Bristow, Virginia, United States
Pitmaster - Luke Darnell Others - Kimberly Darnell, Leigh Anne Terry
Luke began cooking barbecue 9 years ago on a Brinkmann electric bullet and then got the fever. After several years and several smokers later, he had the opportunity to join a competitive barbecue team, Smoke Dreams BBQ. And, rather than just joining and learning the ropes, Luke went out and bought a Weber Smokey Mountain right out of the gate.
Two years were spent under the tutelage of SmokeDreams BBQ Pitmaster Kirk, learning the ins and outs of competitive BBQ.
2013 was Luke’s first year as the Pitmaster of Old Virginia Smoke. It was a fun year, with Old Virginia Smoke earning the Middle Atlantic BBQ Association Rookie of the Year award for 2013.
In addition to BBQ, he also plays guitar with Leigh Anne in a two person acoustic group called Sweet Tea Blues, plays soccer, and is one hell of a dancer.
Old Virginia Smoke had a great weekend at the Blues Hog BBQ & Music Fest in Savannah, TN. They finished 2nd in chicken, 10th in ribs, 3rd in pork, & 4th overall.
Old Virginia Smoke must have had a pretty magical Saturday in beautiful Brunswick, MD for the The Great Burnswick BBQ Throwdown. They finished with a 7th in ribs, 2nd in brisket and 1st in chicken with a 180 perfect score to win Grand Champion!
Old Viginia Smoke placed at PigMania Marion in Marion, OH over the Columbus Day weekend. They finished with Reserve Grand Champion. Congrats!
Dispite the bad weather, Old Virginia Smoke made the best of it pulling in a 3rd place chicken, 1st place ribs, 2nd place brisket, & 8th pork, which was good enough for another RGC at Que And Cruz Festival at Small Country Campground in Louisa, VA!
Richmond was kind to Old Virginia Smoke at the McShin Foundation RecoveryFest where they walked away with a 4th chicken, 3rd ribs, 9th pork, & 6th brisket led to 2nd place overall--Reserve Grand Champion!!!
Congradualtions to Old Virigina Smoke for placing 3rd in
Its been a very successful year for Old Virginia Smoke. Listed below are pictures and winnings from their 2015 BBQ competitions.
2015 Sam's Club Laurel Local Qualifier Grand Champion
2015 Safeway BBQ Battle National Pork Champion
2015 Safeway BBQ Battle Extra Meaty Rib Champion
2015 Roc City Rib Fest Grand Champion