Smokin J’s Barbeque enjoyed Canton’s inaugural Georgia Barbecue Association sanctioned BBQ & Brews Festival. 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 welcomed. Free food, beer and massages Friday night; then sausage biscuits with coffee Saturday morning exclusively for the cook teams were very much appreciated.
Smokin J’s BBQ was recognized for being the first cooking application registered for the event with a gift bucket full of local beer, glasses and gadgets.
The top 10 teams received a cash prize and a call to the stage in each professional category.
We finished 16th for loin but learned a lot about cooking this difficult piece of meat. Will make some slight adjustments for next week. Trying a different style of rib this week did not prove to be a good move, only placing 20th. Will go back to our original game plan. However, a 9th place walk to the stage in pulled pork was a relief. We received perfect scores from 3 judges for our pulled pork, so we know we are on the right track. Two judges loved our ribs, but we know we can do better. Overall, Smokin J’s BBQ learned alot about our flavor and technique.
Congratulations to Robbie Royal and Rescue Smoker’s for yet another Grand Championship. Winning in the ribs and pulled pork categories, significantly prove they are the team to beat for the Team of the Year. Congratulations to Just Blowing Smoke, who impressed everyone as they scored almost perfect in loin and pulled pork reserve calculations.