Smokin J’s BBQ was founded in 2016, when Jeremy called his brother Josh with an offer: ownership in the new company he was starting in exchange for the cash to buy his first custom smoker.
Jeremy’s love for BBQ began while attending college in St. Louis and spending his weekends sampling the BBQ offerings across the midwest. Jeremy and his (now) wife Mckenzie met in Virginia and moved cross-country shortly after to pursue Jeremy’s culinary passion. The two relentlessly hauled their first little smoker all over town fighting grease fires and BBQ skeptics who didn’t believe they could get “real” BBQ in San Diego.
They were joined by Jeremy’s brother, Joshua, in the summer of 2018. In the final years of his athletic career, Joshua, a five-time Paralympic medalist and six-time world champion in wheelchair racing, moved to San Diego to take a more active role in Smokin J's.
The family establishment specializes in slow-smoked brisket, ribs, and pulled pork, with locations in Poway, Miramar, and now, the Gaslamp Quarter.