In the beginning, the “Just Smokin Around” team didn’t know what our destiny would be, but, we ventured enthusiastically into the world of competition BBQ . From our first unsanctioned, competition in fall of 2006 at the Trinity School in Frederick, Maryland, we knew we were hooked and wanted more.
2007 brought a first full year filled with twist and turns and surprise. We endured the record cold low temperature at our first KCBS competition, Pork in the Park in Salisbury, MD; then, we went on to bring home the Grand Championship at the Beltway BBQ Showdown in Landover, MD. We took First Place in ribs at the Chesapeake Bay BBQ Cook-Off in Stevensville, MD to near record heat the BBQ Bash in Bel Air, MD. The GC in Landover brought us an invitation and opportunity to cook against the best teams in barbecue at two of the most prestigious BBQ competitions in the world, the Invitational at the American Royal in Kansas City, MO and Jack Daniels World Championship in Lynchburg, TN. What an incredible first year adventure for a couple of guys who were Just Smokin’ Around – from our first ever KCBS event to the Crown Jewel of BBQ, the Jack, where we brought home Second Place in Barbecue Sauce, edged out by team Switzerland by a mere 4 10,000th of a point.
After the whirlwind ride of 2007, we moved into 2008 looking for more fun and adventure, ending the season in September winning the Grand Championship at Pickin’ in the Panhandle in Hedgesville, WV. This gives us the opportunity to once again test our skills, competing against the best teams in the world, at the American Royal Invitational and the Jack Daniels World Championship in 2009 . The adventure continues ...
We’re having fun Just Smokin’ Around.