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First Chili Cookoff – 1942 Borger BBQ Battle

There isn’t much to say about the little sleepy town of Borger, Texas until you bring up one landmark incident. The Second World War was still in full-swing, and locals…Read More

1952 Chili Cookoff [Uvalde, TX] ‘Arama Days’

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Among other things that stand out at the Dallas State Fair in 1952 was the first appearance of Big Tex. It was an oversized statue that was originally a giant…Read More

Terlingua’s First Chili Cookoff in 1967

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Texas Chili, the Dallas Press, and a Hot-Rod God When it comes to chili in Texas, pride is well-known and celebrated for several reasons. But if you thought there’s a…Read More

BBQ History Series: Memphis in May (MiM) 1978

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The MiM Memphis in May: The World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest, 1978 “Some might say that after the death of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, it spelled the end…Read More

Kaiser Foil BBQ Hawaii Cookoff, 1959

If there ever was a cookoff that got a lot of entertainment value for the sport of home BBQ, you found it! It was originally an advertisement for Kaiser’s aluminum…Read More


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Bixby BBQ n’ Blues Festival

Details When; Friday May 7th 5-11p and Saturday May 8th 10a-11p Where;

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Giant National Capital BBQ Competition Virtual Event 2020

Giant National Capital BBQ Competition – Virtual Event 2020 Results

Let’s face it, doing things virtually is not everyone’s cup of tea,

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BBQ History Series: Memphis in May (MiM) 1978

The MiM Memphis in May: The World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest, 1978

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COVID-19 Sends the Giant National Capital Barbecue Virtual

The frustrating elements of weather and other unforeseen situations can often limit

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When it comes to competitions, it doesn?t get any bigger than the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS). We report the latest happenings from 100s of barbeque contests held in the USA and throughout the world.  

Competitive style BBQ has came a long way from its humble beginnings stemming from local chili cookoffs. The first BBQ competition was the Cow County BBQ Cookout in June 3, 1972 in Unvalued, Texas.

Today each year there are over 50 major competitions held throughout the US and 100s worldwide. No matter your experience in the competitive grilling and BBQ circuit we feature all the stories, tips, and information you need to level up your cooking game. 

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What is the Squirrel Cookoff Championship?

The Squirrel Cookoff was started by Joe Wilson in Bentonville, Arkansas in 2013. It came to be after Joe claimed he could in fact cook squirrels, when asked by one of the crew members of the Travel Channel while filming an episode of Bizarre Foods which he was helping out on. To take it a step further he said, "not only do we cook squirrels, but we throw the World Championship Cook-off" A short few weeks later came to be the first Squirrel Cookoff. Read More

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Product Reviews

Yielding the perfect rack of ribs doesn't require top of the line BBQ products, but it helps. We know that you don't need the best smoker or meat smoking gadgets to make great tasting barbecue. But, having quality cookers and temperature monitoring devices help close the gap between a novice and pitmaster. This is why we review top selling smokers, grills, and accessories to bring you our top selections. Squirrel Cookoff is well-known among the competition circuit and we use our experience to make recommendations you can count on.    

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The Great Chili Cookoff Cheater

BBQ has been, and always will be, about taking pride in the way meat is prepared and cooked. Here’s unique story of what can happen when the pride of producing great BBQ is no longer part of the equation.

Ever wanted something so bad you were willing to take extreme measures to achieve it? Well, in this case, our subject wasn’t after 1st place but instead, some basic free BBQ swag. What? This story is a must read for anyone who as ever entered a chili cookoff or cooking competition. [READ]

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The People of BBQ

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Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker

Savannah has Memphis to the west and Nashville to the northeast. You

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Top 10 People [Pitmasters] of BBQ

Nothing can compare to a delicious, well-done barbecue, and these people know

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Making the Best BBQ Ribs [Roundup]

Making good ribs is undoubtedly an art. Here’s our top tips for

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Best Pork Butt Rubs and Preparation Tips

Here’s our favorite rubs and meat preparation tips for smoking a pork

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Best Brisket Tips by Top BBQ Pitmasters

We’ve collaborated some of our favorite brisket smoking tips, tricks and hacks

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