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.