Lone Star Barbecue Society

Our Head judge is provided by Lone Star Barbecue Society.

Lone Star Barbecue Society has officially sanctioned the SSNS Festival.


The Lone Star Barbecue Society (LSBS) traces its roots back to November 1996 when it was founded by Glenn and Pat Nicholas. The inception of LSBS arose from the need to fill a void left by another cook’s association, which decided to limit the sanctioning of cook-offs to a 50-mile radius from their headquarters. This presented a challenge, especially for Glenn, who, as the Activity Director, had organized cook-offs around the state.

In response to this dilemma, LSBS emerged as a 501(c)(7) non-profit organization with a mission to support other non-profit groups by sanctioning their cook-offs. Our goal is to assist these groups in fundraising endeavors, contributing to the purchase of medical equipment, scholarships, and various children’s charities sponsored by service organizations hosting our barbecue competitions.

Over the past twenty-four years, LSBS has evolved into a thriving organization, proudly sanctioning over eighty-five events annually throughout the state of Texas. Our commitment to community support and charitable causes has made LSBS one of the premier BBQ Sanctioning organizations in the state. Whether you’re interested in promoting a cook-off or becoming a member, we invite you to contact us. We look forward to meeting many of you at local events across Texas.

1st Annual
Southern Smoke N Sip | Lone Star Barbecue Society

Welcome to the Southern Smoke N Sip Festival & Cookoff Competition, where culinary mastery, mixology magic, and automotive elegance converge in a spectacular celebration!