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    Competitions,  Event Summary

    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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    BBQ and Camping at the Smokin’ Flamingo BBQ and Music Festival

    Smokin J’s Barbeque spent five days camping 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…

  • SO YOU WANT TO COMPETE IN A PROFESSIONAL BBQ COMPETITION?
    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 every one has seen on television. TV glamorizes the competition, which is a blast – but it is very challenging and hard work. Every team that has won a trophy or money in 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…

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    Judging in the Georgia Barbecue Association

    If you like lip-licking, delicious barbecue prepared by some of the best competitive pit masters in the country, then you should consider registering as a judge in the Georgia Barbecue Association. Smokin J’s Barbeque are not only a professional cook team in the GBA, but we are also certified judges, for the association. We learned a tremendous amount during our training, which helped elevate our cooking game. Several opportunities are approaching if you want to become a judge in the GBA.  Prerequisites for Being a Judge You probably should love barbecue – lol! Like family – friendly events! Can dedicate a few weekends a year to enjoying fellowship with other…

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