About Fla Panhandle BBQ Society



The FPBS provides this website to keep our group involved and informed of BBQ events and information such as cooking techniques, barbecue tips and recipes. We help BBQ contest coordinators promote their events on the Events and News page.  The FPBS is not a sanctioning body and does not have the manpower to function in this manner. There are reps for sanctioning associations such as Kansas City BBQ Society or the Florida BBQ Association, please contact them. For more information in this area contact the Association (Links are provided on the Links Page of this website).

If you would like to contact the FPBS to make any enquires or provide feedback about the website, you can do so by filling out the online form on the Contact Us Page. Please provide a valid email address so that we can respond to you. We will never share your email address or any other details with anyone and you will never receive spam from us.   





Notes from Colin Richards FPBS Founder and Director

“BBQ Cook-offs have grown over the past few years here on the Gulf Coast," say organizers of local Cook-Offs in Ft. Walton Beach, Crestview, and Foley Al. Dothan Al. & Tallahassee say.  And I like to think it’s because of the efforts of the FPBS. A lot of people come out to taste the food and see who wins. We have a great time. There is nothing like the Smell of BBQ smoke in the morning. I have been to many Cook-offs in my time and I never get tired of them. I became a Florida Barbecue Association Judge to partake in tasting the outstanding offerings the teamscreate. If you are looking for a great time, great food and great people then you must plan to attend a local BBQ Cook-Off.

The FPBS at this time operates the competition in three Cook-Off Events in the Fla Panhandle The classic Cook-Off  has four categories, including Pork Ribs, Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork and Chicken. Competitors want people to know there is a big difference between grilling and barbecue. Grilling is over an open fire like cooking a steak, while barbecue uses smoke to cook food over a long period of time. It’s incredible what the teams can do with a tuff chunk of meat like a Beef Brisket.  

Ken Barton of DeFuniak Springs and his team, mostly his family, compete under the name Poverty Hill Smokers. They've competed for a few years in all four categories.They usually take part in the top competitions here on the Gulf Coast. They have taken the Crestview Triple-B Grand Champion trophy home with them the last two years. They are not professional, but they have done pretty well, Ken said. "It's more of a hobby than anything else. We have fun."

In September at the Landing Community Park in Downtown Ft. Walton Beach, the Greater Ft. Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce will be presenting thesecond annual FWB BBQ. This will be a Cook-Off with the top BBQ Competition Teams around the Gulf Coast cooking for over $2,000. Dollars in cash and trophies. You have the chance to try their cooking and vote for our favorite team in the People’s Choice competition.   

If you would like to volunteer to do something to help the FPBS or the Chamber during the day call the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber at 244-8191. Or give the FPBS.



The Fla Panhandle BBQ Society is a Member of the National Barbecue Association.



The National Barbecue Association is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association founded in January 1991 and incorporated in the State of North Carolina in 1993. The organization was created to address the needs of the broad, diverse and growing barbecue industry.

At the time the association was formed, there were a variety of organizations specifically focused on a particular segment or region of the barbecue world, but no single group designed to unite and strengthen the industry overall. Since that time, the NBBQA has grown into an organization over 2,000 members strong, connecting all branches of the barbecue "family tree" to share, learn and celebrate. From restauranteurs, caterers and suppliers to competitors and the public at large, our members represent anyone with a personal or professional passion for this great American culinary tradition.

NBBQA Mission Statement:
Sharing and expanding the diverse culture of barbecue through networking and education.

NBBQA Vision Statement:
Our vision is an expansive barbecue community that embraces all things barbecue—from low and slow to grilling, catering, to competing or simply the fun and friendship of a backyard cookout.


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The FPBS is now Operating Three BBQ competitions during the year in the Florida Panhandle. We need members to assist with operations and enjoy the events. If you would like to become a FPBS barbecue judge we will train you.

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