|Posted on September 25, 2018 at 8:15 PM|
Not exactly sure what blogging is all about but we felt like we'd give it a try!
Want to hear our story? Well...read on.
This has been a journey for sure but one that makes you look back and say "Did we really do THAT?".
From the Court to the Kitchen. Most of us dream of finding something that we love to do and then make a career of it. I've done just that! As a former tennis professional and coach and now the Pitmaster and proprietor behind Smokey J's BBQ, I've been lucky enough to do it TWICE. I played college tennis at Virginia Military Institute and moved on to graduate from Clemson. From there I moved to the Lake Norman area and became the assistant tennis pro at The Point Lake and Golf Club (now Trump National Charlotte). As my career advanced, I became the Director of Tennis at Skybrook Country Club and eventually back to Trump as the Director in the same capacity, all the while developing my proficiency in another hobby- BBQ!
My neighbors and friends would ask me to make different things for them on the smoker. I started entering BBQ competitions and found that I did really well in some. As the barbeque titles grew, I started thinking about what made them most sense for me and my family professionally. I have had a tennis racquet in my hand since I was probably 6 years old, I understandably, got a little burnt out. I figured at that point it was as good of a time as any to make a career move. As my wife will tell you..."If God tells you to jump, you jump - I'm not going to say no..."
Most people question why the food truck came first. Well, it was more practical, feesable, and it was a growing trend in the area. Since I had small kids at the time, I wanted more flexibility. The food truck hit the ground running in November of 2014.
We have catered hundreds of events from weddings to festivals, back yard barbeques to church events. Large and small we can handle just about anything you throw at us. We've done high school football games, street parties, teacher work days, car auctions, race team luncheons- you name it.
When the opportunity presented itself to open a brick and mortar location, again my wife said "Jump...lets just hope He's got a parachute for you..." We opened the restaurant in November of 2017 just 3 short years from trading in my tennis racquet for a spatchula! I am enjoying this journey each and every day. It is interesting and new every day. Most of all, I enjoy it because I get to do what I love and share it with you!