KidsPack Barbeque Throw Down LakelandHey BBQ Addicts!  I wanted to shoot out a Shout Out to my friend Jared Hatcher of Whiskey Bent BBQ  regarding the work he’s putting in as the go to guy for the 2013 KidsPACK Barbeque Throwdown!  This is a fully sanctioned Florida Bar-B-Que Association event with both back yard and professional competition levels.

(Read more about the KidsPACK organization at the bottom of this post!)

Registration Information

Early Entry Deadline for this event is August 12, with the  Final Entry Deadline set for August 27th.

Team Application:  Click here

Judges Application: Click here 

Entry fees

Professional Division

$60.00 per category prior to August 12, 2013.

$75.00 per category after August 12, 2013.

Categories: Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Butt, Beef Brisket

Backyard Division

$40.00 per category prior to August 12, 2013

$50.00 per category after August 12, 2013

Categories: Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Butt, Beef Brisket

*If not competing in all 4 categories, please indicate which categories you are choosing when entering this form

**Please make checks payable to KIDSPACK BBQ THROWDOWN

Prizes and Awards

This year’s KidsPACK Barbeque Throwdown packs a solid line up of prize money. Here’s how it breaks down.

Overall Prize Money 

Grand Champion – $2,000

Reserve Grand – $1,000

Category Wins

1st – $500

2nd – $400

3rd – $300

4th – $200

5th – $100

6th through 10th – $50

Note: The backyard division prizes consist of trophies for Grand and Reserve with recognition for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in categories as well.

Sponsorship Opportunities 

What could be better for your company’s image than to be seen as a promoter of feeding hungry kids right here in the USA? Seriously, this is an amazing cause!

The good folks putting on this event are looking for private, commercial and organizational sponsors to help support the Throwdown’s cause and help raise money for Polk County’s needy, hungry children.

Please contact Jared Hatcher for all the details via email: or phone at 863-409-2178.

Sponsorship Package Information can be found by clicking here.

Need More Info?  

Visit the event home page here:

About KidsPACK


There are disadvantaged children all around us that go hungry every day. We just don’t often hear about them.

While subsidized school breakfast and lunch programs are in place during school hours, what happens at mealtime for these very same children evenings, weekends and over summer months?


Here are a few testimonies from kids who are currently benefiting from the KidsPACK program:

Dear kidsPACK,

I don’t eat as much as I want to because I leave some for my Grandma. Sometimes she doesn’t have enough money to buy food for us. I just feel sad sometimes.

– Child from Polk County School

Dear kidsPACK

I just want to thank you for giving me some snacks. That really helps me a lot because my mom tells me to make my own food and she forgets to buy food for me and my brother and sisters. We only like a little bit of food. I hope you get a thank you from thousands of school [kids]. I will pray for you.

– Child from Polk County School



Working with local community volunteers, we are able to pack food for children to take into their homes and serve as sustenance when they are not at school.

The benefits are long-lasting. Hunger has a direct link to a child’s ability to learn as well as health.

Studies show that nourished children experience:

  • Less anxiety,
  • Reduced absenteeism,
  • Improved attention span,
  • Higher academic performance, and
  • Increased self esteem.

Whether a child is living out of a car, with a relative, or in a hotel – kidsPACK serves to help make sure that no child goes hungry.