IBCA Smokin’ Log

By Lynn Shivers


May, 2014

MAY is National BBQ Month


April was a very busy month (36 events) and May is starting off with a bang.  Congratulations to all of you that had your number called.  Thank you for supporting IBCA.


SOAP BOX:  Once again, I ask that you if you have a difficult name, please check with the Head Judge and Promoter to make sure that you name is spelled correctly – otherwise the points will not be properly applied.  It seems that every week we get calls about this issue.



On the road with Michelle & Ronnie Wade:


3/27  Ft. Worth Cops for Kids
123 teams

Finally, a weekend with some great weather! The Ft. Worth Cops for Kids moved to a new venue this year and it did not disappoint. Panther Island pavilion is the ideal place for their new location! There was plenty of room with level, paved parking and no dust. Those that have been to the stockyards and cooked on the bricks/gravel, will understand. 🙂

This weekend, good weather, a nice venue, a $7,500 prize purse, plus $4,200 for TXBA pit members added money, brought out 123 teams. A silent auction, car show and some great bands brought the public out too. A few celebrity judges graced the judging tent, including several chefs from popular Ft. Worth/Dallas restaurants and Dallas Cowboys tight end, Jay Novacek and his wife.

There were 66 bean entries, paying out ten places with first place paying $500. Pretty nice payday for a pot of beans! Congratulations to Mark Bradbury for cooking the winning beans.
Thanks to Laura, Lynn, Judy, Tammy and each and everyone that came out to help in the judging area.
Awards was a tight race to the end. Proof that there were a lot of great cooks out there this weekend. Congratulations to GC Ronnie Wade & RGC Jamie Geer.
Until next time….

4/11 Lil Earl’s 4th Annual Hometown BBQ Throwdown, Marshall
32 teams

Another nice weather weekend! The cook off is held around the courthouse square, on the old red brick streets. Things got started with a Fri evening cooks meeting. Sat morning, Lori Griffith graciously delivered donuts, kolaches & orange juice to each site to get the morning started off right.
A 5k run begins early Sat morning and some may not know, but there is a bbq’er in our midst that actually runs here every year. Way to go Clint Morgan! Larry Ewing, you might want to check this contest out next year. You would have two reasons to come to Marshall. 🙂
For some reason, the dog walk was cancelled this year and I always looked forward to walking with a big pack of dogs. Yeah, imagine that! Lol. Pam Geer had Sadie, Maynard’s had Bodie, I had mine & Edwin, our friend from Marshall, was dog sitting for his grandson so, we made our own dog walk.

Thanks to Chris & Lori Griffith for putting this event on. They are famous for having unique, “useable” prizes. This year was no exception. Grand & Reserve prize was a Coleman Stainless Steel ice chest. Awards for the 3 meats were checks, plaques & koozies, and a bag of beans for the bean winners.
As always, thanks to Judy and all those that helped in the judging area!

The bean winner was Gary Rolf and 1st place dessert went to Pam Geer. Congrats to them.

The 2015 Grand Champion was Jamie Geer and winning Reserve was Angie Pruett. Congrats to both! Enjoy those shiny ice chests!

4/17 Terrell Heritage Jubilee
71 teams
42 local

The rain held off until around 11pm Friday night but didn’t last too long. Sat the sun came out and it turned out to be a great day. As usual, Denny & Debbie Jo were running around on a golf cart being sure everyone was registered and set up. Debbie Jo was easy to spot because, in her regular fashion, had on one very cool tie dyed tee shirt!
Sat morning cooks were treated to a great breakfast, thanks to Eddie Deen & the Terrell Chamber of Commerce. Some contests have gotten away from giving out goody bags, but not here! The cooks appreciate the fact that the promoters went that little extra step to say, “thanks for coming & choosing to support our contest”.
From my perspective, quiet time was observed very well this year, and security was visible all around the park.

The Terrell Jubilee has been going on for 34 years and the BBQ cook off has been a part of it for the last 23!


Thanks to Lynn & Laura for running this contest. Thanks to “off duty” head judges, Keke & Lori for stepping in to assist. It’s basically two contests in one. There is a local division for cooks with Terrell addresses. This year there were 42 entered in the local, and 71 teams in the “pit” division. Because of this, it takes a lot of volunteers to make this event run smooth in the judging area. Thanks to the chamber, their staff was there to help where needed.

In the “local” division, congratulations go to Randy Brumbelow for Grand and to Dale Cordwell, (aka, Pops). This year’s cobbler winner was Jodi Young with a Blackberry Cobbler. Bean winner was David Slaughter.
Grand Champion in the “pit” division was Ronnie Wade and Reserve Grand Champion was Chris Griffith.
Congrats to them and all that got called.



4/25/15 Colleyville Old Tyme BBQ – 42 teams

After a brief blow, accompanied by a little rain Fri night, the Colleyville BBQ kicked off. Parking is on asphalt, so mud wasn’t a problem this weekend. Sat brought nice weather and 42 teams.
Those that have cooked Colleyville, know they have a history of upping the prize money at the awards, thanks in part to the Hall family. This year was no exception. The advertised prize purse was $6,000, but at awards, the announcement was made there would be an additional prize for GC of $2,000, and Reserve would get $1,000. Folks, if you haven’t cooked this event, you really need to put it on your calendar next year. You never know what kind of “bonuses” might be thrown in for the cooks, plus, all proceeds support Special Olympics.
As usual there were a lot of good auction and raffle items that also benefit Special Olympics. Charlie & Faye Hall along with their family, go all out to raise money for a good cause.
Thanks to Laura, Terry, Lynn & Jeff for working in the judging area and to Kevin & his crew, for putting the event on.
When the smoke cleared, Chris Hatcher was named GC and Joni Schug took RGC.
1st place bean winner was Gerald Maynard.
Congratulations to those and to all that walked to the stage


Remember 2015 will be election year with all positions to be filled.

Executive Director- Lynn Shivers

Secretary – Lori Griffith

Treasurer – Laura Blount

Board of Director at Large (2)  Angie Pruett & Michelle Wade.


These are 2 year terms.


Stop and think about who you would like to see fill these offices – but make sure that they have the time and will be willing to do what is required to help make the growth of the IBCA continue.  Nominees must be a member of good standing in the IBCA.


We will be calling for Nominations and Proposed Rule Changes the first of June.  The

Proposed Rule changes need to be sent either by email (info@ibcabbq.org)  or letter to the office, P O Box 81, Keller, TX  76244.


Pit Added money events:



June 5-6, 2105              LABCA      Cookin’ on the Cane, Natchitoches, LA

                                      Membership in IBCA/LABCA must be current 4-30-15


The IBCA added money will be Delight, AR this year at the Smokin’ at the Mill,

October 9-10, 2015 –details to follow.


Also, mark your calendar for Saturday, August 1, 2015 for the Annual IBCA Meeting in Austin at the VFW Post 8787.  Time to be announced.


Good Luck on the Smokin’ Trail.   If anyone would like to submit an article for the Smokin’ Log – it is always appreciated.



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Email:  info@ibcabbq.org