Rescue Smokers are a BBQ team comprised of great friends that are more like family. The team consists of Robby & Stephanie Royal, Raymond & Amy Poore, and Billy & Joyce Caton. Our children are also a big part of our team. Our team was initially put together to cook the “BIG PIG JIG” in Vienna, GA annually. We have since started to cook not only MBN, but are now doing GBA, FBA, and KCBS events. This year we are cooking around 20 competitions. Our main goal at any competition is to make new friends who also love BBQ. Our team is family oriented and versatile, there is no “I” in team. We have great team work and if one or two members are missing on any given weekend the others take up the slack. We really gel as a team due to the fact we don’t focus on winning. Our motto is “Have fun and the rest takes care of itself” and “It is what it is”.
How did you come up with the team name? Our name “Rescue Smokers” came about because all of the men on the team work in public service and all volunteer for our counties Fire/Rescue. Robby is a Paramedic, Raymond is Georgia Forestry, and Billy is a Firefighter.
Where does the team call home? Sycamore, GA
When did the team come together? Our team was initially started in January 2007.
Who were the founding members? Robby & Stephanie Royal and Raymond & Amy Poore.
What is the furthest you have travelled for a BBQ competition? Sebring, FL (354 Miles) FBA Event
Have you won any competitions? We have won 9 Grand Championships and 2 Reserve Grand Championships with all but one Grand coming in the past 10 months. We have won grand in the Georgia BBQ Association, Florida BBQ Association, and KCBS this year. Our goal is to add a MBN Grand for the BBQ Grand Slam in a single year!
Does your team have a specialty? We probably don’t have a specialty, we are very consistent in all four meat categories from cook to cook. We have great team work due to the fact we don’t focus on winning, our number one goal at a contest is to have fun, enjoy great fellowship with our families and other BBQ teams. I would say that’s been the secret to our success this year!
What is the strangest / best / worst thing that has happened to you or your team since you have been in BBQ competitions? The best thing that has happened to our team is our success this calendar year. We won the 2010 Georgia BBQ Association “State Championship” in Fort Valley, GA September 10-11 and were also awarded the 2010 GBA Team of the Year & a new STUMPS BABY SMOKER for winning the 2010 points race. We are currently ranked #25 in the National BBQ Rankings out of over 5000 teams!
The worst thing that has happened is we had a blow out on our cook trailer three events in a row this year heading to the cooks.
Many teams seem to do catering as well do you? We do also cater a variety of events. 229-222-1070 or 229-567-5212
For the people that BBQ home do you have any BBQ tips? LOW & SLOW
When you find a flavor profile that works, stick with it until it doesn’t.
If your scoring is not consistent, make minor changes to your recipes, not big ones.
STUMP’s SMOKERS(Stretch) and BUBBA GRILL’s(Hog Cooker)
Do you have a recipe or two that you would like to share? The best recipe we have is: Fun+Consistency+Corteousy=WINNER LOL
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