BPS teams helping kids through BBQ across America

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Simply Marvelous BBQ: ADSUM Education Foundation

Simply Marvelous BBQ is competing for ADSUM Education Foundation.

Left Coast Q: Horses Helping to Heal

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Grills Gone Wild Iowa: Kossuth County C.A.R.E. Team

"The letters in C.A.R.E. stand for Child Assistance Resource Education. They provide assistance with: Children's back to school backpacks Lovings Hands Nursery to provide daycare for an hour or two Money for medical prescriptions for children Gas money for Doctors appointments Guardian Angels Program Taco For Tots Week of YMCA Camp Clothing and beds And many other programs Their goal is to provide for children less fortunate. Grills Gone Wild Iowa chose this charity because they are locally based and they had heard about their many successes. Every year, they reach out to many children in the community, helping 907 in 2013 alone. Grills Gone Wild believes that a community that invests in families will see the reward as more children grow up to reach their full potential. "

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TippyCanoe BBQ Crew: UNI Adapted Sports Camp

Our 10 year old nephew was born with Spina Bifida and is wheelchair bound as a result. He has participated in the Adapted Sports Camps held at the University of Northern Iowa and had great experiences.

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Big T'z Q Cru: Raising Readers

Their mission is to "improve language and literacy development in children from birth to age 8 and nurture healthy parent-child relationships." They provide free books to all children of of need in our area, and provide programs to enrich the literacy development of young children throughout the region. As a parent and former educator, I understand how crucial early language development is for all children. That is why I have chosen them to be the benefactor of any BPS Elite TOY awards we receive.

Lucky's Q: Children's Cancer Connection out of Des Moines

Iowa's Smokey D's BBQ: JDRF of Greater Iowa

JDRF is a very special charity to us. Our daughter Haley was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at the age of 11 and through the help of JDRF and it?s efforts she?s now 22 yrs old and lives a normal life. We strive to find a cure for this disease that effects millions of people every year. JDRF not only provides money for research, but also helps with support of newly diagnosed kids and their families.

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Little Pig Town: Bit By Bit

Since opening in 1997, Bit by Bit has been and continues to be Northeast Oklahoma's premier therapeutic riding program. Founded by Linda Barron and originally located on the campus of Rogers State University in Claremore, Bit by Bit began as a way to make a difference in the lives of individuals with special needs through equine therapy. Over the years, the program has relocated to Oologah and expanded to serve over 70 students, offering therapeutic riding lessons to children living with a variety of special needs. One thing hasn't changed: the commitment to making a difference in riders' lives. This is possible thanks to over 150 volunteers, nearly 20 horses, and generous support from donors. Together, we make strides for those with special needs!

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Gilly's BBQ: St. John's Children's Hospital

The reason I like St. John's Children's Hospital is because it is in my community and you can visit and see the real things that are happening right now and I was born there. They are in constant need of small things in the playroom that make a child smile and feel more at home. I hope I can have success with the elite team to help provide these things.

Swiggin' Pig: Variety Children's Charities of Memphis

Swiggin' Pig has chosen Variety Children's Charities of Memphis because of their efforts in helping children all over the mid south and also for supporting BBQ.

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3 Eyz BBQ: Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation

We are competing for Believe in Tomorrow's Children's Foundation. A good friend of ours and a fantastic cook in his own right, Dillon Booth, has had some struggles through life. This is one of the foundations that has helped him and his family, so we are honored at the chance to give back through the BPS Elite program.

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Yellow River BBQ: Riley's Children Foundation

Yellow River BBQ is a husband & wife team (Jeff & Shelly Sharp) based out of Plymouth, Indiana. They are competing for Riley's Children Foundation out of Indianapolis, IL. They cook solely on a Jambo Enclosed model, and are currently ranked 7th in the nation in KCBS. We are thrilled to have them as part of the 2015 King of the Smoker Team Roster.!

