MEET THE CREW
Born in the historically barbecue rich state of Kansas, Pit Master Jay Austin's love of low and slow smoked brisket and pork began at an early age and followed him all the way to California. After moving to Los Angeles and pursuing other endeavors, the true calling of his heritage was too strong to be ignored, BBQ was in his blood. "I've always loved barbecue as it’s the one language everyone speaks." Jay decided it was time to hone his passion for the pit and transform it into a proficiency of the craft. First he designed and fabricated a custom made reverse flow "stick burning" smoker and christened it "FURY". With Fury up to temperature and smoking away, Jay collaborated with JP to develop a signature style of fusion BBQ which pulls from the vast cultural variety of one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world . After countless cooks spent pit-side he reached a point where it felt selfish not to share his food with the world and thus the concept of The Barbacoa Boyz was born.
You wouldn’t guess by looking at him but chef J.P. is of Mexican American decent. After traveling to South America in the early 2000s he returned home forever changed. “The Latin way is just better, family, food and fun take precedence over the grind of life”. Discouraged by the severe lack or South American representation in the Los Angeles food scene J.P. collaborated with Colombian chef Brandi Mooney and created “Comida”, LA's first Arepa Cart. The response was instantaneous, people loved the food and combination of flavors heretofore unavailable. With the success of Comida's Arepa Cart, J.P. started to brainstorm on a new concept that would incorporate methods and ingredients found in the asados of Latin America. Not a week later, he and Jay connected and within the next month they were blowing minds with the unique American south meets South America style at their first KCBS (Kansas City BBQ Society) competition.
Spending most of her life as a robust tank housing propane, the USS Barbacoa always had a feeling she was destined for more. Having served the purpose of her original design, the remainder of her existence was somewhat of an unknown. In her retirement she had let herself go a little and decided it was time for a change of pace. That’s when Eric from FatStacks came along. “Eric was the best thing that ever happened to me, I felt rekindled, pun intended”. With their expert craftsmanship, the FatStacks Smoker shop got her back on her feet, or wheels rather, and fully into shape. With a new mission firmly in hand, she has never looked back and enjoys the challenge of making every cook better than the last.