NBBQA Conference & Expo Planning Underway

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September 13, 2022: The National Barbecue and Grilling Association (NBBQA) has secured a contract with the Wyndham Orlando Resort & Conference Center to host the 2023 Annual Conference and Expo. The event is slated for February 15-18, 2023, in the sunshine state of Florida, only a mile from Walt Disney World Resort®. The theme for this BBQ and Grilling mega event will be #BetterTogether. Registration for the event will begin on October 15, 2022, at the organization’s website www.NBBQA.org.


Association managing partners Kell and Janet Phelps are working overtime to ensure this upcoming event will showcase the ‘Best of the Best’ from our BBQ and Grilling family while providing valuable educational sessions taught by experts in their respective fields. Janet Phelps said, “The support for the upcoming event has been tremendous, and I know it will continue to gain momentum as we work towards releasing the finished event.” The entire membership is encouraged to watch for more information on the upcoming event.


The event’s organization is well underway with assistance from well-known members of the barbecue & grilling community. Craig Carter, competitor and catering phenom from Kansas City, is helping with the conference’s opening, an All-Star BBQ and Grilling throwdown for attendees to enjoy. BBQ competitors Rob and Amy Dobb are helping NBBQA with the annual Bus Tour, as their vast knowledge of barbecue in the area will be priceless in setting up this event. BBQ Hall of Famers Lee Ann Whippen and Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe are both helping plan the 15 different educational sessions.


Sponsorship support is also underway, with early commitments from Old World Spices and Cheerwine slated. NBBQA looks forward to seeing even more people and businesses step forward as we work on this exciting conference.

Below is a list of sessions planned for the 2023 conference.


Wednesday, February 15, 2023

  • Bus Tour
  • Smoke Fight Reception


Thursday, February 16, 2023

  • Breakfast
  • Keynote Address
  • 8 Different Educational Sessions
  • Lunch
  • Awards of Excellence Dinner and Awards


Friday, February 17, 2023

  • Breakfast
  • 6 Different Educational Sessions
  • Lunch - Meet the Masters
  • Night of Fire
  • Rhinestone Cowboy Steak Challenge

Saturday, February 18, 2023

  • SCA Double Steak Challenge
  • NBBQA PitMaster/GrillMaster Classes




Since 1991, the National Barbecue & Grilling Association has been the voice of the BBQ and Grilling industry by helping members network and learn from proven professionals. Successful BBQ people know that strong relationships with others who can help them navigate, problem solve, find solutions, and thrive are the pathway to success. The primary goal of the National Barbecue & Grilling Association is to help start-ups, established businesses, and industry partners succeed faster and make fewer mistakes through regular peer-to-peer networking, education, events, publications, advocacy, and involvement with members. NBBQA is the only trade association focusing on all essential barbecue and grilling industry segments, including restaurants, catering, food trucks, product manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, distributors, and manufacturers.


For more information on NBBQA’s 2023 Annual Conference and Expo, visit https:

//www.NBBQA.org/events/2023-national-barbecue-and-grilling-association-national-conference, or for any questions, please email admin@NBBQA.org.