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1. The 1st Annual Sauce-Off - People’s Choice BBQ Sauce Contest

Posted 4/10/2014


This year we are adding an exciting new element to the MayDay BBQ Cook-Off, a people’s choice sauce award and tasting tent. We will call this the FPBS Sauce-Off. This will be a fun part of the MayDay event and will benefit the Boys and Girls club of the Emerald Coast.  The BBQ Sauce Contest is an opportunity for both the serious BBQ enthusiast as well as the weekend novice to compete for recognition and pride, as well as trophy and ribbons and cash prizes! 

Each team will be allowed to enter what they believe is their best sauce. The contestant will pay $10.00 to enter the sauce in the contest. Judging will be conducted Saturday, May 10th starting at 11:00 am.  Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony Saturday afternoon. 

People’s Choice Sauce Tasting Tent. $5 tasting plates will be sold to the public with 5 Sauces to sample and vote for. There is a 20 entry limit on a first come first serve basis; all teams entered into the people’s choice competition must be able to provide 1 gallon of sauce in a pourable container. We also recommend each entry have an additional 1/2 gallons available in case the sauce runs out.   $100 in prize money is available. 

Planning starts for the 3rd Annual Cook-Off at the MayDay Celebration in DeFuniak Springs in May.


We have started the planning to have the very first 4 Category May Day Cook-Off in DeFuniak Springs.  This will be the 3rd year working with Marcus Baldwin and recently Robin Ford. Last year with a day threatened with rain a great crowd came out and a great day was had by all. 

This Year an even better line-up and a grest day planned. here is the latest news from the May Day Cook-Off Planning Team:


Chicken – Ribs – Pork – Brisket  

Total Prize Money  ($900.)

Grand Champion:  $300. 00 and Trophy

Reserve Champion:  $200.00 and Trophy

1st Place in 4 Meat Categories: $100.00 and Trophy

2nd and 3rd Place winners (Ribbons)

Competiton  Fees

Single Category Fee: $25 per category (Must do all 4 meats to be eligible for Grand Champion).

Early bird Fee:  $75.  Before 1 May

Regular Fee $100. After 1 May

Tom Hardin - 2013 FPBS Volunteer of the Year


Posted 12/18/2013

Each year, the Florida Panhandle BBQ will choose the Volunteer of the Year. This award gives the FPBS the opportunity to show appreciation to that special volunteer who gave so generously of their time, talent and energy to make this organization stronger and help us meet our goals.

As you can imagine, selecting one such individual can be a daunting task, since there are many people who have volunteered so much of their time in making our society run. That said, we have no difficulty in designating Tom Hardin as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year.

Tom has been an active volunteer with the FPBS for the last year training barbecue judges. This is a very important task to ensure that FPBS competition is the best it can be. He brings a mountain of knowledge to the society with his many years involvement with the Kansas City BBQ Society. Due to his efforts, we have well trained judges to judge the three cook-off events we conduct during the year. He has developed a first class training plan for new judges as well as a refresher for seasoned judges. 


We need this kind of volunteering for the society to work. I personally want to thank Tom for all he does for the FPBS.


Thanks to all FPBS Judges

Posted 9/29/13

First off, thanks to all of you for being a judge for our FPBS events. We really couldn't have events without your support! People don't realize what a difficult chore you have before you in selecting the winners. It’s one heck of a job, but someone needs to it.

In the FPBS judging classes intertwine with the actual cook-off day. The classes start at 9am on the day of the Cook-Off.  Attendees are first taught how to judge by the FPBS Judges Training Director Tom Hardin. All attendees exit the meeting/workshop as FPBS Certified BBQ Judges, and therefor are allowed to judge FPBS competitions.

Tom Hardin had his first meeting/workshop at the 9th Annual Triple-B Festival in Crestview on March 21 2012. He will be doing a meeting/workshop before each FPBS event. There is no cost to becoming a FPBS Judge only a little time in a class atmosphere.   

Each judge that has judged in three FPBS events receives a certification certificate signed by Tom Hardin the FPBS Head Judge upon completion of 3rd event.

If you would like to become a BBQ judge in the FPBS - For more information on becoming a judge, call 850-582-6026 or e-mail


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