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Oct 21 2012

Jethro’s Cooking Crew Takes Grand at The Hog Jam!

Jethro’s Cooking Crew Takes Grand at The Hog Jam!

Blairsville, GA, The Lodge at Copperhead – (by Greg Hoyt) The North Georgia Mountains were smoky the weekend of October 12-13.  The Hog Jam at The Lodge at Copperhead just outside of Blairsville, GA was the northern most GBA Contest to date – barely 14 miles from the Georgia-North Carolina State line.

The owners, staff and friends of The Lodge at Copperhead rolled out the red carpet Friday night starting with heavy Hors d’oeuvres an open bar and a rock’n band on the back porch at the Lodge.  The food was fabulous; the drinks were great, the music was wonderful.  Everything our hosts planned for Friday night set the perfect atmosphere for fellowship that is always part of a great GBA Weekend. Anthony, Michelle, Jerry and Paula all worked tirelessly to be sure that everything ran smoothly through the awards on Saturday.

Pitmaster Jeff Schram and Jethro’s Cooking Crew arrived late Friday evening.  Once they got set up, they set the pace for a field of GBA Teams that included Smok’n Willy Squealers, Bubba Grills, The Pampered Pig, Rufus Smokehouse BBQ, Old Henry’s BBQ, Onsite Ribs, Smokn’ 42 and Natural Born Smokers.

Friday Night ancillary winners were: Sauce – Smokn’Q and Onsite Ribs, Stew – Smokin Willy Squealers, Wild Game – Onsite Ribs, Dessert – Rufus Smokehouse, and Bloody Mary – Onsite Ribs.

Saturday morning cookers poured smoke into the mist coming off of the mountains.  Bright sun and mild temperatures burned the mist off early as everyone had a great time cooking to win one of the unique locally made pig trophies.

Four teams double finaled: The Pampered Pig (Loin and Pulled Pork), Jethro’s Cooking Crew (Loin and Ribs), Bubba Grills (Loin and Ribs) Smokin’Willy Squealers (Ribs and Pulled Pork).

Jethro’s Cooking Crew won the Hog Jam Grand Championship with their Ribs.  After years of supporting the GBA as a cook and past President, it was Pitmaster Jeff Schram’s first GBA Grand Championship.  A strong cook by Smokin’Willy Squealers brought the Reserve Champion trophy to Carl and Mary Williams.

Full results are here:

PORK LOIN
*  score from finals
1 592.1  * Jethros.’s Cooking Crew
2 586.8  * Bubba Grills
3 580.9  * The Pampered Pig
4 585.4 Old Henry’s BBQ
5 582.4 Smokin Willy Squealers
6 579.7 Natural Born Smokers
7 577.9 Smokin’ 42 BBQ
8 570.7 Rufus Smokehouse BBQ
9 563 Onsite Ribs

 

PULLED PORK
*  score from finals
1 595.4  * Smokin Willy Squealers
2 589.5  * Onsite Ribs
3 578.6  * The Pampered Pig
4 588.5 Jethros.’s Cooking Crew
5 584.39 Natural Born Smokers
6 582.9 Smokin’ 42 BBQ
7 581 Old Henry’s BBQ
8 571.1 Bubba Grills
9 560.3 Rufus Smokehouse BBQ

 

RIBS
*  score from finals
1 596.7  * Jethro’s Cooking Crew
2 594.8  * Bubba Grills
3 584  * Smokin Willy Squealers
4 586.3 The Pampered Pig
5 583.9 Smokin’ 42 BBQ
6 572.7 Rufus Smokehouse BBQ
7 571.7 Old Henry’s BBQ
8 570.5 Onsite Ribs
9 554.1 Natural Born Smokers

 

Overall Preliminary Scores
Ribs Pulled Loin Total
1 Jethros.’s Cooking Crew 591.8 588.5 593.4 1773.7
2 Smokin Willy Squealers 591.5 594.2 582.4 1768.1
3 The Pampered Pig 586.3 590.2 587.3 1763.8
4 Bubba Grills 599.7 571.1 588.2 1759
5 Smokin’ 42 BBQ 583.9 582.9 577.9 1744.7
6 Old Henry’s BBQ 571.7 581 585.4 1738.1
7 Onsite Ribs 570.5 594.5 563 1728
8 Natural Born Smokers 554.1 584.39 579.7 1718.2
9 Rufus Smokehouse BBQ 572.7 560.3 570.7 1703.7

 

The GBA Pro teams were joined by a small but very talented group of backyard teams,  Diggen Q, Rollin Smoker, Screaming Eagles BBQ, Wilber’s Been Smokin’ Somethin’ and Smokin Q BBQ.  These teams received the full “Pro” experience from meat check-in to judging by certified Judges, comment cards through the awarding of the backyard Grand and Reserve Champion.  The caliber of product turned out by the backyard teams was extraordinary.  On the backyard side, Diggen Q was Grand Champion with Rollin Smoker taking Reserve.

