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Lancaster Theater, Grapevine | “Smokey” John Reaves
January 19 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am
Meet “Smokey” John Reaves, founder of a Dallas BBQ restaurant. Before John earned his nickname and reputation for providing custommers in Dallas and Fort Worth delicious hickory smoked barbecue, he began his career in business, working in the mortgage banking industry in the late 1960’s with Glenn Justice Mortgage Company.
Though John showed a talent for business, becoming the vice president in charge of loan originations and eventually opening his own successful mortgage company and insurance agency, his heart was always in the food service 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 has been blessed to be able to continue in the restaurant business for nearly 40 years. He has been joined by his two sons, Juan and Brent, who make Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que & Home Cooking a true family endeavor.