• 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…

  • Grilled vegetables
    Equipment,  Recipes,  Sides,  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…

  • fried chicken wings from the gas grill
    Proteins,  Recipes

    Grilling Fried Chicken Wings

    Why Chicken Wings? Chicken wings are one of our “go to” meals during football season.  We usually buy the five-pound bags at Sam’s Club, then divide them up into freezable, sealed bags when we get home.  Each bag includes about ten total wings, just enough for both of us – these wings are rather large. Some stats indicate that Americans will eat over a billion chicken wings for the Superbowl in February.  Why do we like chicken wings so much? Easy to hold and require no utensil Can be flavored to almost anything to suit a variety of tastes Good to serve a crowd or at a sports gathering Chicken…

  • RV Travel

    Southern Outdoor Adventure at River Vista RV Resort

    Fresh mountain air in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains is the best vacation for me. A recent trip to River Vista RV Resort just north of Clayton, Georgia proved to be the perfect weekend getaway. Only a two-hour drive for us, as well as another couple who recently purchased a motor home; we met at the resort to enjoy some down time. Located near many attractions and full of amenities, River Vista RV Resort maintains a beautifully landscape campground which can accommodate larger rigs. Why River Vista? During most of our camping trips, we like to do three things… make a campfire and be lazy hike to local…

  • 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…