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Rooted in the Past, Focused on the Future

The National Barbecue Association is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association founded in January 1991 and incorporated in the State of North Carolina in 1993. The organization was created to address the needs of the broad, diverse and growing barbecue industry.

At the time the association was formed, there were a variety of organizations specifically focused on a particular segment or region of the barbecue world, but no single group designed to unite and strengthen the industry overall. Since that time, the NBBQA has grown into an organization over 2,000 members strong, connecting all branches of the barbecue "family tree" to share, learn and celebrate. From restaurateurs, caterers and suppliers to competitors and the public at large, our members represent anyone with a personal or professional passion for this great American culinary tradition.

If you love barbeuce, we invite you to join us.

NBBQA Mission Statement:
Sharing and expanding the diverse culture of barbecue through networking and education.

NBBQA Vision Statement:
Our vision is an expansive barbecue community that embraces all things barbecue—from low and slow to grilling, catering to competing, or simply the fun and friendship of a backyard cookout.