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Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes 04/12/17

Minnesota BBQ Society Board Meeting Minutes
April 12, 2017
Ramsey County Library, Shoreview, MN

In Attendance: Dick Dahlen, John Scharffbillig, Don Bickford, Randy Appelgren, Dave Londeen,
Lu Holter, Dan Salzl
Guest: Nora Gallagher

Meeting was called to order at 6:00pm.

Financial Report: Dave submitted his report.
Final invoice from the University for Spring Training is outstanding.

Membership: Dan reported that we have received 30+ renewals in Jan-Feb.
April-May renewal reminders were just sent out.

Judges’ Class: The Society is partnering with Jeremy Prange in Mankato to combine the 2017 classes. The Society will plan to do their Judges’ Class in Spring 2018 at the University of Minnesota.

Spring Training Recap:
103 paid participants
Many favorable comments, a few that it was too technical, want more on equipment/woods
Thoughts for Next Year: Want to be able to cook on site, include more vendors (pick date early and lock them in early), return to the first year’s agenda (concentrating on 4 meats/competition), incorporate a video of a contest from a Cook Team perspective

Rib Cook in Winona: Lu and Dick reported that it was a big success- lots of work/fun! They cooked 1200 racks of ribs over two days, raising $2400 for the Fire Department. There was recognition on social media and in the Winona press.

Minnesota in May: May 12-13, 2017-
It was decided that we will offer t-shirts and hoodies for sale in advance of the contest, a minimal number available on-site. The Board approved the expenditure of approximately $550 for pins, to be given to Judges and available for sale to others at the event. As of this date, there are 47 pro teams signed up, and 15 Backyard teams.

Meat Masters Radio: Dan, Randy and John were interviewed on the Minnesota in May contest

By-Laws: Dan and Beth Salzl will begin review of the existing By-Laws and will be coming back to the Board with recommendations for revisions.

Team of the Year: The membership was polled in March for opinions on the TOY competition. The results were 5 votes to keep the rules the same as 2016, 24 votes to change to the proposed ‘ranking’ system. The Board decided to change to the proposed rules for 2017. It was decided that results of Fire on Ice would count toward TOY. Cook teams must be members in good standing of the Society prior to Minnesota in May. Notice of the change in rules will be posted on the website and on Facebook. Lu will ask Tony Korthaus to also send the notice to those who participated in Fire on Ice.

Jeremy Dockendorf also proposed trying to find a way to recognize Judges in a similar fashion. John and Dan will work on coming up with some guidelines for that as well, to be announced at Minnesota in May.

Motion byDon, 2nd by Randy to adjourn the meeting.
Meeting adjourned 6:58 pm.

Smoke-N-Wright BBQ Contest

CANCELED – Smoke-N-Wright

This event has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances but is planned to be back in 2018.

Location: Saint Michael, MN

30 Teams Wanted Entry fee: $175 Main Event ( 4 categories) 100% payout

Categories: Chicken, Ribs, Something Sea Food, Something Butt!!

$50 Entry For Peoples Choice ( Ribs Sponsored By J &B Group) top 3 paid to Sign up or for Rules. 763-497-1766

Or Sign up @ Sadie’s Coffee Shop Judges Sign up:

Open to the Public at 10 am. $15.00 to sample and vote on Peoples choice. Ribs to be served 11:30 am until Gone.

Live and or DJ’d Music ( TBA) Silent Auction, Raffles, Lets make a Deal with Kim

( All Proceeds go Directly to Mission 22)

Sponsored by: Big Al’s Bowling, J&B Group, Sadie’s Coffee, I know A Guy, Jurrens & Associates, Midwest Rubs, Kremer’s Toy & Hobby and Many more.

Second Annual Wright County Awareness Ride Saturday, September23, 2017

Registration: 9:00 – 9:45 / KSU 10:00 $20 per bike

Extra Rider $10.00/ Entry Includes Breakfast & small coffee For more information on who we are: All proceeds go towards our mission of empowering abused children

Directions to event.

Pig N Wing Challenge

Pig N Wing Challenge

Location: Wadena County Fairgrounds in Wadena, MN

This is a Backyard cook off featuring a rib category and a chicken wing category.  Contestants can enter either one or both categories.  Cash prizes are given for each category with winners being determined by judges.  There’s also a People’s Choice award in each category with winners determined by votes from the public.  The public is welcome at this event, they sample ribs and wings from the contestants and vote for their favorites.  French fries & corn on the cob are sold at this event and of course there’s a beer garden. This year there will be a car show as well!  All proceeds from the event go to the Wadena Lions Club.  Come have a great time cooking ribs n wings and help out the Wadena Lions!Wadena County Fairgrounds

For more information please email and follow the event on Facebook at

Rotary Rock-N-Ribs BBQ Event

Rotary Rock-n-Ribs Backyard

Location: Oktoberfest Grounds – La Crosse, WI

You do not need any special or fancy equipment to be in our Backyard Competition…just your backyard smoker or grill and a little cooking skill. If you have ever wanted to get your feet wet and try competitive barbecue but are not up to the task of cooking in a professional competition that includes 4 meats and 30 minutes apart turn-ins, try the Rotary Rock-n- Ribs Backyard Competition. The Backyard Competition only consists of two meats and you don’t have to cook the meats all night. Just bring your tent or camper, easy up or canopy, smoker, meats, rubs and lawn chair and plan to have a lot of fun. You can exchange a few tips and ideas with other competitors, get the feel for the full-scale competition, and check out the professional team smokers. A few of you will be going home with prize money and bragging rights to tell your family and friends.

Entry Fees

The entry fee is $125.00 and covers two meats: chicken and pork ribs, along with a 30 amp power hookup and water near your site. All teams are responsible for providing their own meat.


