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Largest and Richest Competition Barbecue Series Begins 4th Annual Search for Barbecue's National Champion
Bentonville, AR (PRWEB) February 06, 2014
The heat and smoke are beginning to rise as the fourth annual Sams Club® National BBQ Tour is gearing up to discover competition barbecues National Champion once again. Boasting a $500,000 prize purse, 25 local qualifying events, 6 regional finals and a national championship, held at the Sams Club headquarters in Bentonville, the national tour holds the title as the largest and richest barbecue series ever. Directed by All-Star Pitmaster Troy Black, former editor of Southern Living magazine, the Sams Club National BBQ Tour will kick off on Sat., Feb. 22 in Tampa, FL.
Since 2011, the Sams Club National BBQ Tour has traveled the United States, region by region, searching for the years best in competitive barbecue and awarding winning teams a total of $1.4 million in total prize money. In that time, thousands of Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) competition teams worked to carefully perfect and present their barbecue, which was assessed by KCBS Certified Barbecue Judges, hoping to earn the title of National Champion. More than 700 teams are expected to compete for their shot at fame in the 2014 Sams Club National BBQ Tour.
Barbecue is truly Americas cuisine, from the iconic smoke flavor to the regionally specific tastes, a tournament of this size and magnitude is unparalleled, said Troy Black, series director for the Sams Club National BBQ Tour. This year, weve added stops in Maine, Pennsylvania and California to accommodate the growing competitive barbecue population in those regions, and well return to barbecue hotbeds like Memphis, Tenn., Charleston, S.C., and Kansas City, Mo.
The Sams Club National BBQ Tour is a tournament-style series in which teams must advance from a local qualifying event to the top tier of their regional event in order to qualify for the National Championship and a shot at the $50,000 Grand Champion prize. Sponsored by Bushs®, Cargill®, Coca-Cola®, Heinz®, Hillshire®, KC Masterpiece®, Kingsford®, the National Pork Board, New Zealand Lamb, Pillsbury®, Tones® and Wright® Brand Bacon, this continuously building competition that brings out the best, most committed barbecue teams and keeps judges and spectators returning to Sams Club competitions for the smell and flavor of the countrys best barbecue.
While the competition teams are cooking, Black will showcase grilling demos and free samples of quality meats and sides to event attendees. Each event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://kcbs.us/samstour.
About Sams Club
Sams Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., is the nations eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering savings and surprises to millions of members in 630 U.S. club locations and at SamsClub.com. Sams Club members averaged savings of 33 percent versus traditional retailers.1 To learn more about Savings Made Simple®, visit the Sams Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com, and interact with Sams Club on Twitter and Facebook.
*Based on estimated annualized savings on items Members purchased in select categories derived from a survey conducted in 30 US markets between 2/25/2013 and 3/15/2013 comparing our regular unit prices to regular and shelf-visible sale and loyalty discount unit prices of selected non-Club competitors, including but not limited to grocery stores and mass retailers, but excluding Walmart®. Local savings for individual customers vary. For more information, please send requests to the attention of Sams Club Member Services, 2101 SE Simple Savings Drive., Bentonville, AR 72716-0745.
About Kansas City Barbeque Society
The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 17,000 members worldwide.
KCBS sanctions over 400 barbeque contests throughout the United States and spanning the globe. From volunteering to actual event production, our members also offer assistance to civic and charitable organizations who organize events. For more information, visit: kcbs.us.
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