 

Copperhead Lodge Backyard
RIBS   Pulled Pork   Pork Loin
1 590.8 Diggen Que 1 586.5 Diggen Que 1 578.5 Wilbur’s Been Smokin’ Somethin’
2 585.2 Screaming Eagle BBQ 2 585.2 Screaming Eagle BBQ 2 577.9 Rollin Smoker
3 581.3 Rollin Smoker 3 582.9 Rollin Smoker 3 575.9 Diggen Que
4 570 Wilbur’s Been Smokin’ Somethin’ 4 564.2 Smokin Q BBQ 4 565.7 Screaming Eagle BBQ
5 560.69 Wilbur’s Been Smokin’ Somethin’

 

Reserve Scores
Ribs Pulled Loin Total
1 Diggen Que 590.8 586.5 575.9 1753.2
2 Rollin Smoker 581.3 582.9 577.9 1742.1
3 Screaming Eagle BBQ 585.2 585.2 565.7 1736.1
4 Wilbur’s Been Smokin’ Somethin’ 570 560.69 578.5 1709.2
5 Smokin Q BBQ 0 564.2 0 564.2

Sep 10 2012

Smokin Grill Captures GBA State Championship

GBA State Champions – Smokin’ Grill BBQ

Thirty six of the best BBQ pitmasters in the state gathered in Fort Valley on September 7-8, 2012 for the 7th Annual ComSouth Hambone Jam and the GBA State Championship.  The cook teams arrived to find a new venue for the competition at the new Festival Park.  The new setup was a huge hit with the cook teams with 50 amp power & water at each cook site.

With a score of 599.4 in Loin Finals, Smokin’ Grill BBQ, pitmaster Sta C Hale, captured the Grand Championship and the GBA State Championship. The champions clamed a cash award of $3,000 for the Grand Championship. The team was also awarded a 36″ semi-insulated smoker from Jack’s Old South Smokers, an invitation to the World Food Championships in Las Vegas, NV and $1,000 in travel money from the GBA. This was the first Grand Championship for Smokin’ Grill BBQ.

Reserve Grand Champion – Smokin’ AJs

Smokin’ AJs  was named Reserve Grand Champion for the highest overall cumulative score in the preliminary rounds with a first place in Pork and second place in Loin.

Following Smokin’ AJ’s in the Pork category was 5 O’clock Somewhere in second place.  Cook’s Portable Smokehouse recorded a perfect score of 600 in the Pork preliminary round and took 3rd place in the finals.  Rounding out the top five were D.W.’s Kountry Cookers and Budmiesters. This was the first GBA competition for Budmiesters.

PULLED PORK
*=Final round score
1 599.1* Smokin-AJ’s
2 590.9* 5 O-Clock Somewhere
3 590.2* Cook’s Portable Smokehouse
4 595.4 D.W.s Kountry Cookers
5 595.1 Budmeisters
6 592.8 Smokinwilly Squealer’s
7 591.5 Smokey Butts
8 590.9 Sauced Hogs Smoke Shack
9 590.5 AnarQue
10 589.6 Smarr Cooking Crew
11 586.3 Big D’s Firehouse Smokers
12 585.9 Bethel Smokers
13 585.9 BS-n-Jess
14 585.6 Holy Smokers BBQ
15 585.4 Smoke Risin
16 584.5 L J Smokin
17 584.2 Holy Smokes
18 583.4 BBQ Monster
19 581 Ray Scott Outdoors
20 579.3 Jus’ Plain Smokin’
21 577.4 Law Dawg BBQ
22 577.4 Shade Tree Smokers
23 575.5 Sunset Smokers
24 575.2 How does that make you feel?
25 574.9 SmokinGrill BBQ
26 573.3 Smokin’ 42 BBQ
27 573.1 Aunt Mary’s BBQ Brigade
28 572 Pampered Pig, The
29 569.9 Dixie Que
30 569.7 Houston Hawg Hustlers
31 569.6 Bubba Grills
32 568.9 Old Henry’s BBQ
33 567.9 ComSouth BBQ Cook Team
34 566.8 Road Kill Kafe
35 560.5 Com South Oinkers

