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MEET THE CREW

 
Jay (Smoke)

Jay (Smoke)

 
Our Beginning

Our Beginning

 
USS Barbacoa

USS Barbacoa

 

Born in the historically barbecue rich state of Kansas, Pit Master Jay Austin's love of low and slow smoked brisket and pulled pork began at an early age and followed him all the way to California, "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 so he called upon his like minded friends to form up a competition BBQ team. From there Jay collaborated with his fellow team members 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 - Los Angeles. Jay started as the Captain of The Barbacoa Boyz Competition BBQ team and carries the torch on today as the owner and operator of The Barbacoa Boyz catering company. What began as friends with a love of BBQ has grown to the point of catering parties and weddings all over California and serving thousands of NFL RAMS and USC Trojan fans inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the football season.

 

The “Boyz” started out as a competition BBQ team made up of friends who all share a passion for great food that brings people together. This picture is their first KCBS (Kansas City BBQ Society) competition where they debuted their signature style of American South meets South American BBQ.

 

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 FatStack Smokers came along. “Eric was the best thing that ever happened to me, I felt rekindled, pun intended”. With their expert craftsmanship, the FatStack 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.