Competition Teams

Southern Q is all about building the best smokers & trailers at affordable prices for competition cooks, vendors and backyard enthusiasts. The measure of our success is the number of teams who are winning every weekend with entries cooked in our smokers and prepared in our trailers. Meet some of our Southern Q family:

QSB - Multiple Grand Champion and 180 pin winner

Que'n, Stew'n & Brew'n - Acworth, GA

Founder Scott's team is the reigning Sam's Club National BBQ Tour Champion for 2017.

Team Members: Scott, Lynn and Christopher Smith
Smoker: Southern Q 500 Water Smoker
Trailer: QSB  Porch Trailer
Proudest Accomplishments: Sam's Club National Champion, 2017
  KCBS TOTY - 1st Chicken, 2nd Rib, 2nd Pork, 2015
  Multiple 180's for all meats and 700's in KCBS
  1st place in 3 meats + Grand, Rome GA 2017
  Back to back Grands at Cleveland GA, Calhoun GA & Sam's locals

The Pit Crew GA - Newnan, GA

Tina and Bobby like to purchase a shiny new QSB trailer every year, in their signature bright yellow. The Pit Crew grew from humble beginnings, cooking backyard events on bullets out of a rented Uhaul. They have moved up through several Southern Q smokers and trailers to their current configuration of a Limo mounted on a porch trailer.

Team Members: Tina, Bobby & Cody Cannon
Smoker: Southern Q Limo
Trailer: Southern Q porch trailer
Proudest Accomplishments: $10,000 Winner, American Grilled "Southern Char" episode
Georgia BBQ Championship Team of the Year, 2015
  Grand Champion, Barnesville GA (FBA)
Grand Champion, Daphne AL (SAMS)
  Day 2 GC and overall Grand Champion, Rome GA (KCBS Double)
The Pit Crew - GA
Reserve Grand, The Jack, 2012

Swiggin' Pig - Nashville, TN

Barry, his father and Riley the Golden Retriever have been a fixture on the KCBS circuit for many years. Known for preparing steaks at Friday night cook's potlucks, Barry was instrumental in the development of the custom Southern Q grill.

Swiggin' Pig's Limo Elite took them all the way to The Jack in 2012, and brought home the Reserve Grand!

Team Members: Barry Johnson, Mike Johnson & Riley
Smoker: Southern Q "Panda Q" Grill, Southern Q Limo
Trailer: Custom triple axle 5th wheel cargo
Proudest Accomplishments: Reserve Grand Champion, Jack Daniel's World Championship 2012
Grand Champion, Henderson, TN (SAMS Regional)
  Multiple 180's in every KCBS category
  27 Grand Championships

Smokin' Aces at - Grand Haven, MI

As the owner of, Mark spends a lot of time testing competition barbecue products. When he decided to try cooking hot & fast, he chose a Southern Q 250 water smoker - a perfect fit for his toy hauler RV.

Team Members: Mark Rasmussen
Smoker: Southern Q 250 Water Smoker, Southern Q Limo
Trailer: Toy hauler
Recent Wins: Reserve Grand Champion, Marne MI
Grand Champion, Auburn Hills, MI
Grand Champion, Newaygo, MI
Smokin' Aces Crap Shoot BBQ
J&B's BBQ, Georgia BBQ Championship Team of the Year

J&B's BBQ - Lawrenceville, GA

Head cook Beth Mewborn and her husband Justin started out strong with two Grands in their first year on the backyard circuit, and they've never looked back. Despite the scheduling limitations of her day job teaching school, Beth has set records as the first woman to win the Georgia BBQ Championship and the highest finishing female pitmaster at the World Food Championships.

Since both J&Bs and the Pit Crew are captained by women, the Wings Over North Georgia double contest in 2016 ended up being a showdown between the two ladies  The result was a split decision with each team winning one day. The common denominator? Both teams cooked on a Southern Q smoker.

Team Members: Beth, Justin and Olivia Mewborn
Smoker: Southern Q 125 water smoker,  Southern Q Limo Jr
Trailer: Enclosed cargo trailer
Recent Wins: Georgia BBQ Championship Team of the Year, 2016
1st Chicken, 2nd Rib, 1st Pork, GBC 2016
  2nd Pork, World Food Championships 2016
  Day 1 GC and Reserve Grand overall, Rome GA (KCBS Double)
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