Smokin' Yankee's BBQ Catering is a family owned and operated Pro BBQ Competition and Catering Team from Stockton, CA. I bet you're wondering where we got our name from and I think the answer may just surprise you! Our last name, spelled Juencke, is pronounced Yankee - so we decided in 2008 our team name would be "Smokin' Yankee's"!
In 2008 we watched the television show BBQ Showdown and were impressed with the methods the Pitmasters used when prepping and smoking their meats. Several months later we knew we had the delicious flavors down and decided it was time to enter a competition. In May 2008, we entered the Mastercut BBQ Championship in Modesto California where we placed 6th out of 48 teams.
We were thrilled to be competing with some of the best Pitmasters in California and placing in the top 10. In July 2009 we achieved a Grand Championship in Santa Maria, CA followed by a second in September 2009 in Lakeport, CA which earned us a trip to the American Royal (World Series of BBQ) in Kansas City Missouri. We came home with a 4th in Brisket and 15th in Ribs out of 538 Grand Champion Teams from around the world.
In 2009, after we were named Team of the Year for Ribs and Chicken by the California BBQ Association (CBBQA), we decided we would give catering a go. We currently compete in Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) competitions from time to time but focus more on catering full time.
Look for us at a venue near you - we will be smokin up some great food!