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Welcome to Georgia’s East Side BBQ!

Hello, fellow BBQ enthusiasts! My name is Tom Smits, your guide to all things grilling and smoking. Welcome to Georgia’s East Side BBQ, your ultimate online destination for mastering the art of BBQ.

I’ve always been passionate about BBQ. Growing up in Georgia, BBQ was more than just a meal; it was a tradition, a gathering of friends and family, and a way to connect with our Southern roots. Over the years, I’ve honed my skills, experimented with various techniques, and learned the secrets of creating the perfect BBQ.

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Our Mission

At Georgia’s East Side BBQ, we believe that great BBQ is an experience that should be shared. Whether you’re a beginner just starting out or a seasoned pitmaster looking for new inspiration, we’re here to help. Our mission is to make BBQ accessible to everyone, regardless of skill level or experience.

We provide in-depth guides, tips, and how-tos, covering everything from choosing the right grill to mastering the perfect smoke ring. We’re dedicated to helping you elevate your BBQ game and become the star of your next cookout.

What Sets Us Apart

What makes Georgia’s East Side BBQ unique? It’s our commitment to authenticity, quality, and community. We’re not just about recipes and techniques; we’re about sharing the love and tradition of BBQ with a wider audience. We’re about creating a community of BBQ lovers who learn from each other, share their experiences, and celebrate the joy of BBQ.

We also understand that great BBQ isn’t just about the cook; it’s also about the tools. That’s why we provide honest, unbiased reviews of grills, smokers, and BBQ accessories. We want to help you make informed decisions and choose the right tools for your BBQ journey.

How We Do It

Creating the perfect BBQ is a blend of art and science, and we’re here to guide you through both. We meticulously research and test every technique, recipe, and product we recommend. Our team of BBQ enthusiasts and experts spend countless hours grilling, smoking, and tasting to ensure we provide you with the most accurate and helpful information.

We believe in learning by doing, and we’re not afraid to make mistakes along the way. Every misstep is an opportunity to learn and improve. We share our successes, failures, and everything in between, so you can benefit from our experiences and avoid common pitfalls.

Join Our BBQ Community

So, whether you’re looking to perfect your brisket, explore new flavors, or simply learn the basics, we invite you to join our community. Let’s embark on this delicious journey together, one smoky, mouth-watering BBQ at a time.

Thank you for stopping by, and we hope you’ll stick around for the BBQ adventure that awaits. Here’s to good times, great BBQ, and the joy of sharing it all with friends and family.

Happy grilling!

Tom Smits

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Tom Smits


Tom Smits is the founder of Georgia’s East Side BBQ and a lifelong BBQ enthusiast. Born and raised in Georgia, Tom’s love for BBQ started at a young age, attending family cookouts and community BBQ events. Over the years, he has honed his skills at the grill, experimenting with different techniques, flavors, and cuts of meat. Tom believes that BBQ is more than just a way to cook food – it’s a way to bring people together. When he’s not at the grill, you can find Tom exploring new BBQ joints, attending BBQ festivals, or spending time with his family.

Jesse Parker

Lead Editor / Content Creator

Jesse Parker is a contributing writer at Georgia’s East Side BBQ and a certified pitmaster. Jesse discovered his passion for BBQ during a road trip through the American South, where he fell in love with the region’s rich BBQ culture. Since then, he has dedicated himself to mastering the art of BBQ, from slow-smoked ribs to perfectly grilled steaks. Jesse loves sharing his knowledge and passion for BBQ with others, always with a dash of Southern charm. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys outdoor adventures, playing guitar, and perfecting his homemade BBQ sauce recipe.

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