What free items are included?
Every membership from 2021 on will include a FREE GBC t-shirt designed specifically for that season. In order to make the cut for the first round of t-shirt prints in each season you must make your membership purchase prior to July 1st of each season. After that, you will be included in the 2nd round of t-shirt prints in the end of the year (usually around Christmas time).
Beginning in 2021, each membership costing $35 is granted a FREE t-shirt. Each membership costing $50 is granted TWO FREE t-shirts. Additional t-shirts may be purchased on our website (additional $15) and will be included in the appropriate batch of printed and shipped t-shirts according to when the purchase was made.
There are no additional free items given at this time, but as we add them, we will let our members know.
The Georgia BBQ Championship is a non-profit organization that serves KCBS competition organizers in Georgia. We provide a framework for competition on the state level not currently available within KCBS. By joining together, the GBC enables organizers, cooks and judges to elevate the prestige and financial value of participating in the highest level of competition BBQ in our state. To event organizers, this translates to more team signups, for cook teams the GBC provides a yearly points race with additional cash prizes, and for judges it means the opportunity to participate in an unifying organization that caters to those who follow the BBQ circuit in Georgia.
Unlike the KCBS Team of the Year program, GBC does not award bonus points for larger contests, therefore all events are equal within the GBC. The Board of Directors carefully reviews the dates and locations of each event that applies to become a GBC qualifier to ensure that our contests are not competing with each other for teams. Our purpose is to help all of our members enjoy successful events through cooperation, information sharing and multiplication of efforts.
If you are a friend of the GBC but are not currently on a cook team, or a judge, then click below to show your support for the GBC and our efforts!
For Cook Teams!
Beginning with the 2018 season, GBC membership will be required for cook teams to be eligible to win Georgia BBQ Championship cash prizes and trophies.
This change reflects the increased representation of cooks on the GBC Board of Directors and the desire of many cook teams to become more involved with and responsible for steering the direction of the GBC. When you become a member of the GBC, you are actively supporting competition BBQ in Georgia. This means much more than the opportunity for additional prize money, it also means:
Encouraging more contests to become GBC Qualifiers
Enabling the GBC to donate to important charities operating in our state
Support for a potential GBC scholarship program
The opportunity to attend our Georgia Champions Cook School to learn from past GBC winners
A voice in the structure of the GBC ranking system and prize payouts
Sharing of knowledge and resources with other GBC members
Remember, only by maintaining an active GBC membership will you be included in the points calculations of the GBC Tour for that season. Team memberships are only available for purchase from January 1st - July 1st of each season as a way to keep track of those members eligible for the points race. You may still purchase other memberships after the deadline for teams, but you will not be included in the points calculations unless you purchase a membership prior to the deadline each season.
Click below to purchase your annual membership for either Pro division, Backyard division, or Kids Que division cook teams!
For Certified BBQ Judges!
The Georgia BBQ Championship recognizes that maintaining an ample pool of high quality judges is a crucial component to producing a successful BBQ competition. The GBC is much more than a points race for cooks teams, we are committed to growing opportunities for everyone involved in our sport. We began with a judge advocate position on our Board of Directors, and we listened! You told us about the issues that are important to CBJs: better communication from organizers, more opportunities to participate, help finding a team to cook with for Master certification, better GBC merchandise and more.
When you join the Georgia BBQ Championship, you become part of the effort to grow and improve competitive BBQ in our state. Together, what we can accomplish is only limited by the imagination and energy of our members, so become part of our family today and help us take the GBC to the next level!
If you are a CBJ and would like to show your support and assistance to GBC members, contests, etc then click below!
For contest organizers!
Each participating event pays a fee to the GBC and receives the following benefits in return:
Inclusion in the Georgia BBQ Championship Tour as a qualifying contest
Promotion on the GBC website, Facebook & social media properties
Access to special organizers round tables and education sessions
The opportunity to cook with a leading team at another GBC qualifying event
Sharing of knowledge and resources with other GBC contest organizers
Contest applications are still being accepted for the 2021 season. Please download an application here and mail it along with your sanctioning fee to the address listed, or email your copy here and request to be invoiced for your sanctioning fee.