Suncoast BBQ Bash 2012

Suncoast BBQ Bash 2012  – Venice, FL 

The 3rd annual Suncoast BBQ Bash, a Florida Bar-B-Que Association-sanctioned BBQ competition, will be held at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds in Venice, Florida, April 21, 2012 from 11:00am to 7:30pm. All of the proceeds from the event will go to the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children Inc.

Suncoast BBQ Bash All-Star Lineup

Suncoast BBQ BashThis year, the Suncoast BBQ Bash is lining up to be a major hit, with national and local Pro BBQ Cook Celebs signed on as part of a   50 team FBA-sanctioned field.   We’re talking world champions, national champions, and state champions, folks.  Now in its 3rd season, the Suncoast BBQ Bash is considered by many to be one of the best contests in the Southeast.  It’s a Jack Daniel’s  qualifier, so you know that every pro team in attendance will be doing their level best to win Grand Championship honors!

It’s a special pleasure to note here that some of my favorite BBQ teams will be competing at this year’s event.  

Myron Mixon, Jack’s Old South BBQ

Myron is the chief cook of the Jack’s Old South Competition Bar-B-Que Team. Started in 1996 to promote the family’s Bar-B-Que sauce, the team has won more than 200 grand championships and 40 state championships, and has also appeared on various television programs on The Food Network, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel and the Travel Channel.

Rob “Rub” Bagby, Swamp Boys

Participating in his first Bar-B-Que event in 2003, Rob earned his nickname, “Rub” from a mispronunciation. With the title of #1 overall for 2009 in the National BBQ Rankings, Jack Daniel’s World Champion, and over 31 grand championships, “Rub” is well known in the world of BBQ.

Family Whitcomb, Team Unknown BBQ

If you’ve spent any time at all around the Florida Bar-B-Que Association circuit, you know damn well who and what Team  Unknown BBQ is all about.  The Whitcomb family serves as the backbone of this particular pack of liars and BBQ sooth sayers, and I’m here to tell you that with the Daniels family in tow, and of course Lee “Sugarfoot” Pointer  – you’d best lock down your liquor and send your women out of town!

In truth, you’ll not meet a better more fun-loving group of gents than the Team Unknown crew.  They are on a tear so far this season, with three Grand Championships to their name!  Look for them in Venice, and tell them Kevin from the BBQ Smoker Site sent you.  You’ll get a warm welcome for sure!

Chad Ward, Whiskey Bent BBQ

Starting their backyard BBQ career in 2007, Whiskey Bent BBQ has been competing professionally since 2009 and has won more than 30 professional contests.  I had the pleasure of meeting up with them in Bartow, FL when they made their initial jump to the Pro level in an effort to fill out the field so that particular event could qualify as a Jack Daniel’s Qualifier.  Chad and the crew have been rocking the BBQ Smoker scene ever since.

Dana Hills, Big Papa’s Country Kitchen

Big Papa’s has been a professional competition team since 2007, receiving more than 20 grand championship awards, including this year’s Tri-State Grand Champion. They have appeared on the Food Network, ESPN Speedweek and in NFL championship game coverage in 2009, for their award-winning Bar-B-Que.

Suncoast BBQ Bash Schedule of Events

Always aiming for bigger and better, this year’s Suncoast BBQ Bash is boasting an amazing selection of events both culinary and musical.   This year, visitors can look forward to the following:

  • 2012 Jack Daniel’s Qualifier BBQ Cook Off – $11,000 in cash prizes awarded to some of the best BBQ cook teams in the land
  • Chili For Charity Contest –  two categories; one is for points toward the CASI national championship and the other is for over $1,000 in cash prizes.
  • Bluegrass Jamboree – special guests this year are the Boxcars. They are this year’s recipients of the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards for the best instrumental group, the best banjo player, and the best mandolin player.
This is just a sampling of what attendees this year can look forward to.  Visit the main Suncoast BBQ Bash site for a complete breakdown.