From Pre-Med to Award-Winning Barbecue Chef

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John Snedden

John Snedden, Class of 1981, came to Washington and Lee in the late 1970s as a pre-med major. But he eventually found his passion was grilling barbecue. A recent story in The Examiner in Washington, D.C., chronicles Snedden’s journey from medical school (he left after his second year) to his current position as founder, owner, and chef of Rocklands Barbecue and Grilling Company, which has four locations in the D.C. area. Snedden relates that he had rented a farm when he was at W&L and relaxed by throwing pig roasts on the weekend. He created his own barbecue sauce in 1978 and named it Rocklands after the farm where he lived. The restaurant has won numerous awards and received lots of positive reviews over the years. You don’t have to trust the reviews, though. You can order the sauce from the Rocklands Web site.

2 Responses to “From Pre-Med to Award-Winning Barbecue Chef”


  1. 1 Jennifer Shotwell December 10, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    From one W&L alum (’95) to another, bring your barbecue to Richmond, please! Right now, the crown jewels of our city are Buzz & Ned’s (featured on a Bobby Flay “throwdown” episode) and the smoked wings & barbecue at Grandpa Eddie’s. We would welcome you with open arms!


  1. 1 Washington and Lee University News Trackback on July 24, 2009 at 8:32 am
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