View Full Version : Greetings from Cartersville, GA

10-22-2008, 11:05 AM
I realized today that I never got around to making an intro post here, so here goes:

I'm Gowan Fenley - cook, judge and organizer out of Cartersville, Georgia, off I-75 between Atlanta and Chattanooga.

Together with my buddies Johnny Mitchell and Warren Caylor we compete under the Johnny Mitchell's Smokehouse banner. (Johnny operates two restaurants in NW GA). Current sponsors include Buckhead Beef and Grill Dome. We've been on the KCBS circuit for three seasons, rising steadily until now we usually walk to the stage at most events. We aim to cook about 10 shows each season, mainly in Georgia. The only sanctioned events we've done to date are KCBS contests.

For competition we currently use four Grill Dome ceramic smokers, though between the three of us we own several trailer mounted stick burners, a Primo Oval and a Southern Pride hybrid production smoker in addition to various assorted grills and spits.

I'm also a CBJ and try to judge two or three contests each year, though it is difficult because I'd rather be cooking than judging! Still, I think it is important for cooks to judge, so I make sure I sit at a few tables each season.

Finally I'm also an organizer, serving as Chairman for the Georgia Barbecue Classic in 2008, and consulting with several other groups in the area who are interested in hosting their own cook-offs. When I'm not in the smoke I'm a single parent juggling the raising of my 16 year old daughter and partnership in a Web development company.

Friends on the barbecue trail include the usual Georgia suspects: Bub-Ba-Q, Primo Oval Rulers, Jack's Old South, Jus-Fer-Fun, Big Green Eggs and Ham, TnT Southern BBQ, Bobby-Q and a whole bunch of other great people that would make for a too-long list. Win or lose, it's the wonderful community feeling on the circuit that keeps us coming out show after show, no matter how rough the weather or the contents of Blind Dog's fruit jar!

Big George's BBQ
10-22-2008, 11:11 AM
Welcome. This is a great place

10-22-2008, 11:45 AM

10-22-2008, 11:51 AM
Welcome and enjoy the ride:icon_bigsmil

10-22-2008, 11:57 AM
Welcome to the forum Gowan!

10-22-2008, 12:35 PM
Welcome to the addiction! Remember that there is no 12 step program for us!

BTW... Good luck with the 16 yearold... Mine is 19 and still giving me grief!

Midnight Smoke
10-22-2008, 01:49 PM
Hello and Welcome!

10-22-2008, 01:59 PM
Welcome aboard

10-22-2008, 02:16 PM

10-22-2008, 02:28 PM
Welcome. I recently joined too, it's a great place.

10-22-2008, 02:30 PM
Welcome to the forum!

10-22-2008, 02:44 PM
That's quite a pedigree you bring to us, brother! Guys like you make this an even better place. Thanks for joining up.


10-22-2008, 05:02 PM

10-22-2008, 05:58 PM
Welcome to our crazy little club house!

10-22-2008, 07:41 PM
Welcome Gowan. Being you participate at several Georgia events is there somewhere that lists all events in Ga. TIA....

BBQ Grail
10-22-2008, 07:43 PM

Frank Sacco
10-22-2008, 07:58 PM
Welcome aboard

10-22-2008, 09:51 PM
Welcome Gowan. Being you participate at several Georgia events is there somewhere that lists all events in Ga. TIA....

Not that I know of. The most comprehensive list I've seen is the National BBQ News (http://www.barbecuenews.com/calendar/index.asp). They cover the major sanctioning bodies and a few of the larger unsanctioned events. There are plenty of small, little publicized events that you pretty much have to be involved with the local community to know about though. For example, there's a chili and Brunswick stew contest coming up in Euharlee GA the first weekend in November.

10-22-2008, 10:28 PM
Welcome Brother Gowan.

10-22-2008, 10:29 PM
Welcome Brother Gowan!:icon_cool

10-23-2008, 03:09 AM
WELCOME - CivilWarBBQ!!!

10-23-2008, 06:44 AM
Welcome to the best BBQ forum on the 'net, Gowan!:mrgreen:
Made any BBQ sauces recently?

10-23-2008, 01:44 PM
Man, like the folks here didn't humble me enough already.
Welcome to the best clubhouse on the web!

10-24-2008, 05:44 AM
Welcome aboard Gowan!

10-24-2008, 08:07 AM

Mad Max
10-24-2008, 11:22 AM
Welcome and enjoy.

10-24-2008, 05:54 PM
Welcome aboard, Gowan!

we'll smoke u
10-24-2008, 06:19 PM

10-24-2008, 10:24 PM

10-25-2008, 07:54 AM
Gowan, Thanks for the info.....

Desert Dweller
10-25-2008, 07:57 AM
Greetings and welcome..

10-25-2008, 09:02 AM
Welcome aboard Gowan, enjoy what you learn and share what you know, it's what we do here.