The NBBQA offers a wide range of member benefits for our specialized membership levels, plus the unique opportunity to connect with the folks who share a love of great barbecue. From resources for starting and supporting your business to tips on entertaining friends around the smoker, our organization offers something for everyone. Scroll down to see the exclusive benefits available through your paid NBBQA membership!
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National Barbecue News Subscription: National Barbecue News is the world’s number one publication dedicated to BBQ and is the official publication of NBBQA. Delivered to over 10,000 industry professionals and enthusiasts every month, your subscription to National Barbecue News is covered as part of your membership. 
The BiBNBBQA’s monthly e-newsletter, the BiB (Best in Barbecue), is delivered to over 2,000 members and BBQ lovers. It’s a great way to keep up with what’s going on with the association and its members.
BBQ Resource Center: To assist our members with their business operations, we've created the BBQ Resource Center—an online clearinghouse of barbecue related educational and informational documents.
We have press release templates, logos, royalty free photos, sample business documents, how-to's, conference handouts, videos and other educational resources available for our Operator and Trade Partner members to download.
‘Que & A: Let our most experienced members answer your pressing barbecue questions. We’ve posted responses to dozens of barbecue questions on our website for members to review. Can’t find what you’re looking for? We’ll even send your question to our volunteer BBQ experts.
Benchmarking Data: Want to know how your BBQ business stacks up? Every year, NBBQA surveys hundreds of members to record and analyze key industry data. This research is available exclusively to Operator and Trade Partner members.


  Save 10% at Motel 6: Motel 6 and the National Barbecue Association have partnered together to provide a 10% discount to all NBBQA members! Motel 6 is the lowest priced hotel of any national chain, so the discount will save you even more! They'll provide a clean, comfortable room at any of their 1,100+ pet-friendly locations across the U.S. and Canada.
Save big with MLS Direct Network - NBBQA Merchant Program: NBBQA has negotiated with MLS Direct a very aggressive merchant services program for our members, including the lowest overall cost per transaction….guaranteed! Simplified statement with no hidden fees, $3.95 monthly PCI fee (Not $99 annual or more), Batches before 8:00 PM (CST) WILL be in the bank the next morning before the bank opens on retail Clients and more!

We're also pleased to announce the following set of new benefits that will save members even more:

Money Network - Pay distribution program for employees without a bank account or who wish to manage their pay separately. Avoid payroll checks altogether; funds download into personal employee accounts.
Thanx Loyalty Program - Credit card-linked loyalty program that allows you to identify and reward your best customers. Link rewards directly to individual credit or debit cards, not those expensive plastic rewards car $1.00 Rental on Credit Card Terminals - All-in-one credit processing solution for practically nothing. Rent FD100Ti or FD 200Ti terminals for only $1 per month
Free Smart Phone Reader - Brick and mortar businesses that sign up for credit card processing get a smart phone reader at no cost. Great for power outages, catering jobs or other events where you don't have your credit card terminal.
Great Rates on Credit Cards and TeleCheck - Accept checks with the same warranty that you get with a credit card but at a lower cost.
Save Up to 88% with OfficeMax's Partner Advantage Program: Enjoy savings from 31% to 88% off of the manufacturers’ list price on your most frequently purchased items. Also receive a 5% discount on over 12,000 products in our net priced catalog. This program offers exclusive NBBQA member pricing, award-winning customer service, no-hassle returns and free delivery on in-stock orders over $50.
Save up to 16% on Hewlett-Packard Business Products: NBBQA members can connect to HP innovation and savings on a wide range of products, including printers, desktops, tablets, servers, networking, and more. NBBQA members enjoy discounts on HP products, free U.S. ground shipping, and flexible financing.
Save 20—40% with a Free Lodging Discount Card: With CheckINN Direct, you can save 20–40% off your hotel stays. As the largest negotiator of hotel rates in North America-with $400 million in annual purchases-they can provide reduced nightly lodging rates typically reserved for large companies. When you join NBBQA, CheckINN Direct will waive the fee for your lodging discount card.


