Monthly Archives: March 2017

Deer River BBQ & Brew Fest. 10 Year Anniversary!!

July 19th & 20th 2019.

Register Before May 1st and save!!!!

Location: Deer River, MN. Behind the Outpost Bar and Grill on Hwy 2.

This unique Backyard event is in its 10th year and is put on by the Deer River Chamber of Commerce. It gives new and amateur burners the opportunity to hone their skills on all four categories. Ribs, Chicken, Pork & Brisket. In addition, all burners will be able to take part in a crowd favorite chicken wing competition (FREE & need not enter main event to enter chicken wing contest). You will be able to show off your stuff and let the public sample your Q. Live music and a Home Brew Completion! Follow link for more details: BBQ & BREW

2019 Deer River BBQ Entry Form

2019 Deer River Schedule of Events

Heartland Days BBQ 2018

Heartland Days BBQ Contest

Location:  Lewiston, MN

A great community event!

$75 registration fee includes 20×30’ space and 25 pounds of thawed pork butt

Contact Shawn Kennedy-Lee at or (507) 313-1908 to register or for more information.

Heartland Days Flier


Old Settlers BBQ Bash

Old Settlers BBQ Bash

Date:  June 23, 2017

Location:  Barrett, MN

Rib cook-off to benefit the Barrett Fire Department Flames Auxiliary. $50 entry fee –  ribs are provided! $200 top prize!

Click HERE for the application.

Click HERE for the rules.

Current TOY Rules

Calculated by totaling the top three actual contest scores achieved by a team for each category (Chicken, Ribs, Pork, Brisket, and Overall) for the year.

Proposed TOY Rules

Go from using a team’s actual scores to a point system based on the finishing place. Points would be given to every team, including last place. Further, bonus points would be given incrementally based on the number of teams at a given competition, up to 35 bonus points maximum.

Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes 02/08/2017

Minnesota BBQ Society Board Meeting Minutes

Feb. 8, 2017

Broadway Pizza, West River Road, Minneapolis

In Attendance: Dick Dahlen, Stan Dobosenski, Dave Londeen, Lu Holter, John Scharffbillig, Don Bickford, Randy Appelgren, Claire Terrones, Dan Salzl

Guests: Chuck Anderson, Nora Gallagher,

Meeting was called to order at 6:04 pm

Motion by Stan, 2nd by Randy: to approve the December 2016 Minutes. Approved

Financial Report:

The Annual Banquet numbers were reviewed. We showed a small profit. This is due in large part to raffle ticket sales, and the fact that our raffle items were donated (not purchased) this year.

Membership: Mark Noordsy submitted a Jan. 2017 Membership Report for review, showing 217 members. His preliminary investigation into ClubExpress software will be forwarded to the incoming Treasurer.

Smokin’ with Smithfield: Lu brought forward information on a grant program being promoted by Smithfield, which provides funding to increase completion prize payouts. There is however an exclusivity clause for pork & ribs. The Board discussed our relationship with both Compart and the University of Minnesota, and determined that the Society should not enter into any contractual agreements which endanger those relationships.

Board Assignments:

The following open positions were filled with these Board members:

Treasurer: Lu Holter

Secretary: Claire Terrones

Membership: Dan Salzl

Newsletter and National BBQ News articles: Lu Holter

Community Outreach: Dick Dahlen

Annual Banquet: Claire Terrones/Randy Appelgren

Meat Masters Radio: John brought forward the request from Meat Masters Radio that the Society partner with the radio show for increased website traffic and public awareness. The Society will receive a portion of proceeds from advertising sales referred through the BBQ Society. Both websites will provide a link to the other. The Board agreed.

– Other radio and barbecue podcasts were discussed as a possible resource MBS could provide to its members.

MAMP: Stan and Randy are cooking for the event, Damon Holter will be speaking at the conference. John and Janelle Willard are cooking for the banquet.

Spring Training: April 8th-Construction at the University is done on the ground floor and basement, but there will be very little space outside for our event, due to remaining construction activities. John is reconfirming the registration cost with the U, and will get information to Chuck to post on the website. We will need volunteers to cook and serve at the event.

Minnesota in May: At this point we have 100 Judges, 8 teams signed up. Randy is heading up the pro contest, Dan is leading the Backyard event. A Contest meeting will be scheduled soon.

By-Laws: Dan and Beth Salzl will be reviewing the current Society By-Laws, and will return with recommendations for revisions.

Other Items:       

There have been requests for information on the website for how to get started in backyard BBQing. Stan and Lu will work on that. Stan introduced the idea of hosting a BBQ101, similar to what the Great Lakes BBQ Association has done. He is willing to work on that.

Judges’ Class: Dave is looking at March 11th. The location is still undetermined. More information will be forthcoming.

Next Meeting: March 8, 2017

Meeting was adjourned at 7:12 pm


King Turkey Day Smokin' Gobbler Barbeque Cook off

King Turkey Day Smokin’ Gobbler Barbeque Cook-Off

Location: Worthington, MN

This contest will be held in downtown Worthington, MN at the intersection of 9th Street & 4th Avenue. Directions. A state championship contest that is held in conjunction with Worthington’s largest town festival, King Turkey Day. This community event features many activities for the whole family including, a 10K run & 5K walk, a turkey race, parade, outdoor movie, midway, beer garden and much more! This is a KCBS sanctioned event.

Contact Information:

King Turkey Day, Inc.
1121 Third Avenue, Worthington, MN 56187


Lazy Loon Brewing Co

Lazy Loon Rib Fest

Location: Norwood Young America, MN

Lazy Loon Rib Fest sponsored by Lazy Loon Brewing Company!
The location is at Lazy Loon Lanes, 305 East Wilson Street, Norwood Young America and will be held May 19th, 2018.
Entry fee will be $125 which includes 8 racks.

For contest inquiries please contact Jonathan at 952-484-3417 or