Fernandina Beach, FL – L J Smokin’ Wins First Grand at Fernandina Beach
Pitmaster Larry Johns of L J Smokin’ captured his first Grand Championship at GBA Goin’ Coastal in Fernandina Beach, FL. The team’s rib finals entry was judged the best of the day just 0.3 of a point ahead of the rib entry by D.W.’s Kountry Cookers. It was the first Georgia Barbecue Association (GBA) contest outside the state of Georgia. D.W.’s Kountry Cookers continued their climb to the top of the GBA Team of the Year standings by taking home the Reserve Grand Championship.
L J Smokin’ won the Pork Loin Category with Legal Smoke BBQ as runner up and Smokin’ the Good Stuff in third place. It went to the second tiebreaker to award 4th place to Team Two Eggheads with Rib Ranch taking 5th place.
In Pulled Pork, Bethel Smokers took first place honors. D.W.’s Kountry Cookers came in 2nd place. Third place went to Sunset Smokers. Bubba Grills and Legal Smoke BBQ finished in 4th & 5th respectively.
L J Smokin’s Ribs topped the field just ahead of D.W’s Kountry Cookers. Bubba Grills came in third. Legal Smoke BBQ took 4th place to give Pitmaster Nathan Deaton a top 5 finish in all three categories. Smokin’ 42 BBQ rounded out the top 5.