Member Sticker: Operator members will receive an annual membership sticker to display at their place of business, demonstrating their commitment to our great American cuisine and the people who love it. 
Membership Directory: Receive full access to our member directory where you can search member profiles of restaurants, caterers, suppliers, pitmasters and anyone involved in the business of BBQ.
BBQ Trail Listing: The BBQ Trail is an online map to all of our Operator member restaurants, linking those who love great barbecue to a national network of great BBQ joints.
Business Labels: For an additional fee, Trade Partner members are eligible to purchase one set of NBBQA member mailing labels each year.  Please contact us at to learn more.





Annual Conference & Trade Show: This informative conference is a must-attend for BBQ restaurateurs, caterers, competition cooks, manufacturers, suppliers and emergent BBQ business owners who support the barbecue industry and are interested in learning and networking. There is power in numbers!  Last year, more than 600 participants benefited from our BBQ trade show, presentations from BBQ masters, educational classes on competition cooking and judging, information on BBQ business trends and much more. 
Apprentice Program: Want a chance to experience the business of barbecue first hand? Apprentices participate in a multi-day immersion at a successful barbecue operation under the guidance of a respected mentor. From dishwashing to bookkeeping, every aspect of running the business will be covered. Only NBBQA members may participate in the program, either as an apprentice or mentor.
Awards of Excellence: Do you have a magnificent marinade? How about a righteous rub? Don’t hide it from your fellow barbecue enthusiasts! From sauces to cookbooks, the annual NBBQA Awards of Excellence recognizes the very best barbecue products. In all, 24 categories will be judged, so no matter what your barbecue style, there’s an opportunity to stake your claim as the best of the best. NBBQA members save $25 on the entry fee for their first product and $10 on all additional entries.
Contingency Program: The Competition Contingency Program is designed to help companies acknowledge cook teams that use their products and win by providing a cash prize. Only NBBQA members may participate in the program, either as a competitor or sponsor company.
Advertising: Looking to promote your product or service in the world of barbecue? Our association is your passport. NBBQA members receive approximately 20% off the following advertising opportunities:
  • The BiB - NBBQA’s monthly e-newsletter, the BiB (Best in Barbecue), is delivered to over 2,000 members and barbecue lovers. Members receive discounts on banner ads.
  • Website - is a great place to promote your company. Website ads are discounted for members.
  • Q - The National Barbecue News is delivered to over 10,000 industry professionals and enthusiasts every month. Use your membership to receive a discount in Q, the NBBQA’s special insert within National Barbecue News.


Our Member-to-Member Discount Program is designed to let the BBQ community work together to save money. The following is a sample of some of the current member discounts available. When you join NBBQA be sure to visit the Members Only section for instructions on redeeming these special offers. You can even offer your own discount!
Save 25% at Denny Mike’s Sauces & Seasonings: DennyMike's takes a lot of pride in the products they produce, from pure sea salt to the finest molasses, you are sure to taste the difference. Competitors even get wholesale pricing. And when you win, it's free!
Save 30% at MustHaveMenus offers thousands of customizable menu templates, event flyers and restaurant management tools, including many specifically designed for barbecue joints.
Save 10% on Pig Out Roasters' Charcoal Rotisserie: Roast up to a 170 lb. pig with Pig Out Roasters' charcoal rotisserie. This is a BBQ enthusiast's dream - fool proof roasting with the great taste of traditional barbecue!
Save 15% on Thermometers from Tel-Tru Manufacturing: Tel-Tru manufactures a complete line of rugged, accurate, and dependable bimetal thermometers.
Save 10% at Best of the West: With a full line of charcoal, wood fuels, seasoning sprays and chip trays, there is something for any type of grill at Best of the West.
Save 5% at Hawgeyes BBQ: With over 500 BBQ related items, Hawgeyes has all the top rubs and sauces along with a great seection of brines, smokers and grills.
Save 5% at River Country: One of the most trusted manufacturers of BBQ thermometers, River Country is also an authorized dealer of several top BBQ brands.
Visit the Member-to-Member Discount page to see all active offers or to find out how to offer your own discount.

Not sure which membership level to join? Review the Member Categories for descriptions of each level.