Christopher Clegg

Pitmaster, Rhode Hog BBQ KCBS CBJ NEBS Treasurer

Feb 232017

It’s on! Are you ready?

The NEBS 2017 Team of the Year program has been announced. The NEBS Classic (KCBS), Ken Dakai Cup (NEBS contests), Tailgate, and Rookie Team of the Year races are all back for 2017. Don’t forget that competitors must register their teams every year to participate. It’s free for NEBS members! Check out the NEBS TOY page for more details and a link to this year’s registration page.

Feb 032017

The 2017 season is getting underway. Watch this space for exciting contest announcements!

First out of the gate, the Great Maine Barbecue Challenge – now at a closer location and with a combined NEBS/KCBS prize pool for $20,000. The second year event had great reviews it’s first time out. Applications will open up shortly.

Great Maine Barbecue Challenge

Jan 242017

There have been a couple of recent changes to this website:

  1. NEBS Event Listings for contest organizers have been turned back on.  The event listings are now part of the NEBS store, and use the same shopping cart mechanism for requesting a listing.  Look here for details.
  2. We have implemented new membership management software on the site.  Members with family memberships can now designate and manage the second membership directly through the site.   Members can also see their renewal date and membership status.

We are still making some additional changes to these features.   Please send questions or feedback to

Jan 192017

The final results for the NEBS 2016 Team of the Year program have been posted.  Congratulations to everyone that made the top 5.

Insane Swine BBQ was the Overall Grand Champion for the NEBS Classic TOY, and The Basic BBQ Team was the reserve.   Paddy Mc’Qs won Rookie Team of the Year, and A Mazie Q captured the Ken Dakai Cup for the second year in a row.     Boo Boo Qued was reserve for the cup, and also was our Tailgate grand champion.

For the complete list of results, look here.

Dec 282016

It’s time for the NEBS Annual Banquet and we’d love to see you there!! Come join us at 12 PM on January 7th at the Maynard Rod & Gun Club! We’ll be announcing the 2017 board of directors as well as hosting the NEBS TOY awards. Oh, and did we mention there will be raffles and silent auctions?! And in case you get hungry, there will be some hearty Italian food as a thank you to our members for a great year!

New for this year, this will be a catered event! To help us ensure there is enough food for all, please RSVP via our Facebook event or sign up here: Banquet Sign Up. It’s free for NEBS Members, Friends, and Families.

See the NEBS Calendar for directions.

Nov 032016

Mark your calendars and please join us to help celebrate the holidays on Saturday, Dec 10th at 2PM at the Maynard Rod & Gun Club in Maynard, MA.

Our annual meeting will be on Saturday January 7th, so “Save The Date”

Details to follow!

Oct 182016

The NEBS 2016 competition season was fun and full of surprises. The final Team of the Year awards will be announced at our annual meeting in January. Watch this space for updates.

The results of the last three listed events for this year are:

Red, White, and Que – Cresskill, NJ: With echos of the win at the Great Maine Barbecue Challenge, Insane Swine BBQ had a dominant GC win with a 1st in Chicken, Ribs, and Pork. The Reserve Grand was also a NEBS team with Smokin’ Hoggz BBQ taking the honor.

Riverside Blues, Brews, and BBQ – Greenfield, MA: Smokin’ Hoggz BBQ was back on top taking the GC in Greenfield, with Que Biz getting the reserve in the KCBS event. Boo Boo Qued grabbed the Grand for the NEBS cooking contest, with Paddy McQ’s taking the Reserve.

Jack Daniel’s Smoke on the Water New Jersey State Barbecue Championship – Atlantic City, NJ: The great thing about BBQ is it’s a meritocracy. No matter who you are, you have to perform to win. This contest, though, was the one time teams should have gotten participation trophies just for finishing. The remains of Hurricane Matthew brought heavy rains and winds topping 50 mph during turn-ins. Seven of the 55 teams that started the contest didn’t complete it. Despite the conditions, for the third NEBS event in a row the GC winner Blazin’ Butts BBQ won with three first place finishes (Ribs, Pork, and Brisket) with the RGC going to the BBQ Guru. Blazin’ Butts also scored an amazing 704, which is (as far as we know) the first time that’s been done in the Northeast. They join Insane Swine BBQ and Smokin’ Hoggz BBQ as the only NEBS teams that are in the KCBS 700 Club.

