Monthly Archives: February 2017

Madison Lake in May

Madison Lake In May Rib Cook Off

Location: Madison Lake, MN

Held at The Lucky Lure in beautiful Madison Lake, MN, this backyard rib and chicken contest benefits the Sons of the American Legion Post 269, and their annual July Fireworks event. Free camping available while spots last, both Friday and Saturday. This year promises to be bigger and better!

Check out the full flier here! Mad In May 2018 Flyer

All of the information is on the Mad May BBQ official site!

BBQ Spring Training

Spring Training 2018

Time: 7:30AM – 4:30PM – Great BBQ Lunch Included
Location: Falcon Heights, MN

The Minnesota BBQ Society is pleased to join the University of Minnesota Meat Science Department once again to offer the BBQ Spring Training Workshop on May 26th, 2018 in the Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science.  This full day program is packed with lectures and demonstrations provided by meat scientists, industry professionals, and Minnesota BBQ Society competition pros.

The workshop contains something for everyone, from the amateur backyard cook to seasoned competition chefs.  Your registration for the workshop includes a binder full of all the presentations, a University of Minnesota Meat Science hat and apron, breakfast refreshments, BBQ lunch, and product tastings, all for a reduced registration rate of $150 per person for members and $175 for non-members.  The entire program will take place in the Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota. The day begins with a very informative tour of the Meat Lab; the University raises their own livestock and slaughters them on site. There is also a retail shop where the University’s own meats, sausages, cheeses and amazing ice cream are available for sale.

Due to the date change, our keynote speaker is now Heath Riles, from Heath Riles BBQ (Recently Transitioned from Victory Lane BBQ) Heath is:

  • 39 years old, started cooking BBQ at 18
  • 52 GC’s in since 2013, over 20 perfect scores as well.
  • TV= nationally run Bank of America commercial, also multiple appearances on Food Network, Destination channel, Travel Channel and radio appearances.
  • BBQ biz= restaurant consultant, contracted recipe development consult, his personal rub and seasoning  business has earned over 30 NBBQA awards.
  • Has taught numerous classes, and keynote sessions to all levels of audience.

More about Heath!


Some of this year’s topics include:

The Science of Meat

BBQ Equipment- Theories & Reality

The Art of Cooking BBQ

Barbeque Showcase

What it takes to be a BBQ Team in Backyard & Pro

The Right Equipment for You

Sausage Fundamentals

Registration for Spring Training 2018 is now closed!

Up In Smoke BBQ Bash. May the fork be with you!

Up in Smoke BBQ Bash

Location: East Park, Mason City, Iowa

The Up in Smoke BBQ Bash is KCBS state championship just across the Iowa/Minnesota border, down Interstate 35.  Held in a beautiful park with a nearly $10,000 prizes.  The Up in Smoke BBQ Bash has great live music, activities for the kids, FREE admission and is a great weekend.  Join us!

KCBS Contest Registration: