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Sam’s Club Crowns National BBQ Tour Champion

Bentonville, Ark., Oct. 21, 2013 – Killer B’s BBQ, a competitive barbecue team from Evans, Ga., beat out 49 other teams to be named the overall champion of the third annual Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour. The champions will take home a prize of $50,000.

“It’s definitely an honor to be named the winner out of 50 of the country’s greatest BBQ competitors,” said Jan Burg, who competes with her husband Jim as half of the Killer B’s BBQ team. “We’re thankful to Sam’s Club and KCBS for bringing us together as well as stocking the quality meats, spices and supplies our team could always depend on throughout the tour.”

Introduced in 2011 as the country’s only continuous competitive barbecue series with the largest prize purse in the history of competitive barbecue, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour has distributed more than $1 million in prizes since its inception. All events are sanctioned and scored by Master Judges certified by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS).

“Sam’s Club is proud to celebrate small business restaurateurs, caterers and competitive barbecue hobbyists that participate in the BBQ Tour for the past three years,” said Shawn Baldwin, senior vice president of Food and Beverage at Sam’s Club. “The Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour brings the best, most passionate pitmasters and sponsors together to inspire and educate anyone who wants to be a better backyard griller.”

Killer B’s BBQdrove 864 miles from their hometown of Evans, Ga., to attend the finals. Fifty teams from 26 states traveled a collective 154,244 miles to Bentonville, Ark., for the championship culmination of the 31-event tour. Killer B’s qualified for the National Championship at their local competition in Charleston, N.C., and the regional competition in Hendersonville, Tenn.  

Jim and Jan Burg have been married for 17 years and have been on the competitive barbecue circuit for the past three. Jan is also the owner of a sandwich shop in Augusta and says she shops for business and home needs at Sam’s Club nearly every day for supplies.

Iowa Smokey D’s barbecue team of Des Moines, Iowa, took home $25,000 as Reserve Grand Champion of the competition, and Pigskin BBQ of Rockwell, Iowa, took third place overall. Awards were also granted in the categories of chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.

Sam’s Club offers members a 200% guarantee every day on all fresh meats, so professional and budding barbecue grillers can test their skills and flavors with confidence in the quality of their meats. Sam’s Club offers several hand-cut fresh meat varieties and large packs at a members-only value. If a member is not satisfied with their fresh purchase from Sam’s Club, they can return the item for double the money back.

To learn more about the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour, visit or

About Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation’s eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across the U.S. As the official supplier of KCBS, Sam’s Club is the ‘choice’ destination for the highest quality meats and ingredients for backyard grillers, restaurateurs and the more than 750 professional teams who have competed in the 2013 Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour.  Members save an average of 33 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made Simple®, visit, and look for Sam’s Club on TwitterFacebook and our Mobile and iPad® App.

About KCBS

With more than 15,000 members, KCBS has been sanctioning events and training certified barbecue judges nationwide for more than 25 years. Using an objective, blind judging process, the society sanctions more than 400 barbecue competitions throughout the nation each year. For more information about KCBS, visit