Update: Blazin’ Buttz BBQ is the first team to score over 700 in a northeast contest since KCBS created the 700 Club online in 2013, but KCBS online records don’t stretch back to the early days of NEBS. At least iQue and I Smell Smoke!!! have done it before, and more than once. There could be other teams as well, looking into it.

Oct 072016

As we had into the last weekend of NEBS contests for 2016, with listed events running in Greenfield, MA and Atlantic City, NJ, we have updated the TOY race documents. Some of the races are tightly contested and will be decided this weekend. Best of luck to all the competitors!

Look here for the latest Team of the Year status.

Red, White, and Que in Cresskill, NJ was added as a list minute addition as a NEBS listed event. Congratulations to Insane Swine BBQ on the GC, and Smokin Hoggz on the RGC.

Sep 122016

Aug 19th: Hudson Valley Ribfest – NEBS, Kid’s Q, KCBS

Smoking Boys and Hot Grills from Canada won this 52 team event, with Ack-Que earning the RC spot.  Since Smoking Boys and Hot Grills is an international team, Ack-Que from CT earns a spot in the 2017 Jack Daniel’s Invitational draw.

Got Pork? Got Milk? brought home the victory for the Kid’s Q event, followed by Holihan’s Beer Me BBQ Jr.

Good Smoke BBQ was the GC for the NEBS 4 category event, and The Outlaw BBQ NY took the RGC.


Aug 28th: Otter River BBQ Cookoff – NEBS Tailgate and Junior Q

Smoke Master General took home the GC for the tailgate event, and Boo Boo Qued was the RGC.


Sept 2nd: Finger Lakes Fire and Smoke BBQ Festival – NEBS, KCBS

Good Smoke was the GC, and Slippery Pete’s the RGC for KCBS.

Priorville won the NEBS event, with Good Smoke in second.


Sept 9th: Great Maine Barbecue Challenge – NEBS, KCBS

The Basic BBQ Team took first in this first year event, followed by Smokin’ Hoggz BBQ in second for KCBS.

A Mazie Q was the GC for the NEBS event, and Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em was the RGC.

Aug 172016

August 6th: The Krazy Days Tailgate contest in Middleborough, MA was won by C.O.S. BBQ, with second going to Boo Boo Qued.

August 14th: The Best BBQ Chef KCBS contest in New London, CT saw Four Smoking Guys take the GC, and Rhode Hog BBQ was the RGC.

Bear’s Smokehouse New England BBQ Championships (Hartford, CT on Sept 3rd and 4th) and the Great Maine BBQ Challenge (Southwest Harbor Maine on Sept 9th-11th) are still looking for teams.   Click on the links to check out the details.

NEBS has added a Junior-Q Contest to the Otter River Cookoff, on August 28, 2017 at the Otter River Sportsman’s Club in Templeton, MA.

Children aged 16 and under are welcome to enter. Entry fee is $10 per person and all entry fees will go back to the kids as prizes.

This will be a single category event, and the category will be Chicken.

Any meat of the chicken will be allowed including, but not limited to: Wings, Breast, Whole Legs, Thighs, Drumsticks, or any combination thereof. Organ meats or gizzards are NOT allowed.
The winner of this contest will receive a free admission to the 2017 World Junior BBQ Championship Cooking Contest in Lake Placid, NY.

See the events page for entry forms and Cook’s Packet with full details.


Aug 122016

The following NEBS teams have been invited to the 2016 Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue:

Can U Smell My Pits BBQ
Good Smoke BBQ
Insane Swine BBQ
Pork Butt Paradise
Q Haven BBQ
Smokin’ Hoggz BBQ
The Basic BBQ Team

In order to qualify, teams had to be Grand Champions of a State Championship, and (for most) be drawn by lottery by Jack Daniels.   Congratulations to all of them, and good luck representing the northeast in Lynchburg.


This list includes only teams registered for the NEBS Team of the Year race.  There are some other non-NEBS TOY northeast teams also headed to The Jack.