John Thomson wears a few hats in the world of Canadian BBQ and usually smells of smoke. BBQ Sauce runs in his veins and it seems that every spare moment he has is dedicated to his favourite hobby. With a full time job in IT and a young family of 3 kids, those spare moments are hard to come by, but as with most hobbies, it is a labour of love.
Once the BBQ Competition season ends in late October, John immediately shifts into the role of Organizer for the largest BBQ Competition in Canada, the Capital BBQ Festival, in Ottawa, Ontario. John also sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian BBQ Society and is a busy BBQ Instructor.
But it is competition BBQ that really drives him and keeps him on the road a fair amount. 2017 was his 7th year as Pitmaster of Ottawa, Ontario’s Team Eatapedia, and it was a banner year for John. Finishing 1st Place in the Canadian Team of the Year Points Race, Team Eatapedia is the 2017 Canadian National BBQ Champion, as well as the Ontario Provincial Champion, KCBS’s International Team of the Year Overall and 1st Place KCBS International Ribs. 3 GCs, 2 RGCs and 40 Top Ten Calls and 7 1st Place calls.
With a long history of teaching and working with BBQ people of all walks of life, John’s classes are typically very interactive and engaging. With years of experience, starting as an Amateur Competitor, John hosts a relaxed atmosphere of conversation about BBQ while sharing experiences, guidance, tips and award winning BBQ food. You will learn, and you’re going to enjoy it.