Smokin Log
October 2020
Well we've had 5 successful events since returning to sanctioning. I would like to thank all of the teams that came out to support the promoters and IBCA. Congratulations to those who walked. I was out at the Dimmit County Jr Livestock Show Shootout on October 2 helping Jeff Rankin in the judging area. I enjoyed getting to see friends that I haven't seen in a very long time, some not since March. It was good to get back into the swing of things. I knew I missed being at cookoffs but didn't realize how much I missed it until I got there.

While the moratorium was a huge inconvenience and disappointment to many, I feel that we did the right thing given what was happening in many parts of the state during the summer. Many areas were experiencing huge spikes in cases and hospitals were reaching or surpassing their limits to care of their communities, and not just those with COVID-19 but other conditions. I'll be honest, I've had my doubts about our guidelines that we have in place until the White House COVID spread made the news. Unfortunately, COVID-19 isn't going away anytime soon and we don't know who has it with so many being asymptomatic. I want to thank everyone who has attended events for following the guidelines that we have in place. I, for one, am willing to put up with the inconvenience of wearing a face covering if it means we can continue with some sort of normalcy and we can continue to cook.

I also want to express my sincerest appreciation for the promoters who have done all that we have required with short notice. Thanks for continuing to allow us to be part of their event.

Lea Anne Lemon
IBCA President
Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
We are two weeks from the Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet. We are wrapping up the final details. If you are planning to attend the Awards Banquet, please purchase your tickets. We need to get a head count to the hotel. The link below will take you the IBCA website to make hotel reservations and purchase tickets.

For those who are concerned about COVID and the meeting and banquet, we will be taking temperatures as you enter the meeting room, hand sanitizer will also be available upon entry. The rooms have a maximum capacity of 520 so even with the largest attendance we've had at prior meetings/banquets, there will be plenty of room to allow for social distancing.

At the membership meeting, we will be discussing any new rules that have been presented and approved by the Board as well as any Bylaw changes that the Board has vetted to be voted on by the membership. We will also be discussing the proposal on a revised scoring system for the judging area. It's in its infancy of development so your input will be greatly beneficial as we continue to develop it.

We have several free entries to raffle as well as the Short Rib Drum Smoker and a Traeger 780 Pro Grill. This year the raffle is "you must be present to win". Free entry certificates will be mailed to the promoter with the winner's name. The winner will sign the certificate at the meeting as proof that the proper name is recorded. Any trading of free entries must be done at the meeting. Free entries are non-transferrable without prior approval from the promoter.
Nov 6-7
  • 2920 Roadhouse Rubs to Riches-Reg 2
  • 2nd Annual Bill Leo Foundation - Reg 4

Nov 13-14
  • Red Dirt BBQ Battle - Reg 5
  • Texas Citrus Fiesta Vaquero Cookoff - Reg 4
  • The Rib Roast - Reg 1
  • Tiki Hutt Cookoff - Reg 2

Nov 20-21
  • 4th Annual BBQ Showdown- Reg 3
  • Freedom is Not Free - Reg 1
  • Limestone Co Go Texas - Reg 1

Dec 4-5
  • Jason Pelton's Cookin' for Kids - Reg 2
  • Kookin for Kids Christmas - Reg 3
  • Raymondville Police Dept Cops for Tots - Reg 4
  • So Tx BBQ Emporium H3 - Reg 3
Dimmit County Jr Livestock Show BBQ Shootout - Liz Shamlian, The Saucy Secret

Piney Woods Classic - Daniel Ramirez, Coming In Hot

Rockwall Rib Rub Roll & Run - Graham Malin, Smokin Aces BBQ 2

Fall on the Frio - Chuck Long, Texas Rebel Smokehouse

Canton Main Street Autumn Festival - Scott Olson, Sonny Jim BBQ
Charles Hueber, Kerrville
Farrell Millender, Arlington
Michelle Castillo, Humble
Darla Dean, Hitchcock
Daniel Jimenez, Adkins
James Cavanagh, Mesquite
Michael Muse, Seguin
Jake Elliott, Lake Charles
Tim White, Humble