Saturday, March 24, 2007

Ryan Odette's guest blog

As I mentioned in the previous blog I had asked Ryan Odette to guest blog to fill you in on their experiences here. Here it is:

Last week my wife Tina and I traveled to Nolensville, TN to meet Pat Martin who had invited us to his BBQ joint. I had sent a letter asking if he would be interested in teaching us about southern BBQ. Pat and his wife Martha welcomed us like old friends. As did their friends John, Mandy and Fred McNeil (thanks again, everything was stupendous).

Pat taught us different methods of preparing and serving BBQ while he showed us around Nashville. When we finally got a sample of Pat’s we were about five sandwiches into our BBQ taste test, and we have to say not much compared before or after.

We drove to Memphis for the last two days of our vacation; Pat arranged a tour of the joints where he learned to cook in his 1st college town of Henderson, TN (he later transferred to Lipscomb University in Nashville) with his college buddy Burt Williams. Let me tell you that the ‘cue in Henderson is definitely old school! Both Pat and Burt are amazing ambassadors of Tennessee. While Memphis and the tour on the way was great we enjoyed our time in Nolensville much better; I guess it is true what they say one of the delights of life is eating with friends, new or old.

The reason for the trip was to learn a style of cuisine but it turned into a friendship that hopefully lasts a lifetime. I think I have some deep feelings for Pat Martin (in a non-“root” sucking kind of way, as Pat puts it).

Just want to add a big “Welcome to the World Daisy Elizabeth!!!” and I can’t wait to meet you and your brother, Wyatt (who was very sick and not in the mood for company while we were there), next time. Thanks again Pat, Bo, Ward, Martin and Raul for taking the time to teach a couple of Canadians about Southern BBQ.

See You Again Soon,
Ryan and Tina Odette

1 comment:

hearts n TN said...

Hello Ryan,

I did not get the chance to meet you and your wife, but I heard all about you from Bryan. I keep up with my TN. home and "the Joint" from Virginia for now. Hopefully, we can come see you in Ontario! Eva

What is this Blog???

You ever been sitting around cooking for your family and friends and been told the following: "Hoss, this is the best I've ever had in my dadgum have got to open up a place of your own". The thought crosses your mind to do just that, but for whatever reason you dont. Well I'm "that" guy that actually went through with it and did it. I had absolutely ZERO restaurant experience! I decided to start this blog about my own experience hoping that it may be of some use and help to others who might be interested in opening their own place.
I learned this craft almost 20 years ago cooking whole hogs on brick & cinder block pits at a couple of little BBQ Joints in Henderson, TN. I learned from old, lifelong career Pit-Masters, working with them as an apprentice during school off and on for four years. Over the course of that time I learned the old, time-honored craft of REAL pit barbecue. At Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint I am trying as hard as I can everyday to bring that time-honored authenticity to my customers.
As you read you'll see I've made some stupid decisions, and I've made some good decisions. If you are thinking of opening a restaurant, especially a BBQ Joint, read this blog! Maybe some of this info can be of use to you. At the very least you will be entertained because I pull no punches.
Now listen, this is my blog to not only help with information but my blog to freely rant about my day to day experiences. There is no real "bad language" on this blog but there might be some things said that are very "tongue in cheek". If you are easily offended and/or cant see the satire in my posts then please just leave the blog. It will save both of us the annoyance of each other. For those of you who do like satire and are looking for good information about this experience, then by all means enjoy!