Meet the Smokecraft Team

Smokecraft Owner & Pitmaster

Andrew Darneille

Owner & Pitmaster

Since Andrew was a kid, he has always associated great food with happy social gatherings.  His love of BBQ started while learning how to grill lunch for his family while on summer vacations, and later spawned into his career.  He began working in restaurants the summer before college, and he began managing restaurants in the Washington D.C. area soon after graduation. Over the past 18 years, Andrew has worked for some of the biggest restaurant companies in the country, including The Cheesecake Factory, Hard Rock Café, Blackfinn AmeriPub, and Richard Sandoval Restaurants. Then, he had the unique opportunity to help rebuild a classic American BBQ concept, which reignited his passion for barbecue. Soon after, he began to compete in professional barbecue competitions and quickly saw success.  Today, Andrew leads his team in the never-ending pursuit of creating the best barbecue possible, pushing the boundaries of what barbecue is and can be.

 

Sous Chef

Harrison McElroy

Sous Chef

Harrison’s first kitchen experience came from a BBQ Smokehouse in Charleston, South Carolina when he was 18 years old. It was only supposed to be a part-time job while he went to school, but Harrison quickly became addicted to the method and the passion that went into making great BBQ. He enrolled at Charleston Culinary Institute and spent the next six years honing his skills in fine dining restaurants and hotels around Charleston, learning from talented chefs and receiving a degree in culinary arts. In 2016, he decided to follow his passion and love for Southern BBQ which lead him to high-end catering for small events and weddings. He moved to Alexandria in 2019 and jumped at the chance to work with the Smokecraft team. When Harrison is not in the kitchen, you can find him spending time with his wife Nicole, on a hiking trail in the DMV or obnoxiously watching a Boston sports team.

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Justin D. Goldsmith

Front of House Manager

As a fixture in the hospitality industry of Northern Virginia for over 15 years, Justin has made it evident that those who possess character and deliver results by hard work will always rise to the top. With his primary focus in training and staff development, Justin’s bubbly demeanor, bright mind and drive to deliver exceptional service in all he does has effectively benefited every company he has worked for. Community has always played a large role in the execution of Justin’s service style and he is excited to be a part of this amazing Smokecraft team! A Fauquier County native, he now resides in Reston with his partner Brandon and their Chihuahua Jackson.

Beverage Manager

Rocky Martin

Front of House Manager

Rocky began working in the service industry at a young age and has worked his way up to management over the last 16 years. He has a strong background in the fast-paced late-night scene in the D.C. area, with a deep passion for Tequila and Mezcals, and is looking forward to expanding that experience into the Clarendon area as the Beverage Manager at Smokecraft Modern Barbecue. Rocky is a proud father of 3 boys and married to his amazing wife, Angela.