• Competitions,  Event Summary

    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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    Competitions,  Event Summary

    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…

  • Barbeque News,  Recipes

    Cartersville’s Hidden Gem: Appalachian Grill

    Smokin J’s Barbeque will be judging this weekend’s (March 31 – April 1, 2017) Georgia Barbecue Association sanctioned event in downtown Cartersville, Georgia.  Sponsored by BBQ & Brews, this will be a family event featuring great food, music and fun. Click here for address and festival info Please, if you decide to attend the festivities, make sure to visit some of the locally owned businesses.  One of Cartersville’s hidden gems is a great steak restaurant, Appalachian Grill. Here is a review written by freelance writer, JoAnn Johnson. Appalachian Grill in Cartersville, Georgia Located just 40 minutes northwest of Atlanta, Cartersville can lay claim to one of the most quaint, romantic…