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Thom Emery's Bio

Thom Emery is an avid member of the barbeque community, both as a contest organizer in the West and a competitor. In 2009 Thom organized the Stagecoach Music Festival BBQ Championships, the largest cook off in California to date, in which 59 teams participated. Thom is also a speaker and host at organizer roundtables where new and experienced contest organizers gather to refine their skills.

Thom was the President of the California Barbeque Association in 2007 and remains active in the association today. He was the founding moderator of the CBBQA Forum. Some of Thom’s notable contributions to the CBBQA are: his role as point person on the creation of the CBBQA Hall of Fame, recognizing long time members who compete, educate and serve California BBQ and his leadership of the CBBQA committee that reorganized the CBBQA Team of the Year contest from an end-of-the-year-reveal format into an open, year-long race.

Thom has competed in contests across the country for his own team as well as an advisor to others. Thom was the winner of the California State Rib Championship in Anaheim in 2008, the Grand Champion of the Palm Desert BBQ Cook Off in 2008 and the winner of the Arizona State Beef Brisket Championship in Prescott in 2009. Thom also mentors and sponsors his son Kyle Emery whose team has won numerous championships.

In 2010 Thom enjoyed hosting the 3 Eyz team on the series Pitmaster Season Two on TLC TV

Blog Posts

Indio California State BBQ Championship



Team Entry form above 

November 13/14

Team Entry Form above  Snail mail to Emery Services

PO Box 7

Thousand Palms Ca


Judges Entry Form and Golf Tournament Invite is linked in separate BBQ Blog 

CBBQA ToY has been granted 

KCBS sanctioned 

Room for 49 teams with a wait list for 49 plus at the regular entry price 

Added Desert Dessert category open to KCBS and Locals

King of the Desert Amature Ribs for local Amature cooks as a additional category

This is not open to KCBS level teams

Teams keep 100% of the cash they take in through Taste of BBQ Sales

Prize fund based on number of teams

Break outs on money listed below

$5,000, $7500 and $10,000 levels 

20X50 pro team sites 

Waiting list at regular entry of $350 if we have space 

Electric Edison household plug one each per team  

Teams Contest only 

1 Hickory and Spice, Rick Mysee #59969

2 Swanny's Smokehouse Mike Swan #73226

3 DG Firehouse BBQ Dan Gibson #72930

4 Cool Grilling Mike Pagel #70358

5 Big Poppa Smokers Sterling Ball #58670

6 The Pit Crew Steve…


Posted by BBQ Thom on a iPhone on June 19, 2015 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

Indio Ca Certified BBQ Judges Entry Form


KCBS BBQ Judges are invited to apply for a seat at the Indio Ca State BBQ Champioships

Judges will be needed for the KCBS Four Meat Contest,

The King of the Desert Amateur Ribs Championship and 

The Desert Dessert Championship 

CBJs are invited to the Friday 7PM 9 Hole golf tournement at

the Light, our contest site is a night lighted golf course  


Holiday Inn Express – 84054 Indio Springs Dr Indio 92203

reservations 800.315.2621 One mile from The Lights Golf Course 

Family at a rate of $99.00+tax.  Will be set up for  20 rooms.

 If the hotel sells out and the people do not make reservations in time, then I won’t have any rooms left.

Typically as we get closer to the date our weekend rates in November go up to $129-159


Group code of BBQ  …


Posted by Thom Emery on August 13, 2015 at 7:30am



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Kyle Emery places in the money at The First Stagecoach Music Fest Cook Off

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