Smokin J’s in the GBA

Smokin J’s Barbeque has completed our FORTH year in the Georgia Barbecue Association.

Although we did not cook in any competitions this year, both of us enjoyed judging at several contest this year.

Smokin J’s Barbeque will kick off the 2017 – 2018 season by competing at Smokin Up The Mountains  in East Ellijay, Georgia, Labor Day weekend.

Smokin Up The Mountains GBA

Smokin J’s Barbeque Team

Smokin J’s Barbeque consist of husband and wife team, Doug and JoAnn Johnson.

We compete and cook exclusively on ceramic, Kamado-style vessels.

A kamado is a traditional Japanese wood or charcoal fueled cook stove.

Pit Master, Doug started cooking on this vessel after attending a cooking festival, which featured these vessels.

After buying his first vessel and honing his skills, it became routine to prepare meat and food for family events.

Competition cooking was the natural next step.

Bypassing the “Cooking For Fun” events, Doug convinced JoAnn, they should jump head first into professional cook-offs.

Smokin J’s Barbeque Joins the GBA

Since purchasing our first smoker in 2007, we have purchased three more in order to compete at a professional level.

Our first competition was in Richland, Georgia; where  we froze our butts off cooking under tents.

Our Georgia Barbecue Association education started immediately when we placed in the final round for ribs.

Smokin J's Barbeque

Our very first competition and we advanced to the final round!

Smokin J's Barbeque Richland Pig Fest

Third place trophy in our very FIRST competition!

 THE BARBECUE BUG WAS CAUGHT!

Starting our 5th year of professional barbecue competition, we consider ourselves veterans.

Georgia Barbecue Association Family

We have met some wonderful people within the barbecue world.

Unlike other organizations, the GBA truly is a FAMILY.

This weekend was the GBA awards banquet and it was wonderful to see so many people hugging and eating together as if we were at a family reunion.

Although we did not cook this past season, we enjoyed judging many contest and celebrating the distribution of team awards.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE AWARD RECIPIENTS!

Here are just a few photos from the banquet

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Smokin J’s has come a long way in just four years!  We look forward to the 2017-2018 season!

Smokin J's Barbeque

When we started, we had two tents and a pick up truck.

Smokin J's Barbeque

Now, we have a nice rig and a place to cook, out of the mud.

 

 

 

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