Sam's Club Meats Add Flavor, Flair to National BBQ Competition

        Sam's Club Meats Add Flavor, Flair to National BBQ Competition

Third Annual BBQ Competition includes stops at 31 Sam's Club locations

PR Newswire

BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 18, 2013

BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sam's Club today announced
the third installment of The Sam's Club National BBQ Tour, the largest
continuous barbecue competition in the U.S., sanctioned by the Kansas City
Barbeque Society (KCBS). As the official supplier of KCBS, Sam's Club is the
'choice' destination for the highest quality meats and ingredients for
backyard grillers, restaurateurs and more than 750 professional teams who will
compete in the 2013 Sam's Club National BBQ Tour.

"I am delighted that Sam's Club has joined forces with the Kansas City
Barbeque Society for three years running to allow members and BBQ fans to
experience the freshness, quality and value of Sam's Club premium fresh meat
selection," said Shawn Baldwin, senior vice president for fresh, freezer and
cooler grocery at Sam's Club. "We know that grilling, barbecuing and outdoor
entertaining are important to our members. The Sam's Club National BBQ Tour
celebrates their passion for everyday barbecuing and grilling with our
commitment to giving them the fresh ingredients and items they need at a value
they deserve."

Hosted by Series Director, barbecue aficionado and cookbook author Troy Black,
the National BBQ Tour will journey to 31 Sam's Club parking lots from
Albuquerque to Alabama with barbecue demonstrations and free samples of
premium-quality Sam's Club meats, hand-cut fresh daily from butchers inside
each local Sam's Club. Each event is open to members and the public.

"Each of our world-class competitive teams knows the best barbecue starts with
premium fresh meat," said Black. "Having quality chicken, ribs, pork and
brisket from Sam's Club on the smoker sets the stage for a mouth-watering

Sam's Club offers members a 200% freshness guarantee every day on all fresh
meats. Sam's Club meats are offered in several hand-cut varieties and large
packs that provide added members-only value. If a member is not satisfied with
their fresh purchase from Sam's Club, they can return the item for double the
money back.

Introduced in 2011 as thelargest competition series with the largest prize
purse in the history of competitive barbecue, the Sam's Club National BBQ Tour
has distributed nearly $1 million in prizes since its inception. Previous
Grand Champions from 2011, TippyCanoe BBQ Crew of St. Ansgar, Iowa, and 2012,
Lucky's Q of Denver, Iowa, will be among 750 teams competing for a portion of
the $500,000 prize purse this year.

Each National BBQ Tour competition awards overall winners as well as winners
in each of four barbecue categories: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. Events
are free and open to the public and take place in Sam's Club parking lots from
February through September leading up to the National Championship on Oct. 19,
2013 in Bentonville, Ark. KCBS will sanction the events and provide certified
barbecue judges for the competitions. For a full schedule of events, visit

"Our professional competitors depend on the freshness and quality of Sam's
Club meats," said Carolyn Wells, Executive Director of the Kansas City
Barbecue Society. "Collaborating with Sam's Club also allows our sport's
popularity to grow so that everyone has access to the tools and tips to be a
backyard barbecue champion."

Partnering sponsors and brands for the Sam's Club National BBQ Tour include:
Kingsford, KC Masterpiece, Coca-Cola, Heinz, Tyson Foods, Cattlemen's BBQ, New
Zealand Lamb, Tone's, Stonemill Kitchens, Pillsbury, National Pork Board,
Cargill and Bush's Best Baked Beans.

About Sam's Club
Sam's Club^®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation's
eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering
superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across
the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average of
34 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made
Simple^®,, and look for Sam's Club onTwitter,Facebookand
ourMobile and iPad® App.

About KCBS
With more than 15,000 members, KCBS has been sanctioning events and training
certified barbecue judges nationwide for more than 25 years. Using an
objective, blind judging process, the society sanctions more than 400 barbecue
competitions throughout the nation each year. For more information about KCBS,

SOURCE Sam's Club

Contact: Carrie Foster, Sam's Club Media Relations, +1-800-331-0081,
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