Josh’s deep-rooted passion for meat and meat processing originated as a freshman at the University of Georgia where he learned the butchering trade at the UGA Meat Science and Technology Center. He now uses his extensive meat knowledge to lead various innovative efforts in new product development at Smithfield Foods. This same knowledge also gives the HamTown Smokers team an edge in building complex flavors and smoking techniques that makes their barbeque a force to be reckoned with on the competition circuit.
Along with very good friends (JJ and Craig) and his wife (Heidi), they entered their first contest in 2017, where they were fortunate enough to receive 1st place in pork, 3rd place in ribs, and 10th place over. After this finish, the excitement level and passion quickly escalated. They finished their first year with 5 Top 10 finishes out of 6 contests which included 1 Reserve Grand Championship.