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Rising Stars: Meet Thurston Jones

Today we’d like to introduce you to Thurston Jones.

Hi Thurston, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
From Slippfest to Jones Backyard BBQ, LLC. Welcome to the land of Baltimore BBQ with southern influences. My name is Thurston Jones, I am a Baltimore City native. My family is from Oklahoma and North Carolina, so I definitely have learned some things from my southern relatives throughout the years.

I began my grilling journey 10 years ago with an annual birthday cookout “Slippfest.” I would prepare everything on the menu and be actively cooking while guests ate.

I have a passion for cooking and I love seeing the satisfaction on people’s faces when they take a bite!!!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s not easy trying to make it, during the pandemic. I have faith with some more support in the near future Jones Backyard will be a household name!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a graduate of that wonderful HBCU University of Maryland Eastern Shore. I majored in Rehabilitation Service: Behavioral Tract. I’ve worked in several fields from Psych Rehab Counselor, Adolescent Substance Abuse Counselor, Therapeutic Youth Worker, and Maryland Parole & Probation Senior Agent.

Currently, I work within the state government. I handle various issues that may arise in a person’s life that may be traumatic. It’s my duty to ensure everyone is treated fairly, impartially and justice is served for all Maryland Citizens. My background has giving me a wider perspective of life and the roles our choices play. Today’s bad decision could result in life-long anguish or death.

Smoking, Grilling, BBQing became my peace and I’ve learned to turn a passion into something worthwhile for me. By product is delicious dishes for you!!! Please be on the lookout for the next Jones Backyard BBQ pop-up!!! Also looking to have my second round of classes for Youth with a Grillmaster apprenticeship!!! Follow my social media or supply your email address on my website:

Having an event coming up and you need good eats? Jones Backyard Barbque has a dish for you!

Baked Broiled or Qued!!!
Ask about that Fried Fish!!!

Follow the hashtag: #Eatmorebbq

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I’ve always considered myself to be a generalist. I enjoy what life throws at me and try to navigate through it as best I can.

I am a social person and I value engagement with HUMANS!!!

The same expression can be found in each bite!!!

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Image Credits
Craig Mathies Photography

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