The Texas pitmaster has spent more than a decade refining his craft while proving his skills on the competition circuit. The massive growth of his ever-popular Up in Smoke BBQ catering business led to Junior and his family opening up the Up in Smoke restaurant in 2018 in Midland, Texas.
Junior has built a fanbase not just for his food, but for his personality. His fans cheered him on as he won the title of Texas champ on Destination America’s “BBQ Pitmasters” and again when he returned for an all-star season. The long hours have all been worth it as Junior gets to do what he loves every day. And that’s cooking.