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"
  • Access KCBS Preferred Rates at Choice Hotels
  • 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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The Great American Cookout

With stops in all four corners of the country, the 2016 Great American Cookout will bring the art and taste of outdoor cooking to some of the biggest and best barbeque contests, festivals and retail locations throughout the nation. In its tenth year, the Great American Cookout will stop at over 50 retail locations and 20 food festivals throughout the tour's seven months on the road. BBQ experts and GAC tour hosts, Mike and Christine Peters, will share grilling tips and free samples with event attendees, so bring your napkins, this is one cookout you do not want to miss!

The Great American Cookout wants to give YOU the ultimate backyard BBQ, complete with your favorite celebrity pitmasters! This year, one lucky BBQ fan will win a backyard "Celebrity BBQ Bash" for up to 20 of their closest friends. And this won't be your typical backyard BBQ - this will be a bash that you and your friends will never forget. The Grand Prize includes a party for up to 20 people complete with food, fun and entertainment by a BBQ celebrity! Don't miss your chance to be BBQ royalty for a day!

2016 GAC Schedule

Rock n Ribs BBQ Festival
4/22 - 4/23 | Springfield, MO
Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival
4/30 - 5/1 | Ridgefield, CT
Chesapeake Jubilee
5/20 - 5/22 | Chesapeake, VA
The National BBQ Cup
5/27 - 5/29 | Nashville, TN
Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival
6/10 - 6/11 | Tryon, NC
Barbourville BBQ Cookoff
6/17 - 6/18 | Barbourville, KY
Giant National Capital BBQ Battle
6/25 - 6/26 | Washington DC
Naperville Exchange Club's Ribfest
7/1 - 7/4 | Naperville, IL
Wine, Brew, & BBQ Too
7/15 - 7/16 | New Palestine, IN
Columbus Jazz and Ribfest
7/22 - 7/24 | Columbus, OH
Long Beach BBQ Festival
8/19 - 8/21 | Long Beach, CA
River Falls Bacon Bash
9/16 - 9/18 | River Falls, WI
Murphysboro BBQ Cookoff
9/23 - 9/24 | Murphysboro, IL
The Jack Daniels Invitational
10/21 - 10/22 | Lynchburg, TN
American Royal Barbecue
10/26 - 10/30 | Kansas City, MO
Shelby Hog Happenin'
11/4 - 11/5 | Shelby, NC
World Food Championships
11/9 - 11/15 | Orange Beach, AL

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