About

The Cooking for Kids program is a Big Poppa Smokers sponsored points race where top BBQ teams from across the nation compete to raise over $33,000 dollars for children’s charities. Each team competes for a local children’s charity of their choosing and each of them are guaranteed at least $1,000 to donate at the end of the year. From there, teams can earn more funds for their charity by winning GC, RGC, category 1st or 2nd in the Cooking for Kids points race. From pediatric cancer research to equine therapy for children with special needs, the Cooking for Kids team represents the good that BBQ can do in local communities.

Charities

  • Beau’s Beautiful Blessings

    Beau’s Beautiful Blessings educates and creates awareness about epilepsy, brain abnormalities and intellectual disabilities as well as helps those who may suffer. Beau’s beautiful Blessings provides families with financial support for medical equipment, many medically necessary needs and offers special needs camp scholarships to those who may need it.

  • Bit by Bit Oologah, OK

    Bit by Bit offers a therapeutic horseback riding program for children with special needs. Certified professional instructors, trained volunteers, and skilled horses work with students to achieve individual goals. The goal is to provide the student with a safe and regularly scheduled equine experience. During the program, students form a unique bond with the horses that often leads to an increase in confidence, patience, and self-esteem.

  • Caped KIDsaders Children’s Hospital Foundation

    Caped KIDsaders Children’s Hospital Foundation creates an uplifting and inspiring experience for kids admitted to children’s hospitals through storytelling and by encouraging kids to wear capes (capes are provided) to psychologically create an atmosphere that is free of fear and full of hope. Casped KIDSaders hopes to provide children in hospitals with extraordinary experiences during their stays.

  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo County

    The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo County is dedicated to promoting awareness and providing resources for children and families affected by abuse and neglect. The Children’s Advocacy Center believes that no child should be subject to abuse or emotional trauma. Their mission is to reduce the emotional trauma of child abuse victims by facilitating a multidisciplinary team approach. This approach supports the prevention of child abuse through community education and promotes the effective prosecution of those who perpetrate crimes against children.

  • Crisis Nursery of Wright County

    The Crisis Nursery of Wright County offers mental health services for families struggling with a child’s mental health issues. The services include diagnostic assessments, individual and family therapy, and children’s therapeutic services and support. The services are are no cost, confidential, and non-judgemental. The Crisis Nursery is here to provide local families with the support and resources they need.

  • Grace’s Place Crisis Nursery

    Grace’s Place Crisis Nursery offers loving and safe environment for children and families in crisis by providing a temporary emergency shelter. During their stay, families receive living essentials such as clothes, bedding, shoes, toiletries and more. Grace’s Place also offers personalized case management services for families including applicable resources for their current situation and future referrals that will strengthen their safety net as they transition out of operating in a crisis state.

  • Journey 4 a Cure

    Journey 4 A Cure is a Pediatric Cancer Foundation committed to finding ways to fund research for pediatric cancer and increase awareness about the realities of pediatric cancer as well as enhance the life’s of children battling cancer. Journey 4 A Cure raises money to create awareness, fund research and help families battling pediatric cancer.

  • Pinky Swear Foundation

    Pinky Swear includes a group of Des Moines-based fundraisers and change makers working to support kids with cancer and their families. Their mission is to help kids with cancer and the families with financial and emotional support. The Pinky Swear foundation is making a change in the life’s of many families with incredible support programs like All-Star Weekends, which allows the family to take a hiatus from the hospital and the worry that goes along with having a child with cancer with a weekend getaway.

  • PlaySmart

    Playsmart is a non-profit organization that helps underserved middle school students realize their academic and life potencial through sports. Playsmart offers a varity of programs that youth can take advantage of to grow their leadership skills, improve academic achievements, participate in sporting events and recieve a mentor. Playsmart is making an impact in the life’s of kid’s all across Nebraska.

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois

    Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois provides a supportive place for families to stay while their child is receiving medical care. The Ronald McDonald House Charities believes that families are stronger when together, for this reason, Ronald McDonald House Charities provides families with a place to stay as well as create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.

  • The Children’s Heart Foundation

    Motivated by the needs of children affected with a congenital heart defect, the goal of The Children’s Heart Foundation is to bring health, hope and happiness to children impacted by congenital heart defects, the number one birth defect in the United States. The Children’s Heart Foundation funds the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. The Children’s Charity Foundation is the country’s leading organization solely dedicated to funding congenital heart defect research.

  • The Izzy Project

    The Izzy Project is an anti-bullying campaign that raises awareness on the dangers of bullying to local schools. The Izzy project discusses difficult subjects such as suicide, in memory of Isabella Scott, to hope to one day bring an end to bullying.

