Northeast Barbecue Society

Team of the Year Program

2017 Standings as of September 1, 2017

The Northeast Barbecue Society (NEBS) recognizes competition teams that have been top
performers throughout the barbecue season via the Team of the Year (TOY) program.  The TOY program covers three different kinds of events:

  • KCBS Sanctioned Barbecue Contests
  • NEBS 4 category Outdoor Cooking Contests
  • NEBS Tailgate Contests

A link to the full set of rules and categories may be found at the bottom of this page.

Only contests that are listed with NEBS count towards the TOY program.   Organizers can add their contests to that list, and help draw in competitors, by listing their event here.   Competitors can verify which contests are participating by checking the NEBS calendar.  Organizers can list a contest up through the day before judging, so competitors should check the calendar throughout the year to see if new events have been added.


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.  The chief cook must also register their team for participate (See below).

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.

Team Registration

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, 2017.

  • Start of the 2017 TOY Season: January 1, 2017
  • End of the 2017 TOY Season: December 31, 2017

The awards will take place at the 2018 NEBS Annual Meeting in January.

NEBS Team of the Year Rules

Full NEBS TOY rules and descriptions of the categories may be found here:

Past Results

Links to the results from prior years, starting from 2014, are available below: