Wedding – Midginbil Hill – May 2018
O.M.Goodness. JRs Smokehouse catered my wedding this weekend and even the vegetarians were raving about it. I was told at least 15 times that it was the best wedding meal people have ever eaten. And we had arguments over who would take the leftovers home. Joel was so easy to work with and his team went the extra mile by cutting up our cake for us. 100% would use again. Thank you so much, Sarah
Wedding – Numinbah Valley – May 2018
Many thanks for your fantastic catering up at Numinbah Valley for our Daughter’s Wedding on Saturday. The food was amazing….all of it was amazing from the canapés to the delicious selection of melt in your mouth meats, sauce, sliders and salads. You and your staff were fantastic too and very friendly and efficient in every way. Such a long day for you starting at 4:30am but sooo worth it. Everyone loved it so thank you again….I’ll be looking out for events you’re catering at from now on.
Best regards, Michelle Remmer
Wedding – Boomerang Farm – May 2018
I just wanted to send a quick email to say THANK YOU!!! The food was absolutely amazing. That brisket was to die for. Everyone commented on how awesome it was and no one left hungry! The staff were so attentive and lovely and just made it all so easy. Please pass my thanks onto them. Thanks also for the leftovers. The food was the best cure for a hangover. We are so happy that you guys catered for our wedding. You guys rock!Thanks a million! Cheers,Kas
Wedding – Gold Coast Farm House – March 2018
We just wanted to say a huge thank you for catering our wedding!!! The staff were so friendly and amazing and the food was out of this world! I can't remember the ceremony but I'll never forget that delicious brisket. You made everthing so easy which given the amount of stress we had super helpful and then just disappeared into the night like some kind of smoked meat angel! Couldn’t of been happier with the full service you provided.
Thanks again, Jodi and Tristan
Wedding – Northern Rivers – April 2018
If you are looking through these reviews and are wondering if you should get Joel and his team to cater your function, the answer is ABSOLUTELY!! It’ll be the best decision you make. JR’s Smokehouse catered our wedding on the weekend everyone said it was the best food they had at a wedding and three days later I’m still getting people calling me and telling me how much they loved it. The JR’s Smokehouse team were so easy to deal with and we couldn’t be happier with the service they provided!! Cheers Joel and Simone for capping off an otherwise perfect day with Smokey meat perfection!! Toby
Corporate Catering – Acacia Ridge – December 2017
Company Christmas breakup BBQ 2017 – 120 Employees – AustubeMills Acacia Ridge
Joel and Team. The AustubeMills QLD team and I would like to thankyou for your catering professionalism and food quality. This year I wanted to do something for the team that would blow their mind after many years of hard work and an up and down steel manufacturing environment. In the past we have provided a simple BBQ or pizza affair for our end of year breakup and this year I decided American BBQ was to be the menu for something different, that I knew people would appreciate and enjoy. Your Smokehouse BBQ was the best many of us have ever had. The mouth-watering Brisket, Smokey Maple Glazed Chicken, Pulled Pork Sliders and succulent BBQ Ribs were to die for, not to mention the Slaw, Ranch Beans, Potato salad and Corn, as well as the vegetarian option you offered. Your team was professional, happy and accommodating. I can’t stress enough how happy the team was and you and your team are to be commended for catering for so many people and leaving leftovers as the bonus. We will use you again. Thank you. Darren Newbegin – Site Manager AustubeMills QLD
Client Christmas Event, Smoked Garage – December 2017
A huge thanks for making our client event such a great success. With over 70 guests to feed, your friendly service and quality of food was amazing. All the guests raved about the food, in particular the brisket was a melt-in-the-mouth standout! We appreciated you setting up so early on the morning of the event to ensure the tone and vibe of the event was set the moment our guests saw and smelt your amazing BBQ set up. Your relaxed yet professional manner made the night more enjoyable to coordinate. We will definitely be using you again in the future!”
Wedding – New Brighton Beach – December 2017
OH MY GOD It’s impossible to describe the level of awesome JR’s food is.. The only thing I can say is that is the best choice you will ever make! We are now seriously considering stalking him on a permanent basis just to be able to try it again. I knew I had to say something in a review so that people can have the same out worldly experience that we did but I can’t really put it into words so: JUST DO IT! Just book him like right now! you can thank me later...He was also beyond professional making sure everything was on point I could not imagine how it could have possibly been done any better, simply THE BEST wedding catering I or anyone present at out wedding has ever experienced. Paola & Mike
Wedding – Boomerang Farm, Gold Coast – October 2017
Thank you so so much for being part of our wedding, the food was spectacular, every one of our guests were in meat heaven, perfectly cooked and such great flavour, the comments about melt in your mouth brisket and the awesome ribs are in my opinion an understatement, you are bbq genius’s, the smell of the smoker had everyone salivating, just brilliant and exceptional service, thank you again. Gregg
Wedding – Coffs Harbour – October 2017
Hi Joel, Just wanted to send you, Simone and your team a huge thank you for an incredible dinner for our wedding. Everything was so perfect and the food was incredible. So many compliments from all the guests! Thank you so much again for making our day so special. Cheers, Kayla & Simon
Wedding – Boomerang Farm, Gold Coast – Sept 2017
Joel & Team, It's been a month since our wedding and everyone is still raving about the food. We made the best decision by booking JR's Smokehouse. We can't thank you enough. Food and staff were fantastic! Emerald & Phil
Wedding – Tooraloo Farm Stay, Byron Bay – September 2017
JR's catered our Byron wedding and we are still getting comments about how great the food was! It definitely was the best brisket I've ever had and there was more than enough food for everyone. We are so stoked we chose them to cater our day and cannot thank them all enough. Definitely worth booking for any event - I cannot rate them highly enough! Bo
Wedding – Midginbil Hill – September 2017
I just want to thank you once again for the amazing night you put on! Our guests cannot stop raving about it!!! You guys went above and beyond ! You did so much more than we asked of you and without complaint and Dean and I are so grateful from the bottom of our hearts! No wonder you guys are the best in the business!
Thank you again, Georgia and Dean
Wedding – The Secret Garden, Byron Bay – September 2017
What can I say but thank you so much for the most epic food for our wedding. All of our friends and family were blown away and it is still a regular topic among everyone. It was so great to meet you any my Tucson Family loved it. Hope we run into you guys again! Thank you! Jody & Dan
Wedding – Midginbil Hill – September 2017
Echoing all of the other recent reviews - JR's catered our wedding last month at Midginbil Hill and they were outstanding! The service they provide is top notch, these guys know what they are doing. So many comments from all of our guests raving about the best wedding food they'd ever had, and we agree! Highly recommend. Thanks so much Joel, Pete & Nicole
Wedding – Ewingsdale Hall, Byron Bay – July 2017
I don't even know where to begin. Joel and the team from JR's are second to none. Their professionalism is unmatched and yet they are still so cool and chilled to deal with. They made everything so easy to organise. The food was out of this world good - there was so much of it and the quality was epic! Our guests were raving about it all night. I can't do them justice! THANK you a million times over. Siobhan
Wedding – Country Paradise Parklands, Gold Coast – May 2017
Joel and his team catered our wedding on the weekend and it was amazing! Every guest said it was the best wedding dinner they've ever had. Not only was the food delicious, the service was outstanding to. I couldn't recommend him enough. Melinda
Wedding – Braeside Chapel, Gold Coast – April 2017
We were recommended to JR's by a close friend and wow are we glad we were! We have loved their food at pop-up markets but their wedding buffet options sounded incredible and the results far surpassed our expectations. From setting up the slow smoking at our venue from 4:30am up until the end of food and plate clearing Joel and his team are truly a professional and fun organisation. The food was ridiculously delicious, so much so people are still saying it was the best wedding food they have ever had weeks later! Everyone was well fed, Joel catered for any Vegetarians and Gluten Free and the spread of meats, salads and sides had everyone's mouth watering not to mention all the leftovers we had for days later which was just awesome. I cannot recommend JR's enough for your wedding or party. They are the best BBQ smokehouse ever and our wedding was a major success because of them. Thanks so much Joel & team! Cheers Alex & Mark
Wedding – Boomerang Farm, Gold Coast – March 2017
Thanks so much Joel and the team! Our wedding was a massive hit thanks to your amazing food!! We will be enjoying the left overs for dinner tonight!! We had majority of our guests tell us that it was hands down the best wedding food they've ever had, and we had to agree with them! Thanks again! Rhiannon
Wedding Anniversary – Gold Coast, QLD – December 2016
We have been fans of this little food truck for years & can't even articulate how good JRs cater. Our backyard vow renewal yesterday now has us in such appreciation for the long hours, skill & effort that goes into what you guys do. Everyone was raving about how good the food was and after we already talked you up, they were shocked. Absolute legends. Clint & Belinda
Wedding – Byron Bay, NSW – December 2016Thanks so much for catering our wedding! We loved everything about your catering service. You guys were professional, friendly, accommodating and above all the food was bloody delicious! All our guests said it was the best food that they had ever had at a wedding. Thank you so much, Kyla and Dylan
Wedding – Boomerang Farm, QLD – Sept 2016
Joel and the Team catered at our wedding on the weekend at the Boomerang Farm. They came early in the morning to start the long process of getting the meat to perfection! Which is exactly what they achieved! Everything we ate was absolutely delicious and our guests have continued to rave about the food days after our wedding! They were nothing but professional and even gave us plenty of leftovers to take home. We have already recommended this business to many of our friends! Thank you Joel for making our first wedding meal so memorable!
Restaurant Review – TripAdvisor – June 2016
“Austin in Coolangatta” This place is as good as it gets. I’ve eaten at the best Barbecues in Central Texas, both in Austin and the fabled ones in Lockhart, and JR’s is an asset to the Gold Coast. I took my Aussie mate here on 30th June, 2016 and he loved it. The service is excellent, smiling and efficient. Can’t wait to go back on my next trip to the Gold Coast. My only wish is that one day they will serve lunch, even if only once a week.
Wedding – Miami SLSC, QLD – May 2016
Joel & his team catered for our wedding over the weekend – and the food & service was absolutely amazing! Our guests were raving about the delicious slow cooked goodness – it was something most people hadn’t experienced at a wedding; the opportunity to try a generous assortment of slow cooked meats & sides which were all cooked to perfection! Joel’s team serving at our wedding were very friendly, efficient and did all they could to make sure everyone was happy!
Thanks again Joel & we will definitely be recommending you to anyone looking for a 5 star caterer!
Wedding – Midginbil Hill, NSW – May 2016
Thank you for helping to make our wedding a hit. The food was absolutely amazing, very filling & commented on enthusiastically by all. More than a few people said it was the best meal they’ve had (ever) so you should be very proud. Everyone was filled to bursting & we still have heaps leftover which will come in handy to thaw for an easy dinner or lunch. The staff were so friendly & organised too so you can expect a glowing review & lots of referred business in the near future.
Thank you for being so understanding & easy to deal with. You guys rock!
Leaha (& Damo)
Wedding – Boomerang Farm, QLD – April 2016
Just wanted to say a massive thank you!!! Food was absolutely incredible, people could not stop saying how good it was. Have been eating leftovers the past few days!!! Staff were also amazingly awesome!! Thank you for being one of the highlights of iur wedding day.
Kristy and Francis
Wedding – Byron Bay, NSW – July 2015
Hey Joel, Thank you so much for the awesome food… everybody was super stoked and raving about it for days… a heap of us got together the next day with a carton of Pacific ale and got stuck in to the leftovers and it was still amazing!!! I still have the BBQ sauce in my fridge here and having been having it on everything I can. All the food was really great but your brisket was off the hook. You guys are awesome, everything about the experience was top notch, and I will whole heartedly recommend you to anyone that is after catering for an event.
We had a great day. The food was wicked, the beer was perfect, the music was great and the weather even turned it on. Couldn’t be happier.
Wedding – Brisbane, QLD – June 2015
Hi Joel, I can’t thank you enough for doing the catering for our wedding. The BBQ was outstanding! Everyone was raving about your food with a lot of guests saying that it was the best food they’d ever had at a wedding. When the reception started, I had a few friends asking me if it was THE JRs. During dinner, family members from Melbourne who regularly eat at top restaurants were giving me the thumbs up. It was also a great way for my Dad to be reminded of ‘home’ after such a horrible week in his birth town of Charleston.
We greatly appreciate all the hard work you and your team gave to create a fantastic meal. I could sense in our conversations that you wanted to get things just right. My mother commented on how professional you were and was impressed that you closed the kitchen door once service ended, “A nice touch”. Please extend our thank you to all your staff who helped on the night. I think it’s safe to say everyone loved the food!
Kerryn & Bernie
Wedding – Midginbil Hill Uki, NSW – Feb 2015
Thanks Joel and crew for being such a huge part of our epic wedding weekend! Our family and friends were blown away by your food and service. If anyone wants a meal that their guests will remember forever then they shouldn’t look past you!
Keetah and Richard
Uber Gold Coast Launch Party – Gold Coast, QLD – Oct 2014
Thanks so much for being such a crucial and amazing part of making our event awesome! Our guests were raving about the food!
Wedding – Byron Bay, NSW – Sept 2014
Just want to say a big thank you for the effort you and the team put in for our wedding at Ewingsdale! you guys really helped make it a special day and hope that all your plans for the future come off. Thanks again you guys were awesome!
Johan & Tamara
Wedding – Brooms Head, NSW – Jan 2014
The first time we had JRs was at the Sample Food Festival in Bangalow. From the moment we ate that amazing pulled pork sandwich we both decided that one day when we get married that’s who we were getting to do our catering. We were married New Year’s Day this year. From the moment I first contacted Joel right up until he & Simone were finished cleaning up at the end of the night, they where so professional & very attentive, even showing up New Year’s Eve so they could start cooking first thing in the morning. Now the FOOD WOW, we had the full BBQ menu & I’m so glad we got to experience everything, my sister actually unzipped the back of her dress so she could make more room for food. And asking everyone the next morning what their favorite thing was, was like starting a parliamentary style argument. “the brisket was best, no the chicken, no the pulled pork, the ribs, the ribs,” & the sauces YUM. We settled the argument by getting out the left overs so everyone could have more 🙂 . I HIGHLY recommend JR’s Smokehouse BBQ simply because they are the best at what they do, you will not find better service & nor will you find better BBQ.
You guys really did make our day that little bit more special & different for our guests. They are still talking about that amazing BBQ at Emma & Aaron’s wedding.
Emma & Aaron
Corporate Catering – Brookfarm – Byron Bay, NSW – Dec 2013
We chose JR’s Smokehouse to cater our Staff End of Year Lunch after we tasted their award winning brisket at the 2013 Sample Festival. We loved the Big BBQ Combo menu which was incredible in taste and size. Comments among the staff were that they could not pick their favourite dish and that it was the best idea for a staff lunch in years! The meal service was slick and organised and there was an abundance of food. In fact, Joel encouraged everyone to have seconds – for the few who had room! I would certainly recommend J.R.s Smokehouse to anyone looking for catering that is fun and delicious. Thanks Joel for making our Staff End of Year Lunch such a great experience.
Pam Brook Chief Coordinating Officer – Brookfarm
Wedding – Brisbane, QLD – Nov 2013
When we booked JR’s Smokehouse BBQ for our wedding party, we knew it was going to be good, but not THAT good! It was a pleasure to watch Joel ‘do his thing’ during the day while he cooked up our feast, and everyone enjoyed the tantalising BBQ smells emanating from his BBQ trailer. All of our guests had very generous servings of amazing food; in particular, the perfectly-cooked brisket was a hit! Joel’s staff were friendly and helpful, and they got everything cleaned up quickly and discretely. Our Smokehouse BBQ dinner was the highlight of our wedding party and everyone was talking about how great it was well into the night and for days afterwards! We cannot recommend Smokehouse BBQ enough, thanks for being such a great dude to deal with throughout Joel!
Pete & Janelle
Wedding – Brisbane, QLD – Aug 2013
Thank you so much Joel (and the team) for the wonderful wedding catering. The food was beautiful – as always. You were so professional and helpful and everyone raved about the food- of course.
Tracks Magazine Party, Quiksilver Pro – Rainbow Bay, QLD – March 2013
Hey mate. Just want to say a big thanks from all of us at Tracks for putting on a great feed. The night would not have been the same without JR’s Smokehouse. You put a massive effort into the operation and it really comes through in the food.
The boys posted a blog so check it out:
A Double Barrel Tracks Party.
Wedding – Brisbane, QLD – Jan 2013
Dear Joel, We just wanted to write and thank you for the amazing catering you did for our wedding. Everyone raved about it, and we were certainly very happy with our decision to book you. We will recommend you to anyone looking for catering and we will keep you in mind for any future events of ours.
Thanks again and best of luck for 2013.
Lila and Jason Hough. Melbourne, VIC
50th Birthday Party – Miami Beach, QLD – Nov 2012
Hi Joel. Sorry this is a long time coming but thanks again for the fantastic catering at our recent 50th. Your incredible food just blew people away. It was fantastic and was a major part in making the day the success it was.
On a personal note Leanne and I would like to thank you (and your capable helpers!) for your outstanding service, your flexibility, your organisational skills and that burning (smoking?) passion for the task at hand. Everything you promised was delivered beyond our expectations. A BBQ will never be the same again! The leftovers were the perfect hangover pick-me-up on the Sunday too. Well done Joel. We will be recommending you to people at every opportunity. Thanks.
Marc and Leanne
40th Birthday Party – Brisbane, QLD – Nov 2012
We had Joel cater for my husband’s 40th birthday Redneck BBQ. He worked tirelessly all day to create a wonderful meal for us. It was magnificent food and everyone commented how it truly made the party. We would recommend Joel without hesitation and know you will be so impressed when you experience his true American smoked BBQ. He will certainly be back at our place!
Julie Marchant. Yeronga, QLD
Wedding Reception – Sunshine Coast, QLD – July 2012
I cannot recommend JR’s Smokehouse BBQ enough to cater any event! Joel and his team did the most amazing spread for our wedding and the feedback has been phenomenal (I think it was the highlight of the day!) Joel was so flexible and accommodating to fit around what we needed for the day and ran a seamless operation. It was completely stress free which really mattered to me when planning my wedding and their professionalism and quality were outstanding.
Anna Dunstan. Melbourne, VIC
Wedding Reception – Diamond Beach, NSW – March 2012
JR made our wedding amazing! We wanted food to be a highlight for our guests, and people are still talking about how amazing the food was. Joel – thank you for all your hard work, your BBQ is a labour of love and you can taste that in your food. The first taste of the smokehouse was that jalapeno and that was something that we will never forget – absolutely delicious! We will have to have a wedding anniversary up in Queensland to make sure we can have us some more tasty BBQ
Emily Alexander. Sydney, NSW
40th Birthday Party – Tweed Heads, NSW – Feb 2012
I wanted to write and thank you for the fantastic food and service you provided us at my husband’s 40th birthday at Tweed Heads. My husband is a huge fan of ribs and pulled pork, so it was with great delight we found your service. To say that his expectations were more than exceeded is an understatement. The food was awesome and generously portioned it easily catered to the number of guests, and we were even given some tasty leftovers (which led to some bickering over who was going to get them!). The food truly added to the atmosphere and made the party such a success. It will be talked about for a very long time to come.
So, thanks again for the wonderful food and service, I would have no hestitation whatsoever in highly recommending your Smokehouse BBQ to anyone that is considering your service.
