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John Reaves,

Founder



Before John earned his nickname and reputation for providing customers in Dallas and Fort Worth delicious hickory-smoked barbecue, he began his career in business, working in the mortgage banking industry in the late 1960s with Glenn Justice Mortgage Company.

Though John showed a talent for business, becoming the vice president in charge of loan organization and eventually opening his own successful mortgage company and insurance agency, his heart was always in the foodservice industry.

Driven by a Higher Purpose

In 1976, John’s entrepreneurial endeavors lead him to found Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que & Home Cooking. His desire was to become the “Barbecue King.” However, God had another plan to direct John to the “King of kings.”

After a series of financial hardships, even bankruptcy, John’s focus turned from himself to seeking the real direction and purpose for his life. He recognized that his occupation at the restaurant was not only a way to feed happy customers in Northern Texas but led him to pursue his true vocation, that is, knowing Christ and allowing his life to be a witness for the Lord.

By the grace of God, John was blessed to continue in the restaurant business for over 40 years. His two sons, Juan and Brent, eventually became the co-owners, making Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que & Home Cooking truly a family endeavor.

On August 24, 2019, “Smokey” John Reaves passed away. He is sorely missed, but his spirit lives on in the heart of the restaurant and in the lives of the many people he’s impacted.

FOOD. FAITH. FAMILY.

NOURISHING OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH THE JOY OF FOOD,
THE STRENGTH OF FAITH,
AND THE SPIRIT OF FAMILY

  • We look forward to using your services again at our next event.

    “They have superior service, an excellent staff and unbelievable food. ”

    PuroClean Restoration

  • Will definitely be coming back again, SOON!

    “This BBQ is great!”

    Sean

  • Best baked potatoes, ribs, beef, beans you ever tasted.

    “The best Poor boy sandwich you ever had with your choice of two meats.”

    Clarie

  • A+ service plus great food is enough reason for us to come back again!

    “We chose ribs (which were AMAZING) and they gave us a little more in the portion and free drink cups without us even asking.”

    Hope

  • The customer service that I received was impeccable and right on time.

    “Smoked sausage was the best I have had since being in Texas.”

    Terri

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