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    Judging in the Georgia Barbecue Association

      If you like lip-licking, delicious barbecue prepared by some of the best competitive pitmasters in the country, then you should consider judging barbecue in the Georgia Barbecue Association. Smokin J’s Barbeque is 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 barbecue connoisseurs. Class attendees…

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    Towns Bluff Campground Barbecue Festival

    Enjoyed a beautiful weekend at Towns Bluff Campground and Heritage Center in Hazlehurst, Georgia. Mother nature was wonderful to 28 GBA professional cook teams as they battled it out for the best in pork loin, pulled pork, and pork ribs. The RV park/campground is a comfortable location for the teams, large enough to accommodate cooking rigs but intimate enough to enjoy fellowship among competitors. I give thanks for all the friendships we (Smokin J’s Barbeque) have acquired through the Georgia Barbecue Association. Comfort at Towns Bluff RV Park On the Altamaha River and the Bullard Creek Wildlife Management Area, the Heritage Center has a small wildlife museum representing native animals…

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    Smokin J’s Barbeque at Canton’s First BBQ and Brews

    Smokin J’s Barbeque at BBQ & Brews Smokin J’s Barbeque enjoyed Canton’s first BBQ and Brews Festival, sanctioned by the Georgia Barbecue Association. Competing were 22 professional teams and 19 cooking for fun teams battling for cash money and recognition. Downtown Main Street featured live music, local craft beer, food trucks, and our sanctioned BBQ event. Proceeds benefit #ForCanton, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting poverty, homelessness, and hunger in the city of Canton. Gary Lamb, Pastor of Action Church, did an incredible job keeping all the competing teams satisfied and fed. The hospitality of Gary and Sarah Gregorcyk made all the teams feel welcome. Free food, beer, and massages…

  • Big Green Egg
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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 competition weekend 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. Barbecue Competition is Tough The competition was fierce but points leader, Rescue Smokers took the Grand Champion trophy for the day…

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    Monsoon at Smokin’ Pork N’ Butts

    Kudos to the 28 teams who endured the monsoon-like conditions at the 2015 Smokin Pork N’ Butts competition. It was a wet, muddy mess. Despite the weather, the band played on… literally, and we managed to get 7th place in the Loin category! Our best finish to date, in the loin category. We tried a different technique and injection for our pork loin. Surprisingly, it resulted in a succulent, juicy loin, which scored very well with the judges.

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