In order for a competition team to have its scores count towards any of the NEBS TOY honors, the chief cook that signed the contest application for the team must be a paid member of NEBS when the contest takes place and must be present at the competition. Any scores accumulated while the listed chief cook is not a member, by a vote of the board of directors for non-payment of dues or any other reason, will not count towards NEBS TOY. If the chief cook who signed the contest application cannot attend the contest and a replacement chief cook is needed, the chief cook who signed the application may appeal to the NEBS Board of Directors for their team’s scores to count for NEBS TOY.  Please note that changes have been made to the rules for 2016 (see official rules below).

TOY scores are tied to team names and not individual chief cooks. TOY scores are not cumulative for chief cooks. A chief cook is only allowed to register one team name to count for NEBS TOY.

A chief cook must register his or her team in order for the team scores to be included in any of the 2016 NEBS TOY calculations and rankings. If a chief cook does not register their team, that team’s scores will not count towards any NEBS TOY rankings. Registration is free and only takes a couple minutes. Visit here to register: The registration deadline is September 1, 2016.

  • Start of the 2016 TOY Season: September 14, 2015 (the day after the 2015 Harvard Fall Festival).
  • End of the 2016 TOY Season: December 31, 2016.

Awards will be issued by NEBS for the following: Classic TOY, Rookie TOY, The Ken Dakai Cup, and Tailgate TOY. The awards will take place at the 2017 NEBS Annual Meeting in January.

Full NEBS TOY rules can be download below:


2015 NEBS TOY Final Results (including KDC)

The final results for the New England Barbecue Society’s 2014 Team of the Year Awards were determined on September 13th and 14th, 2014.  The official results can be viewed using the files below: