Winter Vacation in Puerto Rico and a BBQ Contest

For those of you looking for somewhere to go this winter on vacation, but would like to go somewhere you could also compete or judge a barbecue contest, check out the invitation below:


Caribbean BBQ Association

“We do it low & slow in Puerto Rico”

 Yeeee haaaaaw! What could be better than starting of the 2014 BBQ season with a bad ass BBQ competition rolled into a winter vacation in Puerto Rico? NOTHING!

Attention all KCBS BBQ Judges & BBQ competitors.  The Caribbean BBQ Association (CBBQA) would like to invite you, your team, and the whole family to come to Puerto Rico and compete in the 7th Annual Cattlemen’s Caribbean BBQ competition on February 22nd & 23rd in San Juan. FYI it’s in the mid & upper 70’s here in February and the temperature of the ocean is nearly like bath water. We have beautiful beaches, great BBQ, and NO SNOW! We’re looking for competitors and KCBS BBQ Judges and we guarantee you will have a great time.

The Cattlemen’s Caribbean BBQ is a 2-day KCBS sanctioned BBQ competition held at the beautiful San Juan Convention Center.  This is the largest BBQ competition in the Caribbean Region and the culminating BBQ event for the region each year with 50 teams coming from around the region, the world, and the US to compete.


Note: The Sheraton Hotel Convention Center has a block of rooms dedicated to the Cattlemen’s BBQ but rooms are limited so book your reservations early.  Rooms completely sold out in 2011, 2012 and 2013 weeks before the contest.  When you call tell them you are with the Cattlemen’s BBQ Group when making your reservation, $189.00 / $199.00 a night. If you book too late they may have a room but it will be at a higher rate. The hotel is located at the San Juan Convention Center and the BBQ site the hotel are 10 minutes from the airport, 5 minutes from historic Old San Juan, and a 1 minute walk to the competition site. Restaurants, casino, and every amenity you can imagine are available plus 75 sunny degrees. Great deals on hotels located just minutes away from the site can be found on line if you have tight budget.

(787) 993-3500 or 1-866-932-7269 Sheraton Hotel Reservations.

We have personal to help you locate anything that you may need to purchase, or to find any local site you may want to visit. We’re just 5 minutes from Old San Juan, one of the most beautiful old world city’s on the planet, 500 years old, and the only rain forest in this hemisphere. There is more cool stuff to do here than you can shake a stick at.

We have a team registration form and a copy of the rules waiting for you. Just visit the CBBQA web site and download a set today. The entry fee is $300.00 US and that covers both days. The registration fee also includes your 10 X 10 tent and booth space, 2 bags of natural lump charcoal, chicken thighs and wings, a brisket, 3 racks of ribs, a pork shoulder, burger buns, and ground beef for the hamburger challenge.


Contest schedule


“Ancillary Contests only”

Grand Champion/Reserve Grand Champion/ and 3rd Place cash and medals

Whole Hog/ Lechon Asado: Pig provided 80 pounds. May be cooked over charcoals, in a roaster, Caja China, smoker or other cooking device. Turn in times will be assigned to each team between 12 noon and 3 pm. When you are ready to have your pig judged notify the Head Judge and a team of judges will visit your booth and judge the pig whole and uncut. All Judges will sample and score the entry in your booth.

Buns Build a Better Burger (12:20-12:30)

Steak (1:20- 1:30)    

Frank’s Red Hot Wings of Fame (2:20-2:30)

Dessert  (3:20-3:30)  


Ancillary categories are all optional but all categories count towards the Saturday Grand Champion prizes and awards.


Sunday Slow Smoked Competition Categories & Turn in time for category

BBQ Sauce (11:00 to 11:10pm)

 Chicken: (12:00 to 12:10pm)

Pork Ribs: (1:00 to 1:10)

Pork Butt: (2:00 to 2:10)

Beef Brisket: (3:00 to 3:10pm)

Need a smoker and grill?

Option #1:

As we write this invitation we are negotiating with a national freight carrier for an ocean container to bring down your smokers. Check back with us before Christmas, but if this gets worked out you can deliver your smoker to the port in Florida where they will be loaded in our container and delivered to the competition site for you and then returned to Florida for you pick up the week following the contest.



Option #2.

We are massing a fleet of Weber 22.5” smokers just for our visitors from off of the Island. Weber Smokers 22.5”, Ugly Drum Smokers (UDS), and 55 Gal. SS drum grills are available to rent @ $100.00 US each, but in order to guarantee smokers for every team we need to have your team’s confirmation no later than January 6th 2014.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime. My contact information is: or     (787) 319-9410

Okay what are you waiting for? Book that flight and the rooms and confirm your team or your spot at the judges table. See in the dead of winter where the temp with the wind chill factor figures in is 75 degrees.

Kindest regards,

Michael A. Compton

Michael Compton

Pres. /Caribbean BBQ Association



KCBS Master Judge and Certified Table Captain Founder and CEO

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