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BBQ Trophies.com is the culmination of more than 40 years of dedication to traditional slow-smoked barbecue and my desire to design and manufacture truly unique, one of a kind awards for today's BBQ competitions.

As a certified BBQ judge Bill Gailey has a passion for BBQ and trophies
Bill Gailey
Certified BBQ Judge & Founder BBQTrophies.com

My experience with BBQ goes back to the early 60's in a small southeast Georgia town where my father built and owned a poultry processing company. Since we were the "chicken" people we were constantly asked to barbecue chickens for every fundraising opportunity in and around Claxton, Georgia. While my Dad was becoming known as the Chicken Man, I was busy dividing my time between my two passions - playing football and eating slow-smoked BBQ from Mr. Kelly Baker's BBQ joint.

Mr. Kelly had one of the South's famous old fashioned cinder block pits right in front of his house and everyday he would smoke pork shoulders, ribs and whatever anyone wanted smoked. I can still smell the oak coals in his pit and taste the Carolina style vinegar base sauce he made fresh everyday. To this day, I have never had a better pork sandwich than Mr. Kelly's, and I have eaten at many of the best known places across the south. Although Mr. Kelly is no longer with us and his BBQ joint has been closed for years, the memories still linger and my quest for that perfectly smoked pork sandwich continues to this day.

After high school I attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. During my senior year in business school, I decided to leave the banking job I had held while working my way through school and open The Trophy Shop in Athens. At 24 years old I started a business that has evolved over the past 39 years into what today is one of the most modern state of the art awards companies in the country. During these years I have owned and operated stores in Athens, Ga., Fort Walton Beach, FL. And now here in Milford, MI. During this time I dealt with many large customers such as The Georgia High School Athletic Association, the Georgia State Fair, the Atlanta Braves and for 14 years in Florida our primary customer was the U.S. Air Force. We manufactured custom awards and shipped to bases world-wide before moving to Michigan to be near family.

BBQ Competition at Lockharts BBQ Royal Oak MI
Lockhart's Rib Burn
October 2010

In 2010 I decided to pursue my BBQ ambitions by becoming a Certified BBQ Judge and was certified by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. My first summer here in Michigan I judged 6 KCBS sanctioned competitions. My plans are to become a Master Judge over the next 2 seasons as well as to sponsor a professional competition team. During the fall of 2010 I had the idea that I could combine the power of the internet, my years of experience in the awards industry and my passion for all things BBQ into one focus. By doing this, my wife, Jennifer and I could create a truly unique buying opportunity for BBQ competitions across the country.

We understand BBQ, we understand competitions and we know how to design and build the best quality awards and related products. It is this passion that has led to what we believe is a truly unique place for you to purchase your awards, purchase your cook team "logo" products and share your BBQ stories with people that understand and live the life of the smoke! We can even help design your team logo if you need that service. Now you can have your awards made to your specifications and designs instead of just taking what the local trophy guy has to offer. Take a look at our stock designs and our custom designed awards and let us know what you want for your competition.

Welcome to BBQTrophies.com and please contact us with any questions or suggestions.