Monday, May 21, 2007

Progress baby......progress!

Man......I'm sitting here thinking as to "where do I start"? First off without sounding like a beta-male pantie waist I really met some great new friends during this last week. The entire team .....and listen, I mean entire (well except one guy with an Ole Miss hat on.......nothing to do with my family going to Mississippi State either....serious!) team was great. Dave, John, Terry, Robbie, Rip, Dresh, B. Ham, Evan, Dudley, Applegate, Mitch, Jessie, Mark, Frank.......I could go on for a while. Great human beings.......really great! Of course I am assuming you know that Carey and I were already friends and that my opinion of him is very high..... what a great guy he is! Carey/Dave directed the team to 17th in shoulder. Out of 75-odd teams.....coming from like 50th 4 years ago.....thats great! What you need to know is that competition "Q" is A LOT different from backyard or restaurant "Q". I dont have time nor do I feel like explaining right now the why/how..........but it is two different worlds. They really did a great job! I have so many blogs to catch up on so I'm going to leave it at this because I want to match the blogs with the pics.................but I have to say that I really didnt expect to really enjoy myself this time around because my last go around sucked ass. Nothing against John Willingham........because that was an "old" team, etc. but these boys were great. Everyone did their share......especially Terry, Dresh, Carey, John & Dave.....they worked their ass off. Great guys.........really great guys! The picture above is Carey spewing some of his legendary bullshit. Being my 1st year on the team I was pretty quiet on my bullshit ability. Those of you that know me well know that I was blessed with an incredible ability to add on 15-20% of fabrication to any story.........which we all know is the art of a true really good story teller. Carey is in my league and the picture above is Carey spewing pure fabrication from the P.A.. It was artistic! As you know I could not blog 3-4 times a day down there like I wanted to because of the lack of what I'm going to do is re-blog with all my pics over the next few days to catch you back up. I'm looking forward to getting back to the Joint tomorrow (Lord Willing). a non rectal pluggin kind of way..........I've really missed my guys.........Bo, Marteen, Raul (and now Emily)............looking forward to getting back to the pit and the kitchen!

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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!