We are Paradise Que in Knoxville. In 2006, we had an idea to have a Luau for our family and friends. It was our goal to provide everyone with a good time, but more importantly, good food. We did some research about authentic Luaus and learned that one of the main parts of the meal is a smoked pig. While we were not about to undertake something as grand as a whole pig, we focused simply on doing a shoulder. But, who wants to dig a pit for that? Instead, we ran across a small domed smoker at a scratch and dent sale and decided to give it a shot. We eventually graduated to a large Weber cooker in 2009 (yes, that little scratch and dent cooker served us well until its retirement, and we were starting to make a name for ourselves with cooking for parties). We now have a full size pull behind smoker that allows us to do more volume business. All this has led to our providing custom catering, tailgate food, as well as made to order foods (not just BBQ) for both large and small events such as customer appreciation for a local lumber company, tailgate events at the University of Tennessee, employee appreciation party for a local Toyota dealer, private parties and weddings.
We ventured into an amateur competition in 2012 and decided competition BBQ was a new world for us to conquer! Since that first competition, we have become Kansas City Barbeque Society members and compete professionally.