Enjoyed a beautiful weekend at Towns Bluff Park 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.
On the Altamaha River and the Bullard Creek Wildlife Management Area, the Heritage Center has a small wildlife museum representing native animals and culture of the area. The Altamaha River, designated by the Nature Conservancy as one of the 75 “Last Great Places in the World,” has a boat launch right behind the Heritage Center for those campers who bring along their fishing pole. Quiet and tranquil, campers will love the peaceful nature and spacious campsites. Those who prefer to use a tent, a full service bath house with showers is available in the center of the campground. Picnic tables and fire rings are available at every reasonably priced site. A dump station and 50 amp power is available for larger RV’s.
Although Smokin J’s Barbeque did not receive any award accolades for our barbecue, we felt we had a good cook. No major issues with the Big Green Egg family, cook times were accurate and flavor was appealing; nevertheless, the competition was tough and several competitive teams were not in the top three for the competition. Our loin was judged the best on the table by one judge and our pulled pork was judged the best on the table by one judge. However, Rescue Smokers was 3rd best; Bull Rush was 2nd; and Budmeisters was first place.