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    Mediocre Meat at Canton BBQ & Brews

    It was a tough weekend for Smokin J’s Barbecue in Canton at the BBQ & Brews Festival. The weekend started off great!  Traditionally, BBQ & Brews gives away a gift basket to the team who turns in their competition application first. For the THIRD TIME – IT WAS US! Filled with t-shirts, hats, pig regalia and Reformation Beer – we appreciated being recognized. We are always excited about participating in these north Georgia events, so we get our applications in, as soon as we see them appear on the GBA schedule.  Dale Wilson, owner of Pirate 50 Custom Artwork and Trophies (and creator of some of the best GBA trophies)…

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    Loin Test Cook Pays Off at BBQ & Brews Cartersville

    As some of you MAY know, Doug and I did a PORK LOIN test cook, at our house; well, it paid off at our first competition since the test cook – 4 PLACE IN PORK LOIN! What do I mean by test cook? We strategically applied four different flavor profiles to four different pork loins.  We used standard 5 lb. pork loins, which the Georgia Barbecue Association requires. The flavor profiles included various rubs, sauces and injections. Upon gathering about a dozen friends and family (NONE of which are certified barbecue judges)- we gave them a crash course in GBA judging rules. We set up our garage as a mock…

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    Barbecue at the Fire Ant Festival 2018

    It was not the weekend we were hoping for at the Fire Ant Barbecue Festival 2018.  Unable to get a call for our barbecue pork, loin, or ribs, we finished 24 out of 42 teams competing. This was our first competition with our new Stump Smoker.  The new gravity fed smoker worked great and kept a consistent temperature for  over 14 hours straight.  However, our timing was a bit off. We felt our loin was the most tender entry we have ever submitted; even scoring as the best on the table by one judge, and second best by two other judges; however, it could not compete with Rescue Smokers first…

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    GBA Dominates the Big Pig Jig

    The annual Big Pig Jig in Vienna, Georgia may attract teams from all over the nation, but this year, Georgia Barbecue Association members dominated the categories, including Grand Champion to Bubba Grills. Smokin J’s Barbeque did not compete in the Big Pig Jig; however, Doug, our pit master, did work with 2nd place Whole Hog winner, Rescue Smokers. We do not have whole hog experience, nor a cooker to hold a minimum 85 lb hog, so Robby Royal, whom you may have seen on television, winning the 2013 BBQ Pitmasters Competition; allowed Doug to participate on his cook team. “It was an honor to work with a Pitmaster Champion,” said…

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    Ribs Win Grand Championship for Smokin J’s Barbeque

    After four years of competing against the toughest barbecue teams in the country, we finally won our first GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP! Our rib category entry was good enough to carry the big trophy home! BBQ & Brews Cadence Fair started like any other competition for us.  Arriving in our huge rig, proved to be a slight challenge for organizers. Those who do not participate in competitive barbecue are not aware of the hard work, organizers and promoters endure to pull off one of these events.  Gary Lamb, Kristen Cash-Raines and the entire BBQ and Brews team work to put on the best festival event in North Georgia.  We look forward to…