• Eggtoberfest Atlanta 2019 Logo
    Big Green Egg,  Equipment,  Event Summary,  Proteins,  Recipes

    Smokin J’s Serves Exotic Meat at Eggtoberfest 2019

    Elk balls and wild boar balls were on Smokin J’s Barbeque’s menu at Eggtoberfest 2019 at Stone Mountain Park. Meatballs that is…. What is Eggtoberfest, you ask? It is an annual cooking event, held each October, in Atlanta, to celebrate the versatility of the Big Green Egg ceramic cooker. “Eggheads,” register months in advance for the opportunity to feed, over 3000 attendees, whatever culinary creations they can develop. The only requirement…food must be cooked on the Big Green Egg. Cooks spend plenty of money and time devising menus. No money is dispersed. The only reward is a friendly compliment or being recognized as the “People’s Choice,” for the day. What…

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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…

  • Competitions

    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…

  • Competitions,  Event Summary

    Successful Smokin’ Flamingo BBQ and Music Festival

    Smokin J’s Barbeque spent five days at the Flamingo Lake RV Resort for the 6th Annual Smokin’ Flamingo BBQ & Music Festival.  It was a mini-vacation, for us; not just a barbecue competition. There have only been a few Georgia Barbecue sanctioned events at RV campgrounds and this was one hellva campground.  Over 285 full hook-up camping sites offering both 50 and 30 amp service, cable, sewer and water, along with 4 furnished cabins and two Yurts, provide diversified camping experiences (no tent camping allowed). Other amenities at Flamingo Lake RV Resort include free wi-fi service, laundry facilities, a general store and a large Walmart within 5 minutes of the…

  • Competitions,  Event Summary

    Smokin J’s Barbeque at Doc Holiday Competition

    Our second barbecue competition of the season is in the books and it was a hot one in Griffin, Georgia at the Doc Holiday BBQ and Music Festival.  The event takes place in historic downtown Griffin, home of the famous gunslinger, Doc Holiday.  The annual event celebrates his life and his role in the Gunfight at the OK Corral.  Complete with vintage costumes, actors portray the 30-second shootout between Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp, town Marshal Virgil Earp, Special Policeman Morgan Earp and members of a loosely organized group of outlaws known as the Cowboys, which took place in Tombstone, Arizona. Food, crafts and barbecue lined several blocks.  One thing I especially…