BBQ TEAM - Old Virginia Smoke

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 Takes 2nd in Chicken at the Blues Hog BBQ & Music Fest

April 01, 2017

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 Takes Grand Champion at The Great Brunswick BBQ Throwdown

March 07, 2017

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 Virginia Smoke Discovered Another Win Over Columbus Day Weekend!

October 11, 2016

Old Viginia Smoke placed at PigMania Marion in Marion, OH over the Columbus Day weekend. They finished with Reserve Grand Champion. Congrats!

Old Virginia Smoke Beats the Rain for an RGC

October 03, 2016

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!

Old Virginia Smoke Places 2nd Overall Reserve Grand Champion

September 12, 2016

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!!!


Stupendous Time at the Chaddy Daddy Lemonade Stand

July 25, 2016

Congradualtions to Old Virigina Smoke for placing 3rd in chicken, 9th in brisket, & 5th overall at the Chaddy Daddy Lemonade Stand in Old Orchard Beach, ME!

Old Virginia Smoke 2015 Competition Winnings

September 22, 2015

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