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    Competitions,  Event Summary

    Competition Summary: Festival of Discovery

    The 19th Annual South Carolina Festival of Discovery proved to be a great competition for Smokin J’s Barbeque and the City of Greenwood. Just under 90 teams competed for over $12,500.00 in cash prizes for the best brisket, pork, ribs, dessert, hash and “anything goes,” categories. Despite not walking on stage, we are very satisfied with our results, considering the incredible array of professional cook teams at this event. How Our Numbers Stacked Up We are most proud of our pulled pork entry.   It was the number one box on our table! Our ribs favored almost as well; scoring 21st! One judge was way off the mark, as he gave…

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    Big Green Egg,  Equipment,  Recipes,  Tips & Tricks

    Tips for Pizza on the Big Green Egg

    Nothing compares to a brick oven pizza and if you own a Big Green Egg, or any other ceramic cooker, you can make delicious pizza at home. Recently, we experimented with a few techniques to enhance our pizza preparation. Making this particular recipe does take time, typically 4-5 hours; however, in this article, we included a couple of time saving strategies, for an easy weeknight dinner. Making the dough for the Big Green Egg Pizza In the past, we made our pizza dough from scratch using a recipe from the Big Green Egg forum (a website for Big Green Egg enthusiast), but today we decided to try DeLallo’s Italian Pizza…

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    Recipes,  Tips & Tricks

    Smoky Whiskey Barbecue Chicken

    Grilling chicken is one of our favorite “go-to” meals in the summer. It is quick, easy and just takes a little bit of prep. This recipe is ideal for chicken drumsticks, but I am not a fan of dark meat.  We substituted skinless, boneless chicken breast and it turned out delicious. For this Whiskey Smoky Barbecue Chicken, as with any grilled chicken recipe, the most important, MOST CRUCIAL step is the brine. CLICK TO PRINT RECIPE WHY BRINE CHICKEN? Chicken is a very lean protein.  Brining the poultry helps maintain moisture and impart flavor. After trying several “salt” based potions, I have found using a 1:1 ratio of sugar to…

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    Comparing KCBS and GBA Barbecue Competition Events

    We have completed our first KCBS {Kansas City Barbecue Society} competition.  It was a whole different ballgame, than the GBA {Georgia Barbecue Association}, the sanctioning group, we were accustom.             There are a few significant differences between the two competition barbecue associations. Competition Meat The main difference between GBA and KCBS are the meat categories for competitions. GBA has three main categories, pork loin, pork ribs, and pork shoulder.  Occasionally, there are ancillary categories, such as brisket, dessert or “anything butt..” In KCBS events, there are four meat categories, brisket, chicken, pork ribs and pork shoulder. Most KCBS comps also include a People’s Choice, which…

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    Equipment,  Recipes,  Tips & Tricks

    Smokin J’s Barbeque’s Top 5 Healthy Grilling Techniques

    Let’s face it, we are all trying to eat more healthy and watch our weight, but we also love our grills, smokers and outdoor cooking vessels. When it comes to grilling, you might think of savory, fatty foods, slathered in a coat of sugary barbecue sauce; however, grilling – a high-heat method of cooking directly over the flames or hot coals, can be advantageous when trying to lose weight. Small or thin sliced pieces of food are best when it comes to grilling.  However, there are two types of grilling – direct and indirect.   DIRECT GRILLING Usually, direct grilling involves thin cuts of meat like, steak, pork chops, kebabs…