Overall

Team Name

Score

IOWA'S SMOKEY D'S BBQ15 2714
LUCKY'S Q 2638
3 EYZ BBQ15 2357
Yellow River BBQ 2094
SWIGGIN PIG15 2056
WARREN COUNTY PORK CHOPPERS 1731
SIMPLY MARVELOUS BBQ15 1427
BIG T'Z Q CRU 1396
LEFT COAST Q15 1095
LITTLE PIG TOWN BBQ 985
GRILLS GONE WILD IOWA15 739
PIG SKIN BBQ 650
GILLYS BBQ15 383
TIPPYCANOE BBQ CREW 110

Chicken

Team Name

Score

IOWA'S SMOKEY D'S BBQ 2520
3 EYZ BBQ 1937
LUCKY'S Q 1818
Yellow River BBQ 1773
BIG T'Z Q CRU 1481
SWIGGIN PIG 1427
LEFT COAST Q 1185
SIMPLY MARVELOUS BBQ 1179
WARREN COUNTY PORK CHOPPERS 1011
GRILLS GONE WILD IOWA 859
LITTLE PIG TOWN BBQ 730
PIG SKIN BBQ 545
GILLYS BBQ 288
TIPPYCANOE BBQ CREW 255

Ribs

Team Name

Score

IOWA'S SMOKEY D'S BBQ 2486
SWIGGIN PIG 1981
3 EYZ BBQ 1927
WARREN COUNTY PORK CHOPPERS 1661
Yellow River BBQ 1578
SIMPLY MARVELOUS BBQ 1522
LUCKY'S Q 1500
LEFT COAST Q 1225
BIG T'Z Q CRU 1196
GRILLS GONE WILD IOWA 729
LITTLE PIG TOWN BBQ 675
GILLYS BBQ 368
PIG SKIN BBQ 240
TIPPYCANOE BBQ CREW 55

Pork

Team Name

Score

IOWA'S SMOKEY D'S BBQ 2272
LUCKY'S Q 2077
3 EYZ BBQ 1987
SWIGGIN PIG 1561
Yellow River BBQ 1536
WARREN COUNTY PORK CHOPPERS 1316
SIMPLY MARVELOUS BBQ 1212
BIG T'Z Q CRU 961
LEFT COAST Q 845
PIG SKIN BBQ 780
LITTLE PIG TOWN BBQ 755
GRILLS GONE WILD IOWA 564
GILLYS BBQ 438
TIPPYCANOE BBQ CREW 80

Brisket

Team Name

Score

LUCKY'S Q 2709
IOWA'S SMOKEY D'S BBQ 2676
Yellow River BBQ 2376
SWIGGIN PIG 2261
3 EYZ BBQ 1927
SIMPLY MARVELOUS BBQ 1317
BIG T'Z Q CRU 1181
WARREN COUNTY PORK CHOPPERS 1141
PIG SKIN BBQ 740
LEFT COAST Q 735
LITTLE PIG TOWN BBQ 725
GRILLS GONE WILD IOWA 564
GILLYS BBQ 218
TIPPYCANOE BBQ CREW 125

About

The BPS Elite Team is a brand ambassador program that is based off of three things: BBQ, camaraderie, and children's charities.

With the number of top BBQ cooks switching to Big Poppa's rubs, Sterling Ball (aka Big Poppa) felt the need to make the collaboration official during the start of the 2013 BBQ competition season. This is not the typical endorsement deal: the BPS Elite Program is considered a relationship first and a sponsorship second. Each team is comprised of great pit masters and competitors; there are no contracts or payouts involved with these teams.

Through their mutual love of BBQ, Big Poppa and the BPS Elite Teams are also dedicated to bettering the lives of children in their own communities. From coast to coast, each BPS Elite team has chosen a children's charity to compete for. Starting with $1,000 from Big Poppa, each team also has the potential to win an extra $5,000 for taking, "Overall GC," at the end of the season. They can also win an extra $2,500 for first place in any of the four meat categories at the end of the season. All points are tallied in early January, and Big Poppa Smokers puts up the money as part of the sponsorship program; issuing the donations on behalf of the Elite Teams.

With each team competing for the top spot, all points are tallied using KCBS standings, and are updated weekly on the BPS Elite points race website at http://elite.bigpoppasmokers.com/. Each team must also have certain credentials to participate in this program, including but not limited to: using at least two BPS rubs in their recipes, geographical coverage, and willingness to talk about which rubs they use for competition. Outside of being one of the nicest groups of people you will ever meet, the BPS Elite teams have been earning multiple GCs, RGCs, 180 scores, and category firsts across America.

Stop by and say hello if you happen to see a BPS Elite EZ-Up or Trailer at your next BBQ competition, and be sure to ask the team which charity they're competing for!

Contact

If you have questions about the BPS Elite Program, feel free to contact us at customerservice@bigpoppasmokers.com