4 Rivers Smokehouse began with the launch of the “Barbecue Ministry” in 2004, when John hosted a cookout fundraiser to support a family whose young daughter was battling cancer. This event sparked a passionate commitment to support local schools, churches, and charitable organizations, and a few years later, smoking thousands of pounds of meat out of a garage just wouldn’t cut it anymore. After trials, tribulations, and a whole lot of burnt ends, we finally flipped that “Hot Brisket Now” sign on in October 2009. Within the first hour, a line had formed out the door…and then around the corner. Today we have 9 locations across the state of Florida, with plans for continued expansion. Our latest endeavor, The COOP, is a restaurant celebrating the home-style fare of The South, We have welcomed more than 1,000 amazing folks to the 4 Rivers family, including our in-house bakery, The Sweet Shop.