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

2018 GLBBQA Steak Competition Sponsored by Sobie Meats

The Great Lakes Barbecue Association is excited to host a Steak Competition on Saturday July, 21st. The competition will be held at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, MI in conjunction with the Grand Rapids Rugby Club Rock Hard 7s Tournament


CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION : Steak Competition Application -2018

GLBBQA Steak Competition Rules:  GLBBQA Steak Competition Rules

Mail completed entry form & check to:

Great Lakes BBQ Association

8893 Hahn Street

Utica, MI 48317


ENTRY DEADLINE July 13, 2018

$100.00 ENTRY FEE (GLBBQA Member)

$125.00 ENTRY FEE (Non-Member)


$1,000 Steak Competition Purse

1st Place – $500 | 2nd Place – $250 | 3rd Place – $125 | 4th Place – $75 | 5th – $50


Each team will receive two (2) ribeye steaks and 10×10 cook site assigned at check-in. Any heat source allowed, NO GARNISH, Turn-IN boxes & foil disk provided.


Contest Schedule:

10am     Team load in

12noon Cooks Meeting

3pm       Turn in

4:30pm Awards

2018 Competitor Series Team of the Year Rules

The 2018 Competitor Series Team of the Year Rules for the GLBBQA are now available. Please follow the directions in the Rules document to sign up for the Series. The Rules can be found here: 2018 Comp Series Rules

2018 GLBBQA Team of Year Rules

The rules for the 2018 GLBBQA Team of the Year program can be found here: 2018 ToY Rules

If you have any questions on these or any other matter please email 

2018 GLBBQA Spring Fling Rib Burn

The 2018 GLBBQA Spring Fling Rib Burn is scheduled for May 5th at WayPoint Community Church
3041 96th Ave., ZEELAND, MI 49464.

Application and all of the details can be found here: 2018 Spring Fling_Rib Burn Entry Form

2018 GLBBQA Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting for the GLBBQA will be March 3rd at 11:00am at the Eagle Inn – Eagle MI. 13490 W Grand River Hwy, Eagle, MI 48822
Voting for the 1 open position will begin on February 26th and end at 6:00am on Mar 3rd. Winner will be announced at the Annual Meeting. Please keep an eye out for an email to vote on Feb 26th. 
We hope to see you there!!

2018 GLBBQA BBQ 101 Class

The GLBBQA is pleased to announce the date and location for our annual BBQ 101 Class. It will be held March 17th at the Four Points Hotel in Kalamazoo Michigan.  The hotel has reserved a block of rooms for our class at a reduced rate. You can reserve your room by visiting the following website:  The rooms are only being held until Feb 21, 2018. After that date you will need to call the hotel direct to book a room.

Attached is some info on the class and the application that has all of the info on payment methods.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at

2018 BBQ 101 Class Application

BBQ101 Announcement

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