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Posted by Bob on March 03, 2015 at 17:42:45:

In Reply to: Re: The REAL story. Maybe. posted by Ray Basso on March 03, 2015 at 13:43:35:

The Kansas City Barbeque Society

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"So that truth, justice, excellence in Barbeque and the American Way of LIfe may be strengthened and preserved forever....."

Those are the fundamental words in our BBQ oath at KCBS, a nonprofit organization that is fueled by the passion of tens of thousands of members, judges, teams, volunteers, contest organizers and sponsors throughout America and the world.

So yes, it saddens us that last weekend in Daphne, Alabama, our love of BBQ and commitment to sanctioning top-notch competitions for the past 29 years got mired up in some contest confusion, and a temporary decision that led to a quick fire of controversy.

Before we explain what happened, let us make a few things very clear:

- KCBS is as red-blooded as any American
- We not only believe in the American way of life, and the flag we all love so dear, but we built its motto into our oath
- We believe in great BBQ, apple pie and the Pledge of Allegiance
- We even believe in occasionally grilling vegetarian food (because it makes a great complement to BBQ)
- We fly American flags proudly, as well as KCBS and BBQ flags (we hope you see them everywhere)
- We believe in helping others
- We believe in feeding the hungry (just in the past 12 months, we have donated 115,000 meals to food banks)
- We believe in helping dozens of charities (in fact, we have donated over $100,000 in grants, and we are connected to more than 300 community charities in 2015 alone)
- And we love cities like Daphne, Alabama, where the only thing stronger than BBQ smoke is American pride.

So in the famous words of the great American Paul Harvey, here's the "rest of the story."

KCBS has sanctioned more than 5,000 contests throughout America in the past 29 years. And as any contest organizer will tell you, there's a lot of paperwork to pulling off a contest. From health inspections to permits, sign ordinances to vending restrictions, there's almost as many different rules as there are contests because local ordinances have the ultimate say (and trust us, we wish there was only ONE rule or ONE ruling body that controlled this throughout the nation).

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