Danita Sinclair. Armidale, NSW
Wedding Reception – Miami Beach, QLD – Nov 2011
Hi Joel. I have to say, the food was wonderful! It really tied the southern theme of the wedding together and was a great sample of southern food for all of the Aussies! We have had so many comments about how great the food was and how much everyone enjoyed it. The service you provided was great and the flow of the catering was perfect for our reception. Please send a big thank you to your staff that was there helping out!
Thank you again for all of your help prior to the wedding and for providing such awesome southern BBQ! I will be sure to pass your details on to anyone that is looking for a great caterer.
Amy. Brisbane, QLD
30th Birthday Party – Brisbane, QLD – Nov 2011
If you are looking for an authentic american BBQ Grill you can’t go past JR’s Smokehouse. The food was absolutely amazing and you can taste the extraordinary efforts Joel goes into making the food and the atmosphere just right. Joel provides more than just food, he provides an experience and I felt like you and your crew were guests at my 30th party who just happened to be running the Grill. My friends are still talking about the food!
Gordon Kudelka. Brisbane, QLD
50th Birthday Party – Burleigh Heads, QLD – Nov 2011
Hi Joel. Thanks again for a great bbq. We all loved it and the service was
great. We will certainly be recommending you further and im sure others will too.
Sally. Gold Coast, QLD
30th Birthday Party – The Gap, Brisbane, QLD – Nov 2011
Joel, I wanted to let you know how good the food was from Gordon’s party the other night. I am still eating left overs and loving it!! Great ribs, great pork, great chicken, loved the beans the corn and those jalapenos were killer good. Its such a good setup you have there with the smokehouse bbq, really added to the atmosphere and people were talking about it all night.
Dave. Brisbane, QLD
50th Birthday Party and Wedding Anniversary – Miami Beach SLSC, Miami QLD – Sept 2011
G’day Joel. Thanks for catering for my 50th birthday and 10th Wedding Anniversary, Cowboys and Girls Party. The catering standard was outstanding. Your food greatly contributed to the over all success of the party. All my guests were impressed with the quality, great taste and friendly service. If you are ever in the mood to share, please send me the recipe for those beans. In a word FANTASTIC.
Katrina Fong Lim. Darwin, NT
21st Birthday Party – Clark’s Beach, Byron Bay – Sept 2011
Joel – Thanks so much for the fantastic food and service you provided for our 21st party. Everyone raved about the food and, as hosts, we were really thankful for your professional yet accommodating approach.
Cheryl. Chinchilla, QLD
Wedding Reception – Piggabeen, NSW – Aug 2011
A big big MASSIVE thank you to you guys for DELICIOUS food and AMAZING Style and KILLER good looks!!! Everybody loved it YUM YUM YUM!!! Can’t wait to need to hire you again!
Belinda, Melbourne, VIC
30th Birthday Party – Mudgeeraba, QLD – July 2011
Hi Joel. Thank you for catering my wife’s 30th Birthday Party. The smoked BBQ you cooked up for the party is some of the best I’ve tasted in a long time! The ribs, pulled pork and BBQ beans were amazing and the sauces and sides you provided only made things better. Thanks again for the extra appetizers, I especially enjoyed the cream cheese stuffed green chili’s wrapped in bacon. Delicious! All of the guests commented on how amazing the food was and how smoothly everything ran. We will definitely be calling you for our next party.
Bill Mackin, Gold Coast, QLD
Engagement Party – Kingscliff, NSW – May 2010
Hi Joel. Thank you for catering for our engagement party. Not only did you camp out early morning to ensure the meat was slow cooked but had to endure torrential rain and not once did it seem to worry you and your team!
We had 70+ guests and every single one was impressed with the taste of your food, I can’t even begin to describe how delicious it was, it’s making my mouth water just thinking about it! If only we had booked you for the wedding! Our guests were talking about the food for months and I think you can base a really great party on how exceptional the food was.
Tom and Tara. Cudgen Creek, Kingscliff NSW