 

Smokin’ Grill BBQ took first place in Loin followed by Smokin’ AJs.  Third place went to Smokin’ 42 BBQ.  Sauced Hogs Smokeshack took home fouth place with D.W’s Kountry Cookers in fifth place

 

PORK LOIN
* = Final round score
1 599.4* SmokinGrill BBQ
2 591.2* Smokin-AJ’s
3 589.9* Smokin’ 42 BBQ
4 591.8 Sauced Hogs Smoke Shack
5 590.5 D.W.s Kountry Cookers
6 589.5 Law Dawg BBQ
7 589.5 Smarr Cooking Crew
8 588.2 5 O-Clock Somewhere
9 586.2 L J Smokin
10 584.8 Aunt Mary’s BBQ Brigade
11 584.5 Jus’ Plain Smokin’
12 583.5 Holy Smokers BBQ
13 582.5 Big D’s Firehouse Smokers
14 582 Smokinwilly Squealer’s
15 579.7 Sunset Smokers
16 578.9 Cook’s Portable Smokehouse
17 578.5 Budmeisters
18 578.1 Old Henry’s BBQ
19 577.7 How does that make you feel?
20 577.6 Dixie Que
21 576.9 Smoke Risin
22 576.6 Holy Smokes
23 575 ComSouth BBQ Cook Team
24 572.9 BS-n-Jess
25 572.4 Shade Tree Smokers
26 572 Bubba Grills
27 571.4 Houston Hawg Hustlers
28 569.7 AnarQue
29 567.5 Smokey Butts
30 563.5 BBQ Monster
31 562.9 Bethel Smokers
32 556.9 Com South Oinkers
33 555.5 Pampered Pig, The

 

Smokin’ 42 BBQ

The top entry in Ribs for the contest was turned in by Smokin’ 42 BBQ with The Pampered Pig as runnerup. Rounding out the top five were Bethel Smokers, Bubba Grills and Smokin’ Grill BBQ.

RIBS
* = Final round score
1 595.7* Smokin’ 42 BBQ
2 591.5* Pampered Pig, The
3 586.6* Bethel Smokers
4 592.7 Bubba Grills
5 592.4 SmokinGrill BBQ
6 591.9 Dixie Que
7 591.8 Budmeisters
8 591.7 Sunset Smokers
9 591.2 Smokey Butts
10 589.8 ComSouth BBQ Cook Team
11 587.3 AnarQue
12 584.9 Big D’s Firehouse Smokers
13 584.5 Smarr Cooking Crew
14 584.5 Sauced Hogs Smoke Shack
15 584.2 Cook’s Portable Smokehouse
16 583.9 Old Henry’s BBQ
17 582.8 Smokin-AJ’s
18 581.2 Houston Hawg Hustlers
19 577.3 Drive By Smokers
20 577.2 BBQ Monster
21 577 Holy Smokes
22 575.1 5 O-Clock Somewhere
23 573.1 Ray Scott Outdoors
24 573 Law Dawg BBQ
25 572.1 L J Smokin
26 571.7 Holy Smokers BBQ
27 570 Smokinwilly Squealer’s
28 569.4 Shade Tree Smokers
29 564.6 D.W.s Kountry Cookers
30 562.4 Jus’ Plain Smokin’
31 561.5 Smoke Risin
32 560.3 How does that make you feel?
33 557.9 Aunt Mary’s BBQ Brigade
34 555.3 BS-n-Jess
35 513.5 Com South Oinkers

The GBA thanks Mayor Stumbo and the City of Fort Valley for their commitment to providing a first class site for the GBA State Championships. The GBA also thanks ComSouth and the Hambone Jam organizing committee for hosting a great contest.

