• 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

    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…

  • Competitions,  Event Summary

    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…