Dr. Joshua Shook

The Meat Doctor
HamTown Smokers

Smithfield, VA

HamTown Smokers competition BBQ team is based out of Smithfield VA – The Ham Capital of the World – and is led by Pitmaster Dr. Joshua Shook, aka The Meat Doctor (per Tuffy Stone). Josh holds a Food Science Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University where he specialized in meat science and muscle biology.

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.

Favorite Product

Natural Lump Charcoal

B&B Charcoal produces a range of lump charcoal including mesquite, oak and hickory. The unique production process creates a long, hot burning lump charcoal.