FACT: There's been an 18% increase in contest participation by members in the past year    
FACT: 64% of KCBS members own three or more grills/smokers    
FACT: 70% of our members grill-out/cook BBQ more than 25 times per year    
FACT: 56% of Americans report having a smartphone, 77% of KCBS members do    
FACT: 70% of KCBS members use Facebook    
FACT: 55% of members choose charcoal when cooking for leisure    
FACT: 23% of KCBS members work in the food service industry as a restauranteur or caterer    
FACT: Learning from friends, family and at competitions is the best way to improve cooking skills    
Joining KCBS has its privileges!
  • The official KCBS monthly newsletter, "The Bullsheet"
  • Save $5 when you buy 3 bags of Adirondack Grilling Pellets
  • Access KCBS Preferred Rates at Choice Hotels
  • 10% off all Creekstone Farms® products
  • 10% off any ICEHOLE Cooler or the option to customize your ICEHOLE Cooler with your team or KCBS logo for $50.00.
  • 15% off your total order from Papa Tony's seasonings and ribs.
  • One-day shopping pass at any Restaurant Depot location when you present your KCBS membership card.
  • 20% off your total order from Sadler's Smokehouse online store.
  • $0.50 off TABASCO Chipotle or any pepper sauce flavor!
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KCBS Team Bios


Year Started: 2013

My name is Steve Botkin, a former test technician on the Space Shuttles, GPS Satellites and other high technology space crafts. I am the head pitmaster of the registered KCBS, CBBQA and IBCA barbecue team Desperado. I have been smoking barbecue for more than thirty years. With my bbq passion I cook, grill and smoke meats many different ways. There is nothing like the smell of barbecue in a smoker along with the taste of great barbecue you get from low or fast cooking.

Hometown: Anaheim
State: CA
Country: US

Most wins in a year: 4

Biggest Wins: 1 GC at Slap Yo Daddy's back yarder Dec-2013
4th in Pork May-2014, Best of the Best BBQ Championship and Boat Show. Lake Elsinore, CA
6th Place overall Lancaster, Ca 2014
9th Place Chicken Laughlin, Ca 2014


Website: http://www.DesperadoBBQ.com


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