting

WHEN: January 18, 2020
2pm until 11pm

WHERE: Bay Valley Resort (Bay City, MI)
2470 Old Bridge Rd, Bay City, MI 48706

WHAT: Join us as we recap and celebrate 2019 and begin our planning for 2020 – to include announcing election results.
We will host a Chinese Auction that will include Entries to 2020 Competitions will be among the prizes!

COST: Tickets for Year End Banquet are $35 per person.

PAYMENT:Check or Money Order (payable to Great Lakes Barbecue Association)
PayPal* – send to (note in comments 2019 Annual Meeting)
*you MUST use the Friends & Family option

Send a check to:
8893 Hahn St.
Utica, MI 48317

HOTEL RATE:$75.00 per night + tax
To make overnight reservations you must call the front desk – 989-686-3500 and ask for the block “Great Lakes BBQ Association”.
There is no option to book online.
Reservations Deadline December 23, 2019

SCHEDULE:2:00pm – Annual Meeting and Elections Results
5:00pm – Year End Banquet Cocktail Hour
6:00pm – Dinner
8:00pm – Team of the Year Awards Ceremony & Chinese Auction Winners Announced

2020 GLBBQA Competition BBQ 101 Class

6th Annual GLBBQA Competition BBQ 101 Class

WHEN: March 28, 2020
7am until 4pm (or until all questions are answered)

WHERE: Four Points Sheraton—Kalamazoo
3600 E. Cork St. Ct.
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

WHAT: 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 be discussed.

COST: $150.00 GLBBQA Members;
$75 for spouse (entitles couple to 1yr FAMILY MEMBERSHIP)
$185.00 non-members, (includes 1 year membership)
$100 for spouse (entitles couple to 1yr FAMILY MEMBERSHIP)
Full breakfast buffet at 7am, coffee, soda and water provided.
No outside beverages are allowed in the classroom area

REGISTER: ALL students must submit a registration form: 2020 BBQ101 Student Registration

PAYMENT: Check or Money Order (payable to Great Lakes Barbecue Association)
PayPal* – send to (note in comments 2020 BBQ Class)
*you MUST use the Friends & Family option

HOTEL RATE: The Four Points Sheraton-Kalamazoo is offering a discounted room rate of $104.00 per night + taxes for those wishing to arrive on Friday night and or stay over Saturday night (very limited # rooms available for Saturday night.) Use this link to make your room reservations.

Phone Reservations: (269) 385-3922 – reference “Great Lakes BBQ Association”

Reservations must be received NO LATER than February 26, 2020

LEAD BY: 2019 GLBBQA Team of the Year Winners
Chicken Richard Parker, iBQ’
2019 GLBBQA Overall Team of the Year
Ribs Mike Terry/Scott Fischer, Rubbed, Smoked and Sauced BBQ
Pork Eric Girard/Jason Krause, Two Crackers Qing
Brisket Tom Somers, Bad Habit BBQ


2019 Beak 2 Beak Rules

Please see the 2019 Beak 2 Beak Rules here: 2019 B2B Rules

2019 Team of the Year Program

One of the benefits of being a Member of the Great Lakes Barbecue Association is our Team of the Year Program (TOY). We offer this for both Pro Teams as well as Backyard Teams (aka Competitor Series).


Please click below for the 2019 rules:

Pro TOY – 2019 GLBBQA Competitors Series Team of the Year Rules 2019 GLBBQA Pro Team of the Year Rules

Competitor Series TOY – 2019 GLBBQA Competitors Series Team of the Year Rules


The cost to enter each program is FREE FOR MEMBERS but you MUST pre-register for them

Pro TOY – visit

Competitor Series – email Chairperson, Bert McLain at with the Subject line of “Competitors Series Entry”

4th Annual Railroad Days Rib Burn and Kids Que

The 4th Annual Railroad Days Rib Burn and Kids Que will be May 18th,2019 in Durand Michigan.

Applications can be found here:

2019 Rib Burn app Graff

Kids APP 2019

2019 GLBBQA Spring Fling!!

Time to kick the dust off and wake up those smokers for a full KCBS Practice Cook AND GLBBQA Competitor Series Qualifier.


April 26-27, 2019 Eaton County Fairgrounds, Charlotte, MI


$1500 Prize Pool

Event Categories are Chicken, Ribs*, Pork and Brisket

Must turn in all four categories to be eligible for Grand Champion

*2019 competitor series qualifier


$100 Entry Fee

 SpringFling ENTRY FORM 2019


Important Team Information:
• Sites – each team will have a campsite that will include electric

  • Water – There is access to water. However, no hose or lines to each site will be allowed.
    • Onsite – Dump Station, Water hookup, Electric hookup, Restrooms & showers


• We will be following KCBS Rules and Judging – visit


Apply today –



Friday 4/26/19

8am                    Team load in

6pm                    Cooks Meeting

6:30pm              Team Potluck


Saturday 4/27/19

12:00pm            Turn In Chicken

12:30pm            Turn In Ribs

1:00pm              Turn In Pork

1:30pm              Turn In Brisket

3:00pm              Awards

Upcoming Events
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