• sip and swine 2021
    Competitions,  Event Summary

    Sip & Swine 2021

    Our first competition in almost exactly a year wrapped up with not so hot results. Many competitions were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Our last competition was actually the Sip and Swine event of 2020. We walked on stage last year, but was not as fortunate this year. Competition was very fierce, as teams from all over the country travelled to Lawrenceville, Georgia for this event. Anxious pitmasters chopping at the bit to get back to what they love – BARBECUE! Popularity of Sip & Swine One of the few events scheduled for early 2021, the 6th Annual Sip & Swine BBQ Competition attracted teams from Texas, The…

  • purple 7th place ribbon at Sip and Swine
    Competitions,  Event Summary,  Proteins,  Recipes

    Walking Onstage at Sip and Swine

    We finally walked onstage at the 5th annual KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) Sip and Swine event. It was a weekend to remember since this is only our third KCBS competition. The occasion was even more joyous because our granddaughter walked onstage with us. Kicking off a new barbecue season Held at Cool Ray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the 5th Annual Sip & Swine event was well organized and a huge success. Well known throughout the competition circuit, this event attracts some of the most recognizable names in barbecue, including Destination America BBQ Pitmaster judge, Myron Mixon. Competing against 60 other professional cook teams was a tough way to start…

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    Big Green Egg,  Equipment,  Event Summary,  Proteins,  Recipes

    Smokin J’s Serves Exotic Meat at Eggtoberfest 2019

    Elk balls and wild boar balls were on Smokin J’s Barbeque’s menu at Eggtoberfest 2019 at Stone Mountain Park. Meatballs that is…. What is Eggtoberfest, you ask? It is an annual cooking event, held each October, in Atlanta, to celebrate the versatility of the Big Green Egg ceramic cooker. “Eggheads,” register months in advance for the opportunity to feed, over 3000 attendees, whatever culinary creations they can develop. The only requirement…food must be cooked on the Big Green Egg. Cooks spend plenty of money and time devising menus. No money is dispersed. The only reward is a friendly compliment or being recognized as the “People’s Choice,” for the day. What…

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    Competition Summary: Festival of Discovery

    The 19th Annual South Carolina Festival of Discovery proved to be a great competition for Smokin J’s Barbeque and the City of Greenwood. Just under 90 teams competed for over $12,500.00 in cash prizes for the best brisket, pork, ribs, dessert, hash and “anything goes,” categories. Despite not walking on stage, we are very satisfied with our results, considering the incredible array of professional cook teams at this event. How Our Numbers Stacked Up We are most proud of our pulled pork entry.   It was the number one box on our table! Our ribs favored almost as well; scoring 21st! One judge was way off the mark, as he gave…

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    Barbecue Competition: KCBS verses GBA

    We have completed our first KCBS {Kansas City Barbecue Society} barbecue competition and it was a whole different ballgame, compared to the GBA {Georgia Barbecue Association}, the sanctioning group to which we were accustomed.               There are a few significant differences between the two barbecue competition associations. Competition Meat The main difference between GBA and KCBS is the meat categories for barbecue 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…

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