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Letter from the President

Dear Fellow Barbecue Enthusiasts,

It is with great pride and exuberance that we announce the formation and mission of the St. Louis Barbecue Society.  This organizations been formed to promote the lifestyle, businesses and interest of those in the St. Louis area who enjoy great Barbecue.  This group of diverse individuals will consist of caterers, restaurateur, competitive cooking teams, backyard chefs, and anyone who is interested in learning more about a great St. Louis and American tradition.

Several years ago,  St. Louis Home Fires held its first Annual BBQ Cooking Contest.   It consisted of 9 teams and a total attendance of around 250 people.  This past September we held the same contest consisting of 80 teams & total attendance surpassing 10, 000.

Following the event several participants and I realized the great interest and enthusiasm there was in St. Louis for great and creative barbecue cooking.  It is with the notion that we have formed this group.  It is with that ideal that we would like you to join and participate.  Membership will include monthly meetings, restaurant visits, newsletters, membership discounts at SLBS events and discounts at participating restaurants.

All are welcome to join and become part of something truly special and new to St. Louis Barbecue.  Please feel free to talk to one of our members or fill out an interest card if you are interested.

Your BBQ Brother,

Frank Schmer
St. Louis BBQ Society

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Board of Directors

Frank Schmer
Frank SchmerPresident
Board Member Since: 2007 (Founding Board Member)
Certifications: Certified BBQ Judge, Contest Organizer
Committees: Team of the Year, Sanctioning, Website
Bill Grenko
Bill GrenkoVice President
Board Member Since: 2013
BBQ Team Name: Lock, Stock and Two Smokin’ Barrels
Committees: Website, Sanctioning, and liaison to the American Royal and Jack Daniels
Certifications: Certified BBQ Judge
Keith Emms
Keith EmmsTreasurer
Board Member Since: 2011
Team Name: Baldbq
Committees: Forum Moderator
Certifications: Certified BBQ Judge
Alan Bowman
Alan BowmanSecretary
Board Member Since: 2013
Team Name: Code 3 Spices BBQ Team
Committees: Chairman Team of the Year, Website, Sanctioning and Judging
Certifications: Certified BBQ Judge
Elliot Mellow
Elliot MellowBoard Member
Board Member Since: 2011
BBQ Team Name: ASAP Championship BBQ Team
Certifications: Certified Judge and Event Ambassador
Committee’s: Judging , Website , General Member Meetings, liaison to World Food Championships, SLBS Gala, TOY Committee, BBQ and You Series


Joyce Mellow
Joyce MellowBoard Member

Board Member Since: 2007 (Founding Board Member)
BBQ Team Name: ASAP (Always Smoked Absolutely Perfect)
Certifications: Certified Judge
Committees: Judging , General Member Meetings, Communications and Promotions, St. Patrick’s Day Parade Chairperson and Float Designer, SLBS Cookbook


Mark Temmer
Mark TemmerBoard Member
Board Member Since: 2011
Certifications: Certified BBQ Judge, Director of Business Development, Event Ambassador
Committees: Chairman of Judges Committee, Judges Certifications Class Organizer and sanctioning
Open Position
Open PositionBoard Member
Board Member Since: 
John Yeast
John YeastBoard Member
Board Member Since: 2013
BBQ Team Name: Heroes’ Choice
Certifications: Certified BBQ Judge
Committees: Social Media & Marketing, Charity Services

Fritz Wiesehan
Fritz WiesehanBoard Member
Board Member Since: 2014
BBQ Team Name: Twisted Belly
Certifications: Certified BBQ Judge
Brad Simon
Brad SimonBoard Member
Board Member Since: 2007 (Founding board member)
BBQ Team: 
SCS Culinary Division
Certifications: Certified BBQ Judge
Committees: Fundraising, Cookbook
Matt Dieckhaus
Matt DieckhausBoard Member
Board Member Since: 2011
BBQ Team Name: Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ Team
Certifications: Certified BBQ Judge
Committees: Membership Director
Robin Brown
Robin BrownBoard Member
Board Member Since: 2011
BBQ Team Name: Missouri Shark Fishermen
Committees: Co-chair Charity Committee
Certifications: Certified BBQ Judge
Joe Hesse
Joe HesseBoard Member
Board Member Since: 2015
Team Name: Smokin’ Joe and Son
Certifications: Certified BBQ Judge
Susan and Richard Schmidt
Susan and Richard SchmidtCBJ Trainers Emeritus
Certified BBQ Judge Trainers Since: 2007
Certifications: Certified BBQ Judges in KCBS, MBN and SLBS
Susan and Richard have personally educated every judge in the St. Louis BBQ Society training program.