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

2020 BBQ101 Student Registration

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

2019 GLBBQA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

The GLBBQA is pleased to announce that our 2019 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet will be held on January 19th at the Crown Plaza West in Lansing Michigan.

2018 Year End Banquet and Annual Meeting

WHEN: January 19, 2019 | 2pm until 11pm

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Lansing West (Lansing, MI) | 925 South Creyts Road, Lansing, Michigan 48917

WHAT: Join us as we recap and celebrate 2018 and begin our planning for 2019 – to include announcing election results. We will host a Chinese Auction – BBQ Rubs, Cookbooks and even Entries to 2019 Competitions will be among the prizes!

Tickets for Year End Banquet are $45 per person.
Pay via Paypal – (note in comments YE/Annual Meeting)
Mail Check or Money Order (payable to Great Lakes Barbecue Association)
8893 Hahn St.
Utica, MI 48317

$135.00 per night + tax
Reservations Deadline January 4, 2019 (Online Reservations Group Code GLB)
By Phone – 517-3237100 and tell them you are with the Great Lakes Barbecue Association

2:00pm – Annual Meeting and Elections Results
5:30pm – Year End Banquet Cocktail Hour
6:30pm – Dinner
8:30pm – Team of the Year Awards Ceremony & Chinese Auction Winners Announced

GLBBQA Annual Meeting/Awards Banquet

The GLBBQA Annual Meeting/Awards Banquet will be held January 19th,2019 at the Crown Plaza West in Lansing Michigan. We are combining the Annual Meeting with the Awards Banquet. More details on the Banquet in the next few days as we are finalizing the details.

We are also opening up Nominations for 3 BOD spots. Please make your nominations by sending an email to info@glbbqa. Nomination period will be open until December 17th, 2018. You may nominate any member or yourself. All nominees must be members in good standing.

Grey Street BBQ Class

The GLBBQA is pleased to present a great class, especially for the Great Lakes/Upper Midwest Region. Grey Street BBQ is coming to Kalamazoo Michigan December 14th and 15th to give their Tell All Class. Winner of 8 GC’s in 2018!!

Informational Flyer is below and you can register by emailing









Additionally Grey Street has donated 1 seat to the class for the GLBBQA to raffle off. Each raffle ticket is $20.00 and can be paid for through our webpage: and selecting “Grey Street BBQ Class Raffle” or by going through Paypal and sending the money to  Please note in the payment that it is for the Grey Street Raffle. We will draw the winner on 11/23/2018. *** If you are already registered for the class and win the raffle you will be reimbursed the registration fee. ***


2018 Beak2Beak



You must have a paid entry in to the Smoke & Ale Fall Festival in Chelsea, MI in order to participate in the Beak-2-Beak Invitational.
• 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 from September 9th 2017 thru September 22nd 2018 OR placed 1st thru 5th place in the chicken category at a Michigan KCBS event. The 2017 Beak-2-Beak Champion will also qualify for an entry into the 2018 contest.

  • If your team qualifies, the Head Cook that was registered at your qualifying event must be in attendance at the Beak to Beak Invitational. If he/she is not in attendance, your team will be disqualified.
  • All Cooks for this invitational must attend the 2pm MANDATORY cooks meeting at the KCBS Judging Tent.
  • Turn in location is at the KCBS Judging Tent.
  • 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.
  • Same storage/handling rules apply that 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 5:55pm, Friday September 8, 2017, at the Smoke & Ale Fall Festival at a location to be announced at the Beak-2-Beak cooks meeting.
  • The type of chicken is COOKS CHOICE but must turn in a minimum of 8 portions.
  • 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
    o 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 and $500 and entry into the 2019 Beak-2-Beak Invitational.

2018 GLBBQA Throwdown Series

The GLBBQA is pleased to announce the 2018 GLBBQA Throwdown Series!!








How about a bit of FUN on Friday Nights at Michigan KCBS Competitions?!?!

 Peer Judged – Cash Prize – Bragging Rights!

Every Friday night at each KCBS in Michigan we will host a different category to see who has the best entry for that night.


Registration/Entry Fee:

Register onsite with GLBBQA Board Representative or designee by end of cook’s meeting

$20 Cash payable to GLBBQA Board Representative or designee

A minimum of 5 teams must be entered to have a Throwdown.



  • Must be a GLBBQA member in good standing
  • You do not need to be registered for the hosting KCBS Competition
  • Any type of entry may be presented for judging but must feature the designated category for that contest (see schedule outline).
  • Garnish is not required; Garnish and presentation is up to the entrant’s discretion.
  • A minimum of 1 portion (bite or sip) per registered entrants is required to judge an entry.
  • Judging will take place at a central location or on each teams site (to be determined at time of entry).
  • Each entry receives 1 vote to cast. You cannot vote for your own entry.
  • The entry with the most tickets will be declared the winner and so on down to 3rd place.



We will pay out in cash to the top 3, with the payout broken down to 60% 1st, 30% 2nd, 10% 3rd.


GLBBQA Throwdown Schedule/Categories for 2018:

8/3          Westland                        Cocktails

8/17        Sault Ste Marie              Steak

9/14        Silver Lake                     Wings

9/21        Rumble On The River    S’mores at the campfire

10/12   Chelsea           Appetizer

Downloadable copy of rules are here: GLBBQA-Throwdown

Upcoming Events
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