215 S. Broad Street    Mooresville, NC  704-746-9173 

Smokey J's BBQ

A whole lot of Memphis with a Carolina twist!

Our Story

We've loved every minute of our journey

From The Court to the Kitchen

Most of us dream of finding something we love to do and making a career of it.  Jamey Lowe, a former tennis pro and coach and now the Pitmaster and proprietor behind Smokey J's BBQ, has made that happen twice in his life.

A collegiate tennis player Virginia Military Institute, Jamey Lowe moved on to graduate from Clemson then to the Lake Norman area to serve as the assistant  tennis professional  at The Point Lake and Golf Club (now Trump National Charlotte).  As his career advanced - taking him to Skybrook Swim and Racquet as Director of Tennis then eventually back to Trump National as the Director in the same capacity, he was developing his proficiency in a new hobby.

"Neighbors and friends started asking me to make different things for them.  And I started entering BBQ competitions and found I did really well in some!"

As barbecue titles grew, Lowe began assessing what made the most sense for him professionally.  "I've had a tennis racket in my hand since I was probably 6 years old, and understandably got a little burned out." 

At that point he figured it was as good of a time as any to try barbeque as a career.


While many would think a restaurant would be the FIRST step, Lowe was more practical.  "The cheapest way to do it was a food truck, which was a growing trend.  Working for myself and having small children, I wanted more flexibility." says Lowe, who left Trump National in September 2014 and opened his food truck in November. 

A Whole Lot of Memphis with a Carolina Twist!
"My wife is from Memphis.  They have some of the best BBQ I've ever eaten.  Memphis and Kansas City are the barbecue capitals, although I am sure Texas would disagree.
Her dad was a competitor in the Memphis in May Barbecue Contest and makes some AMAZING ribs!  I asked him to teach me how to make barbecue like him, and he did."

The bright orange Smokey J's BBQ food truck has been rolling since November 2014.  Catering hundreds of events, feeding festival goers, and satisfying food truck followers from the initial launch. 


When the opportunity landed in Lowe's lap to open a brick and mortar location, he jumped a the chance.  Smokey J's BBQ at 215 S. Main Street in Mooresville opened November 2017, just 3 short years from the initial swap from tennis racquet to spatchula!