The 2017 Rotary Rock-n- Ribs competition will be our second KCBS sanctioned “Stand Alone Backyard Contest” that will be comprised of non-professional teams that are required to cook both meats to win the Grand Champion and the Reserved Grand Champion Awards. Our competition will consist of each chicken and pork ribs categories with 1 st through 10th place prizes.

Chicken & Pork Ribs Entry ($5000 total payout)

Overall Scores

  • Grand Champion $1000.00 (Trophy or Plaque included)
  • Reserved Grand Champion $500.00 (Trophy or Plaque included)

Chicken & Pork Ribs Categories

  • 1st Place $350.00 (Trophy included)
  • 2nd Place $300.00 (Trophy included)
  • 3rd Place $250.00 (Trophy included)
  • 4th Place $200.00
  • 5th Place $150.00
  • 6th Place $100.00
  • 7th Place $100.00
  • 8th Place $100.00
  • 9th Place $100.00
  • 10th Place $100.00

More information on rotary website:

Rotary Rock-N-Ribs BBQ Event

Rotary Rock-n-Ribs BBQ Event

Rotary Rock-n-Ribs BBQ Event – June 23-24, 2017.

Who’s ready for a Rockin’ good time?  Our Rotary Rock-n-Ribs BBQ event offers smoky-delicious food, fun and music for all ages.  The La Crosse Valley View Rotary and the Holmen Area Rotary Clubs are excited to introduce the 3rd Annual Rotary Rock-n-Ribs BBQ event on June 23-24, 2017 at a new location – Oktoberfest Grounds in La Crosse WI.  Participants will enjoy the wonderful aroma and tasting of great food from Big Boar BBQ, Mr. Tony’s BBQ, Ole’s Pizza, Pop’s Kettle Corn, and Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company.

The Rotary Rock-n-Ribs event includes:

 Friday, June 23rd:

  • Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) ancillary Kids Q Competition sponsored by Texas Roadhouse of La Crosse and Red Balloon Early Learning Center.  The Kids Q consists of two categories.  The first category “Grill Masters” will consist of children between the ages of 7 through 10 years old who will compete in grilling hamburgers.  The second category “Pit Masters” will consist of children between the ages of 11 through 15 years old who will compete in grilling steaks.
  • Bakalars Sausage Company will be sponsoring the Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) Steak Competition, and Xcel Energy will be sponsoring the ancillary SCA Wing Competition. This is the first SCA competition in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Dave Roger’s Blues Band will be playing from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • The Retro Specz will be playing from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., sponsored by Dick’s Pallet Works of La Crosse.

 Saturday, June 24th:

  • Verve will be presenting the Pulled Pork Competition to help raise money for non-profit organizations; limited to 20 teams this year. Each non-profit organization will need to find a barbeque team/restaurant sponsor or cook themselves a full roaster pan of smokin’ barbeque pulled pork to disburse tasty samples to the public in the efforts of collecting monetary votes for the delicious tasting of their pulled pork and their great cause of the non-profit organization they represent.  Tickets will be sold for $10 for each ticket holder to taste a sample of pulled pork from each of the 20 non-profit organization teams.  The prize money and matching of the monetary votes will all be provided by Verve, a local credit union.
  • Midwest TV and Appliance will present a Big Green Egg VIP Rib Competition on Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. that will consist of 8 to 10 Backyard Competition teams cooking ribs on the Big Green Eggs for only 50 ticket holders; tickets will be sold for $30. Each ticket holder will be able to taste a rib from each VIP team and receive a t-shirt.
  • Other competitions will consist of Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Professional State Championship and a Stand-Alone Backyard that will bring teams from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and possibly Illinois. Thanks to the partnership of Midwest TV and Appliance for helping in the sponsorship of the KCBS Stand Alone Backyard competition.    Also, Trust Point will be sponsoring a Mystery Ingredient Competition.  The KCBS competitions will be judged by KCBS judges from Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
  • Gregg Hall and the Wrecking Ball will be playing from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, sponsored by Express Employment Professionals and Advanced Fiber Products
  • Dave Roger’s Blues Band will be playing from 4 to 6 pm, sponsored by Klug Insurance Agency

Feel Free to visit our website:

Rotary Rock-N-Ribs BBQ Event

Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) Judge’s Class

Time: 5-7PM

If you have a passion for food, especially tasting a juicy and delicious steak, then sign up to be a Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) certified judge for the fastest-growing cooking competition in the United States.  The Rotary Rock-n-Ribs is hosting a SCA certified judge’s class on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Holmen American Legion, Holmen WI.

If you become a certified judge, you will be able to taste and judge the different flavors of steaks in the SCA competitions throughout the United States and possibly worldwide because the SCA is growing rapidly in the competition world.  The SCA organization projects over 100 plus events in 2017.  The SCA judge’s class is a hands-on class where you will learn the entire judging procedures while judging and tasting great steaks.  Oh by the way, you will also learn how to cook a competition steak in the class.  If you are a steak lover, cook, or part of a barbeque team, then this is new to the world of steak cookoffs that is meant for you.

The SCA Judges class is invaluable!!  The cost of the SCA Judge’s Class is $95/person which includes a 2-year membership.  You can sign up at Don’t forget to invite a family member or friend to come with you to be a judge too.  If you have any questions, please contact or Laurie Tweten at  Due to the growing types of competitions, the Rotary Rock-n-Ribs will be having the first SCA Steak and Wing Competition in Wisconsin on June 23, 2017 at the Oktoberfest Grounds, La Crosse WI.  If you become a certified SCA judge, you will be able to sign up for a chance to be one of the SCA judges on June 23rd at the Rotary Rock-n-Ribs SCA Steak and Wing Competitions.