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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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    Georgia Barbecue Association 2016 Banquet

    The Georgia Barbecue Association closes another season with its year end banquet for 2016 As some of you may know, Doug and I relocated to South Carolina last fall.  Because of the distance and Doug opening a new branch, Smokin J’s Barbeque was only able to participate in three competitions this year.  The level of competition is so high in the GBA, only participating in three competitions doesn’t really give you a good shot of the top 10 in the Team of The Year challenge. However, we really enjoy the family atmosphere the GBA provides and we felt obligated to return to the end of the year banquet to greet…

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    Smokin J’s Barbeque recap of City Fest 2016

    Smokin J’s at Dallas Inaugural City Fest 2016 Had a great weekend competition at the first City Fest 2016 in Dallas, Georgia.  Fifteen professional Georgia Barbecue Association teams competed for the top team in ribs, pork loin and pork butt.  Some teams competed in the “People’s Choice,” category.  The weather started gloomy Friday morning, but skies cleared and residents came out to enjoy a beautiful Saturday.  A car show, craft vendors and activities for kids were surrounding the downtown Dallas Square; however, the main event was the barbecue battle.   The competition was fierce but points leader, Rescue Smokers took the Grand Champion trophy for the day with a nearly…

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    Walton County BBQ Festival

    Enjoyed beautiful weather and a tremendous turnout for the 2nd annual Walton County Barbecue Festival to benefit the “Communities in School,” program.  Held at the Walton County Agricultural Education Center, 30 professional barbecue teams lit their fires and competed for over an $8,000 purse.  Sanctioned by the Georgia Barbecue Association, this was a double team points event for the registered teams, which has made a significant difference in their “Team of The Year,” race.  Jimmy Hogg, the festival chairman was very grateful to all attendees and barbecue competitors for surpassing last years attendance record. Several of the professional barbecue competitors were vendors of their great tasting pork.  Bouncy houses, jewelry…