• 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…

  • Competitions,  Event Summary

    South Georgia Competition Kicks Off the Season

    The Georgia Barbecue Association kicked off the 2018-2019 season in Douglas, Georgia and Smokin J’s Barbeque, along with 40 other teams, were in the heart of it. Kudos to the City of Douglas The city of Douglas definitely knows how to run a competition.  Everything was strategically organized and planned for not only the cook teams, but also the many craft vendors, car enthusiast and families who attended. Great job to Mike Hudson and his staff! Those of you who do not cook at professional competition events may find this mundane, however, the cook teams arrived to find great signage for the event; easy access to the cook sites and…

  • Equipment,  Tips & Tricks

    9 Essentials for a Barbecue Competition

    We have been competing in the Georgia Barbecue Association for five years. When we started, we knew nothing about professional barbecue except what everyone has seen on television.  TV glamorizes the competition, which is a blast – but it is very challenging and hard work. Every team who has won a trophy or money in a competition has truly worked for it. Experience has taught us a lot – as well as our fellow GBA family members.  However, prior to our first competition, we didn’t know about disposable cutting boards or heat resistant gloves?  We have absorbed knowledge by talking with our fellow competitors and devising unorthodox uses for some…