Ultimate Air Dogs (Dock Diving Competition) Registration Now OPEN

One of the crowd favorites at PorktoberQue is watching the Ultimate Air Dogs run, jump and splash throughout the weekend. The event, three days long this year, will feature the FINALS of the Air Dogs on Sunday, with practice and competition on Friday and Saturday. Now, you can register your dog to participate by visiting http://www.ultimateairdogs.com/event-info/2016/Dothan.php 

PorktoberQue is a pet-friendly event. All well-behaved pets on a leash or in a carrier are welcome. Behind the barns (toward Prevatt) there is a large area for doggie-bathroom breaks. If your pet poops inside the fairgrounds area, please pick it up! Because food is being served in the Festhaus, pets are not allowed inside, unless specifically a service animal.

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Check These Out at PorktoberQue

We are pleased to welcome one of our newest PorktoberQue sponsors, Discount General RV! They will be bringing a few of their campers and RV’s to PorktoberQue so that you can check them out in a fun and low-key atmosphere. Camping is an affordable and fun way to enjoy family time and see the country, so stop by the Discount General RV booth space at PorktoberQue to learn more!

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What’s the KCBS, and why does their sanctioning matter?

I get this question once in a while from people who aren’t involved in the barbecue world. (That, and why are you so obsessed with BBQ … but there’s no answer for that one.)

Let’s start with the basics. Here’s what their web site has to say:

About the Kansas City Barbeque Society

THE KANSAS CITY BARBEQUE SOCIETY (KCBS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, is the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 15,000 members worldwide.

KCBS sanctions over 400 barbeque contests coast-to-coast throughout America. From volunteering to actual event production, our members also offer assistance to civic and charitable organizations who organize events.

KCBS serves as a clearinghouse of barbeque information which provides:

  • Networking with related trade associations and other contest-sanctioning organizations
  • Tracking trends in barbeque related products, and equipment
  • Teaming up with other food organizations and the media to promote barbeque

With our library, and extensive archive of barbeque related articles, KCBS offers educational programs, consultation services, and civic organization presentations to help promote barbeque as America’s Favorite Cuisine. Find out more at http://www.kcbs.us/

 The other contest we organize, the Tri-State BBQ Festival in the spring is a FBA (Florida Bar-B-Que) sanctioned event. How do these two organizations differ?

The short answer is this: In FBA, you turn in a box of meat (only) in KCBS you include garnish. In FBA, turn ins are every hour on the hour. In KCBS, it’s every thirty minutes. In KCBS, you get each of your judges scores and an average. In FBA, you just get a score from the table.
Both groups cook the same four meats- chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.
KCBS, FBA… how many of these sanctioning bodies are there in the US?
A lot. An awful lot. Probably more than what’s listed below. But the top three east of the Mississippi are the KCBS, the MBN, and the FBA (by number of contests they sanction.)
Here’s the list—-
Alaska BBQ Association
Arizona Barbeque Association
Atlanta Barbecue Club
Barbecue Championship Series
Big Apple BBQ Society
California BBQ Association
Central Florida Barbecue Association
Central Texas Barbecue Association
East Texas Barbecue Cookers Association
Florida BBQ Association
Florida Panhandle BBQ Society
Georgia BBQ Championship
Great Lakes BBQ Association
Greater Houston Barbecue Society
Greater Omaha Barbeque Society
Greater Wichita Barbeque Society
Hawaii BBQ Club
Illinois BBQ Society 
Intermountain Barbecue Association
International BBQ Cookers Association
Iowa BBQ Society
Kansas City Barbeque Society
Lonestar Barbecue Society
Louisiana BBQ Cookers Association
Memphis BBQ Association (MBA)
Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN)
Memphis In May (MIM)
Michigan BBQ Association
Mid-Atlantic BBQ Association
Minnesota BBQ Society
Mosquito County (FL) BBQ Society
National Barbecue Association
National Championship BBQ Cookoff Assoc.
New England BBQ Society
New Mexico BBQ Association
North Carolina Barbecue Society
North Texas Area BBQ Cookers Association
Ohio BBQ Society
Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association
Pennsylvania BBQ Association
Pineywoods BBQ Association East
Prairie BBQ Association
Rocky Mountain BBQ Association
Southern BBQ Network
Southern California BBQ Association
South Carolina BBQ Association
South Texas BBQ Association
Southwest Arkansas Bar-B-Q Association
Southwest Missouri BBQ Association
St. Louis BBQ Society
Tennessee BBQ Network
Texas BBQ Association
Texas Gulf Coast BBQ Cooker’s Association
Third Coast BBQ Association
Tri-State BBQ Association
Utah BBQ Association
Western BBQ Association
West Slope Barbecue Association
West Texas Barbecue Association
Wisconsin Barbeque Society
Next time… we’ll talk a little about what the most prestigious BBQ competitions are in the US. PorktoberQue is a qualifier for two of the most recognized barbecue competitions in the world!