James Cruse

Pitmaster
Stockyard Landing

Arabi, LA

James has been barbecuing for over half of his life. After watching his Uncle Ronnie for years on the smoker during holiday gatherings, his uncle gave him a rib lesson. It's been 21 years and he has never looked back.

James got into competitive barbecue 12 years ago with his cousin Matthew after being inspired by holiday cookouts with his uncle many years before. He has since won numerous Grand Championships and hundreds of other awards.

He is currently the head cook for Stockyard Landing (new team name in honor of the history of his home team), Aporkalypse Now – NOLA (Hogs For The Cause), and Bluff City Smokers (Memphis In May). James is also a BCA (Barbecue Competitors Alliance www.bcabbq.org) competitor and competition class instructor.

Favorite Product

Oak Charcoal Briquettes

B&B Charcoal briquettes are made with no chemical additives, no fillers and are 100% natural lump charcoal. They burn clean, consistent, and hot for all your barbecue needs.