The Maine of Williamsburg – Williamsburg, VA – February 26, 2022, Noon to 4 p.m.
The MABA Awards Banquet will take place on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at noon at The Maine of Williamsburg.
We will be awarding our Team of the Year awards, enjoying food and drink prepared by Two Drummers Smokehouse and celebrating the successes of MABA from 2020 and 2021.
MABA members, please click here to register for the awards banquet. Seating capacity is limited to 200 people. Hotel block information will be provided soon. We hope to see you there!
Tier II Open Contest Changes for Master Series Barbecue TOY Program
During the December meeting, the Board of Directors discussed, voted and approved a change to expand the definition of the open contest criteria for Tier II.
The number of open contests allowed for Tier II remains unchanged 7 or less MABA approved sanctioned competitions during the course of the competition season. Also, contests outside of the MABA region that meet the eligibility rules, but are not MABA approved will also still count toward the team’s overall contest count however with one new exception. The Open contests at the American Royal and the KCBS World Invitational will not count towards the 7 or less criteria.
Tier II teams are encouraged to compete in both the Invitational contest when they qualify and the Open contest without the Open contest counting toward the 7 or less criteria.
The new program rule change is in effect at the release of this letter for the 2022 season starting November 1st, 2021.
The MABA website is updated.
BBQData.com will update programming to ensure the Open contest for the American Royal and KCBS World Invitational are not included in the contest count for Tier II.
The MABA Board of Directors
In 2018, Syd formed Good Googly Goo BBQ of Mitchellville, MD to promote his BBQ Pop-Up events. In the same year, he decided to try competition bbq and entered the Beltway BBQ Showdown in Upper Marlboro, MD. Although he did not hear his name called that day, he was determined to find a way to be competitive in the food sport based on his favorite cuisine. Three years and 34 combined KCBS Backyard and Master Series contests later, Syd is an active and successful pitmaster. He has a deep running passion for live fire cooking, and has grilled food for over 30 years and barbecued for more than 20 of those years.
Travis is the Pitmaster for Gold-N-Blue Barbecue out of Martinsburg, WV. He got involved with competition BBQ in 2018 and has been serious about it ever since. Smokers of choice for Gold-N-Blue are hand built drum smokers, including their very own “T-Drum”. Travis is a strong advocate for the backyard circuit and has been a valued part of getting the backyard series off the ground and grown within MABA.
Outside of BBQ, Travis and his wife, Lauren are very active with the 4-H program and both serve as leaders, board members, and officers of different 4-H clubs and associations. They have 3 kids, a daughter Arlie, and twin newborns, Brisan and Caden.
My name is Theresa Bell and I’m the pitmaster for Big Dog BBQ VA. My husband and BBQ partner is Larry. As we begin our 7th season as a competition BBQ team we are able to look back and see how far we’ve come. We started this journey with 4 WSM smokers. Today we have two MM33’s.
I am a Master Certified BBQ judgee and Certified Table Captain. We judged for a year before cooking.
We live in VA BCH with our (late) Big Dog team mascot Hank- a big black Labrador Retriever!
This BBQ dream of mine would not be possible without the unwavering support from my husband Larry.
Shannon Turner is the pitmaster of Muttley Crew BBQ, a husband/wife team who has been competing since 2014. Shannon has been a CBJ for several years and competes in SCA contests as well. Muttley Crew BBQ competes in 25-35 contests per year, traveling all over the East coast as well as to Kansas City and Oklahoma. Shannon won the 2017 Fire and Ice Cowboy Charcoal Female BBQ Contest during the World Food Championships.
Bill has previously served on the MABA Board of Directors and brings his experience and insight as a KCBS Master Judge, Contest Organizer and KCBS Rep to the board. He has hosted two judges training classes and assisted on several others. Bill has also worked to help various teams with trial cooks and lined up judges to give instant feedback to those teams or what works and what did not work. Bill enjoys cooking on various pieces of equipment from gas to pellet to wood fired.
Greg has been the Pitmaster of Master Series team Boggs Hog BBQ since 2018 and a CBJ since 2014. He is a corporate chef for a large food manufacturer and an active member of the American Culinary Federation, in which he is a Certified Chef de Cuisine, and Research Chef Association. Greg also enjoys competing in SCA steak competitions.
Board Members Present
Amy Overbey President
Mark Kenney Vice President
Lisa Dommes Secretary
Board Members Absent
Meg Ferguson Treasurer
Call to Order
Ms. Overbey called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m., noting the presence of a quorum.
Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes
Mr. Kenney moved to approve the minutes of the September 15, 2020 Board of Directors meeting as submitted. Mr. Chila seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
Mr. Schriver was asked about the status of the Membership Survey. He stated that he still needs the Survey Monkey login from Ms. Ferguson.
Membership Committee: Mr. Cridlin provided a summary of the membership statistics to date for the current year. He also provided a summary of the Backyard Subcommittee meeting and the activities of that committee. Potential goals include a MABA sanctioned Backyard ToY competition, a Backyard state cup series and integration of the Mid Atlantic Backyard Barbecue group with MABA. The Membership Committee will work on a virtual Annual Meeting and other activities to keep the membership engaged. Ms. Overbey will send last year’s agenda and any other planning materials to Mr. Schriver to begin planning an agenda.
Publications Committee: Ms. Dommes reported that she worked with Janet from National Barbecue News to update the membership database and member contact information. Minutes are being posted to the website after approval at the following Board meeting. Post-contest “Shout Outs” to the MABA members receiving calls are being posted to Facebook and Instagram. George DeMartz and Chris Schriver submitted a contest review of the first-year Connelly Springs competition. Ms. Dommes reported that Steve Dotson has volunteered to join the committee and will submit a report from Zom-B-Q and the KCBS Invitational for the social media channels. The Board approved his appointment to the committee.
Website Committee: Mr. Kenney reported that WordPress has updated and the plugins will now automatically update.
Finance Committee: No report.
Bylaws Committee: No report.
Nominations Committee: The terms of Amy Overbey, Mark Kenney, Megan Ferguson, Bob Trudnak and Chris Schriver are expiring. The elections process and timeline were discussed. Ms. Dommes will serve as Nominations Committee Chair and send out the Call for Candidates and set up the ballot on Election Buddy.
Board Transition: The Board discussed the upcoming turnover of Board members. Due to the large number of Board seats turning over, Ms. Overbey asked the Board members to come to the next meeting prepared to turn over necessary information and document as much as possible for the incoming Board members to facilitate the transition.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m. The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for November 10.
Lisa Dommes, Board Secretary