Reserve Scores preliminary rounds only
Ribs Pulled Loin Total
1 Smokin-AJ’s 582.8 595.7 597.7 1776.2
2 Sauced Hogs Smoke Shack 584.5 590.9 591.8 1767.2
3 Budmeisters 591.8 595.1 578.5 1765.4
4 Smarr Cooking Crew 584.5 589.6 589.5 1763.6
5 Cook’s Portable Smokehouse 584.2 600 578.9 1763.1
6 5 O-Clock Somewhere 575.1 599.7 588.2 1763
7 SmokinGrill BBQ 592.4 574.9 593.1 1760.4
8 Smokin’ 42 BBQ 593.6 573.3 592.5 1759.4
9 Big D’s Firehouse Smokers 584.9 586.3 582.5 1753.7
10 D.W.s Kountry Cookers 564.6 595.4 590.5 1750.5
11 Smokey Butts 591.2 591.5 567.5 1750.2
12 AnarQue 587.3 590.5 569.7 1747.5
13 Sunset Smokers 591.7 575.5 579.7 1746.9
14 Smokinwilly Squealer’s 570 592.8 582 1744.8
15 Bethel Smokers 595.5 585.9 562.9 1744.3
16 L J Smokin 572.1 584.5 586.2 1742.8
17 Holy Smokers BBQ 571.7 585.6 583.5 1740.8
18 Law Dawg BBQ 573 577.4 589.5 1739.9
19 Dixie Que 591.9 569.9 577.6 1739.4
20 Holy Smokes 577 584.2 576.6 1737.8
21 Bubba Grills 592.7 569.6 572 1734.3
22 ComSouth BBQ Cook Team 589.8 567.9 575 1732.7
23 Old Henry’s BBQ 583.9 568.9 578.1 1730.9
24 Jus’ Plain Smokin’ 562.4 579.3 584.5 1726.2
25 BBQ Monster 577.2 583.4 563.5 1724.1
26 Smoke Risin 561.5 585.4 576.9 1723.8
27 Houston Hawg Hustlers 581.2 569.7 571.4 1722.3
28 Pampered Pig, The 595.1 572 555.5 1722.6
29 Shade Tree Smokers 569.4 577.4 572.4 1719.2
30 Aunt Mary’s BBQ Brigade 557.9 573.1 584.8 1715.8
31 BS-n-Jess 555.3 585.9 572.9 1714.1
32 How does that make you feel? 560.3 575.2 577.7 1713.2
33 Com South Oinkers 513.5 560.5 556.9 1630.9
34 Ray Scott Outdoors 573.1 581 0 1154.1
35 Drive By Smokers 577.3 0 0 577.3
36 Road Kill Kafe 0 566.8 0 566.8

Feb 12 2012

Holy Smokes Takes Title at Piece Co. Pig Pickin’

Grand Champion Holy Smokes

Blackshear, GA – Can you smell what Holy Smokes is cooking?  At the Pierce Co. Pig Pickin’, it smelled like perfection as Gary & Dionn Lanton tallied a perfect 600 score in Pork Loin Finals to claim the Grand Championship & the unique title belt trophy.   D.W.’s Kountry Cookers and Jack’s New South tied for the highest cumulative score from the preliminary rounds.  The teams were still tied after the first tiebreaker, the total of taste scores from the three categories. On the second tiebreaker, total of overall impression scores, D.W.’s Kountry Cookers had a 1 point advantage and took home the Reserve Grand Championship.

Reserve Grand Champion D.W.'s Kountry Cookers

The perfect 600 score gave Holy Smokes first in Pork Loin. D.W.’s Kountry Cookers came in second. Holy Smokers & Jack’s New South finished third & fourth respectively. Sauced Hogs Smoke Shack edged out The Pampered Pig for fifth place after going to the third tiebreaker, the most number of 10’s awarded in the category.

In Pork, D.W.’s Kountry Cookers tallied a near perfect 599.1 score to capture the first place trophy. Jack’s New South was second with Smokin’ AJ’s in third. The Pampered Pig, cooking in their first GBA contest , continued their strong showing claiming fourth place.  There was also a tie for fifth place in Pork with Fat Boys Smoking BBQ edging out Sauced Hog Smoke Shack on the second tiebreaker.

First Place Ribs Jack's New South

Jack’s New South also had a near perfect score of 599.1 to win the Ribs category with Rescue Smokers as runner-up. Bethel Smokers, D.W.s Kountry Cookers & Sunset Smokers rounded out the top five.