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Our mission is to teach, enjoy, preserve, and promote barbecue as a true American food and to help various children’s charities by conducting barbecue events throughout the state of California.

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2014 California Grand Champions- A Year in Review


Rooftop BBQ, Andy Allen- GC at the 2014 Las Vegas Down Town Throw down

1st Place chicken, 7th Place ribs, 1st Place pork, 5th Place brisket


Kid's Q Winners Guinea Pig


1st Place Kid's Que, Jerry's Daughter (Alyssa)

Ribs, Pigs and Watermelon Huntington Beach, CA


Stephan Franklin and Gill Rutherford of Simply Marvelous BBQ


The 6th Annual Bakersfield Biggest Baddest BBQ Championship, May 17, 2014


Grand Champion 2nd Annual California Honey Festival and BBQ Competition

Steph Franklin, Simply Marvelous BBQ


Grand Champion, Sylvie Curry Lady of Q

Vista BBQ Classic, July 26, 2014


Curtis Trigueiro of the Ridge Route Boys BBQ Team Grand Champion at Santa Anita Winners Cup

March 22, 2014


Ryan and Kimberly Moore of Knock Your Sox Off BBQ Team

Grand Champions at the Antelope Valley Blazing BBQ Competition

October 18, 2014


Grand Champion- Oaktown BBQ Throwdown, Ric Gilbert and Kyle Baker

Ric's Righteous Ribs


Steve Aguilar, Vicious Smoke

Grand Champion, Pechanga BBQ Competition, Temecula, CA June 21, 2014


High Desert Music Festival and BBQ Showdown

Victorville, CA June 28, 2014


All Hogs Sauced Up- Steve Madule, Dave Malone, Ted and Ardith Richardson

Grand Champions at the Best of the Best BBQ Championship

Lake Elsinore, CA May 3, 2014


Elk Grove Grand Champion- Woodhouse BBQ


Grand Champion, Jet Coatings- Monkey Style, West Coast BBQ Classic, Long Beach, CA

West Coast BBQ Championships Long Beach, CA May 10, 2014


Burnin and Looting BBQ, Jerry and Lupe Aguilar won the Grand Championship at the Havasu Landing, California, Mar 1, 2014.


Big B's Down and Dirty- Grand Champion


Grand Champion Valley Center, June 7, 2014

Steph Franklin, Simply Marvelous BBQ


Grand Champion, Richard Holquin of CECIL'S SMOK'N BBQ


Ray Porter of Porterhouse BBQ, Grand Champion Day 1

Ribs, Pigs and Watermelon,Huntington Beach, CA


Scott and Pam Hares of Too Ashamed to name, Grand Champion

Brentwood BBQ and Car Show Brentwood, CA


Smokey Luv-GC


6th Annual Smokin' on the Water Grand Champion, Son of Smoke, Zachary(16) with Vicki and Megan Galiste with daughter Brooke

August 23, 2014 Konocti Vista Casino Lakeport, CA


Wild West BBQ Shootout Grand Champion, Porketeers, Dennis McGrath From California

August 23, 2014 Wendover, NV


Grand Champion- James Perez of Big Poppa Smokers

Reserve Grand Champion- Stephan Franklin and Shalauna Miller, Simply Marvelous BBQ

2014 Pork and Hops Challenge Grand Junction, CO


BBQ Hazard / Luke Wilson & Michael Kirk / Millville, CA

Featured Article

From Harry Stewart of Backstreet Barbecue’s blog -

I was perusing the CBBQA competition calendar and saw that Shake, Rattle and Smoke! was being held in San Jose. I was not ready to compete but did see at site that judges were needed. I contacted Ben the contest organizer, and sent him a pic of my ribs from the Alameda county fair, explained my BBQ background and listed the BBQ books in my cookbook collection. Although they wanted KCBS qualified judges, Ben invited me down as an alternate judge and he said it would be a good experience for me to come down and check out event , even if I didn’t judge it would be a good learning experience. To my surprise one judges seat remained empty and I sat down and began judging. After the judges briefing by Gene we had an hour or so to kill. The event was in conjunction with a KFOX event and I ran into Laurie Roberts and Fred Reiss. Laurie is a long time bay area DJ and my first paying gig as a stand up comic was with Laurie at a dreadful room that hosted 5th quarter comedy after Monday Night Football sponsored by KJSO and Laurie was the hostess. Fred Reiss is a comic and writer who hosted a Wed night showcase a Emersons Bar and Grill in Palo Alto. Emersons was notorious for a rough crowd who did not hesitate to skewer any comic who floundered or stunk up the joint. Trust me I can attest to the fact, but, I did endure and became a regular at Emersons and it was one of the rooms that helped me develop my craft. Any comic who performed there always recalls those Wed nights. I told Laurie and Fred I was here to judge and would catch up to them later. I had also met Ric Gilbert of Ric's Righteous Ribs as I had planned to enter the Rockin Rib event one of the best contacts a Q'er can make is Ric. It was fun and exciting judging, as people would wander up and ask " How do you get to judge?", a sense of celebrity was in effect as many asked this question. Everyone at my table were helpful and very gracious. Being a first time judge and not qualified by KCBS I found it important to get it right and consistent. Kelly our table captain assured me I was in the right zones of scoring and that was settling. It was great to discuss between entries what we liked, didn’t like and what was your philosophy. A great lesson! One of the acts of the event was Foghat, the first concert I attended as a young lad in Iowa back in '74, I wandered the BBQ area with the same wide eyed enthusiasm as I did my first full blown Rock and Roll concert. I met with Ric after judging and spoke with many others, a great sense of community and competition was evident. I went home later that day convinced I would compete at the next available contest opportunity – the 2007 West Coast BBQ Championships in Fairfield. I had no idea of what awaited me there.

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