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James Pitts started cooking Texas barbecue as a hobby 12 years ago. People loved it so much that they suggested he can make money out of it by turning it into a business. Now, James is retired and is starting a new chapter in life. Cooking, especially barbecuing, has always been his passion. When he realized that he wanted to become an entrepreneur, he officially turned his passion into a full-time business by opening Smoke’n BBQ Pitts as a barbecue catering company.

Now you can experience their Texas barbecue cooked to perfection at NewBo City Market! Taking the next step in his business, James is opening a restaurant today, September 27, inside the Market to serve barbecued meats and sides to the masses!

Using 100% natural Hickory and Apple woods, their barbecues are cooked slowly in low temperatures for 10-15 hours in the smoker using their signature dry rubs. The meat is trimmed to perfection, providing you with the ultimate product.


As a nonprofit gathering place, business incubator, and event center, NewBo City Market services many different needs for a wide spectrum of people and organizations.

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1100 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401



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