Teams

  • David & Christine Qualls, from Tecumseh, Oklahoma compete as The American Dream BBQ Team. They enjoy the competitive BBQ circuit and the friends they have made chasing this passion of competitive BBQ. The “Dream Team” finished the 2015 Season as the KCBS Reserve Grand Champion for the Team of The Year. Having finished their 6th year of competitive BBQ, they have competed in 181 Contests and have earned 29 Grand Championships, 15 Reserve Grand Championships, as well as numerous first place category, Perfect category 180 scores, and 700+ Overall scores to date. The American Dream BBQ Team will be raising money for Caped KIDsaders Children’s Hospital Foundation.

  • Self-taught pitmaster of the Burnt Bean Co. Ernest Servantes, in his 10 years competing he is a 40-time Grand Champion and reserve grand champion on the competition circuit. 100’s of top ten awards Grand Champion of the San Antonio Rodeo Cookoff Ernest has appeared on BBQ Pitmasters, BBQ Pitmaster Allstars, BBQ Pitwars has won the food network Chopped: Grill Masters. Burnt Bean Company will be raising money for The Izzy Project.

  • As the only BBQ team to complete the “Grand Slam” of BBQ Competitions, Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ has won the 2013 American Royal Open, 2013 Kingsford Invitational, 2014 King of the Smoker Invitational, 2014 Jack Daniels World Championship, 2016 Sam’s Club National Championship, 2016 American Royal Open, and 2017 Houston Livestock and Rodeo (please feel free to correct us if we forgot a few) – on top of dozens of other grand championships and category 1sts – and while running a successful restaurant and catering business! We’re happy to have Iowa’s Smokey D’s as one of our Cooking for Kids BBQ teams. They’ll be competing to raise money for their selected charity Pinky Swear Foundations, Des Moines IA.

  • A family team consisting of Scot, Rocky, & Bailey Kee. Just to name some accomplishments: Little Pig town were the 2016 King of the Smoker GC and also won the 2016 Kansas Smithfield Guinea Pig Contest. Little Pig town will be raising money for Bit by Bit Oologah, OK.

  • Lucky’s Q consists of head cook Justin McGlaun, his wife Kate and their two children, Gavin and Ava. They are based out of the small town of Waverly located in NE Iowa. The team was established in 2010 when Justin decided to build a smoker out of a 55 gallon air compressor tank.These days, his Stump’s “Stretch” and Gateway Drum’s (along with some BPS and Simply Marvelous Rubs) have since taken its place and he has had no regrets. Some of Lucky’s Q’s major accomplishments for their time out on the trail include: 2012 Sam’s Club National Grand Champion, 2016 King of the Smoker Grand Champion, 2016 KCBS TOY 2nd Place Brisket, 2017 KCBS TOY 2nd Place Chicken and 6th Place Overall at the 2017 Jack Daniel’s World Championship. They’ve racked up 18 GC’s, 17 RGC’s, have over 100 Top Ten Overall finishes, numerous 180’s, a handful of perfect perfect’s and many 700+ scores. Lucky’s Q will be raising money for Beau’s Beautiful Blessings, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

  • Winner of multiple grand championships, reserve grand championships, and many other awards, Old Virginia Smoke is the 2017 KCBS Chicken Team of the Year, and 2016 World Barbecue Champion, winning that title at the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama. Pitmaster Luke Darnell and his wife, Kim, aka “The Lil’ General,” compete all around the country, enjoy having a good time and love to meet as many people in the BBQ community as possible. Luke and Kim reside in Bristow, Virginia. With that being said, Old Virginia Smoker has chosen to raise money for their local charity Journey 4 a Cure in Broadlands, VA.

  • Steve Hayden formed one2bbq in 2009 and has been competing ever since. One2bbq has competed in over 175 competitions to date. They have won 50 combined Grand and Reserve Grand Championships, including 1st place pork at the 2017 American Royal Invitational. One2bbq will be raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois.

  • Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, the Porky Butts BBQ team was formed in 2013. In a few short years, Blane Hunter and his crew won the title of 2016 KCBS Team of the Year, 2016 Rib Team of the Year, and most recently, the 2017 Grand Champion title at the American Royal Open and the Grand Championship title at the 2017 Smithfield King of the Smoker! Porky Butts BBQ Team will be raising money for PlaySmart.

  • Fred Robles started cooking in 2013, and was hooked ever since. His team has won close to 50 GC’s, multiple RGC’s, and numerous 1st place walks in each category. As the 2016 and 2017 Team of the year in IBCA, they also won 1st in the Texas BBQ Points Chase in both 2016 and 2017. Fun fact: In 2016, Fred qualified as an “automatic” into the Jack Daniels BBQ World Championship — the 4th person in the history of the event to be an “auto” from the state of Texas! Rio Valley Meat BBQ Team will be raising more for their selected charity Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo County.

