• 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…

  • Competitions,  Event Summary,  RV Travel

    Smokin J’s Barbeque Was Hot in Hazelhurst

    Three Rivers Festival It was bittersweet at the Three Rivers Festival in Haselhurst, Georiga this past weekend, as it was the 9th and final festival to be hosted by Jim Sewell, in the small southern town. Organizer Jim Sewell held back tears as he dropped the news on 23 Georgia Barbecue Association cook teams during Friday evening’s cooks meeting. “I really struggled with this decision specifically because of the many fine people I have met by putting on this contest,” lamented Jim. ” I will always be grateful to those who supported our contest over the years.” Doug and I are very sad about the demise of the Three Rivers Festival. Our…

  • 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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    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…

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