  • Fronted by their larger than life head chef Tim Scheer, Shake ‘n Bake BBQ has been cranking out competition winning que since 2009. Along with his boss and CEO Terri and their three girls Tatum (9), Taylor (8) and Tenley (5), Tim ranges from his home base in New Haven, Missouri traveling the country doing over 35 competitions a year. Tim has won dozens of Grand and Reserve Grand Championships including the 2016 American Royal and King of the Smoker Reserve Champion and is the reigning 2015 Kansas City BBQ Society’s Rib Team of the Year, 2016 Pork Team of the Year, and were ranked the #2 team in America in 2017. Shake’N Bake’s is raising money for Grace’s Place Crisis Nursery.

  • This MN team was born in 2008 with lead cook Jeff Vanderline’s two best friends, Derek Schansberg and Ted Moonen. Just four short years later they became the World Champions. They have won many Grand Championships and Reserve Grand Championships throughout the US and even Puerto Rico. Some of their biggest accomplishments include: The American Royal, top finishes at the Jack Daniels World Championship, top finishes at the Houston Livestock & Rodeo, multiple Minnesota BBQ Team of the Year wins and the 2017 King of the Smoker Reserve Grand Champs. We’re glad to have Shiggin’ & Grinnin’ in our Cooking 4 Kids points race. Shiggin’ & Grinnin’ will be raising money for the Crisis Nursery of Wright County.

  • Head pitmaster Donny Bray and his family are well known for their accomplishments on the BBQ circuit and for their tell-all BBQ cooking classes. With over 83 top 10 finishes, 40 grand championships, and 35 reserve grand titles – we are thrilled to have Warren County Pork Choppers in our Cooking 4 Kids program. Warren County Pork Choppers will be raising money for The Children’s Heart Foundation.

Standings

Overall
1Rio Valley Meat23200
2Iowa's Smokey D's BBQ22555
3Shake N' Bake18800
4Shiggin and Grinnin'16800
5One2BBQ12925
6Lucky's Q10840
7Old Virginia Smoke10680
8The American Dream BBQ Team9695
9Burnt Bean9580
10PorkyButts BBQ6100
11Warren County500
12Little Pig Town---
Chicken
1Smokey D's BBQ17140
2Shake N' Bake12840
3Rio Valley Meat11530
4Old Virginia Smoke7220
5One2BBQ7100
6Shiggin and Grinnin'6570
7Lucky's Q6010
8PorkyButts BBQ4805
9The American Dream BBQ Team4800
10Burnt Bean4000
11Little Pig Town---
12Warren County---
Ribs
1Smokey D's BBQ15170
2Shake N' Bake13360
3Rio Valley Meat10400
4Old Virginia Smoke9700
5Shiggin and Grinnin'8850
6Burnt Bean8600
7One2BBQ8375
8Lucky's Q5180
9PorkyButts BBQ4830
10The American Dream BBQ Team3720
11Warren County600
12Little Pig Town---
Pork
1Shiggin and Grinnin'12360
2Smokey D's BBQ10750
3Shake N' Bake7400
4The American Dream BBQ Team7370
5One2BBQ6900
6Old Virginia Smoke6090
7PorkyButts BBQ4000
8Lucky's Q3720
9Rio Valley Meat3580
10Warren County800
11Little Pig Town375
12Burnt Bean---
Brisket
1Rio Valley Meat15800
2Smokey D's BBQ14785
3Shiggin and Grinnin'13180
4Lucky's Q9615
5One2BBQ8675
6Shake N' Bake8055
7The American Dream BBQ Team8055
8Burnt Bean7300
9Old Virginia Smoke6640
10PorkyButts BBQ5025
11Warren County100
12Little Pig Town---

Videos

  • Smokey D’s Chicken

    Darren Warth of Iowa’s Smokey D’s gives us a little insight on his BBQ chicken game.

  • Smokey D’s brisket and ribs

    Darren Warth of Iowa’s Smokey D’s show us how he approaches smoking his brisket and ribs at competition.

  • Shake n bake spare ribs

    Tim Sheer of Shake & Bake BBQ tells us why he prefers spare ribs over baby back for competition BBQ and how to cook them the right way.

  • Lucky’s Q BPS Elite Interview

    Big Poppa Smokers Cooking for Kid’s team member, Justin McGlaun of Lucky’s Q, talks about the advantages of being an Elite Team Member, the children’s charity he is cooking for, and his favorite BBQ rubs for competition and in the kitchen. Fun Fact: The BPS Elite Team used to be the name of the Children’s Charities: Cooking for Kids program.

  • 2016 King of the Smoker

    Highlights of the 2016 Smithfield King of the Smoker BBQ Contest featuring the top pitmasters in the nation. Sponsored by Smithfield Foods, Big Poppa Smokers, Snake River Farms, & Grizzly Coolers. Hosted in Rancho Mirage, CA at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa.

  • 2017 King of the Smoker

    SMITHFIELD KING OF THE SMOKER BBQ INVITATIONAL: 25 of World’s Top BBQ Pit Masters Come to Rancho Mirage, CA to Compete Head-to-Head for $75,000.

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