Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Arlie Bragg

I remember like it was yesterday. A rainy day in June 2006. I had just verbally agreed to rent the space in Nolensville from Vern. I was in the process of finding a pit. Knowing that I could not build a brick pit to cook hogs on (because of codes), I was trying to find a pit that replicated that of the brick pits I knew and know so well. I called what seemded like everyone in the country, one of which was Ole Hickory Pits. Next thing I know I'm "up on top" of Mt. Juliet in the driveway of Arlie Bragg; Competition Cook, Organizer, Caterer. Arlie sold me on the pits and the rest is history. He and I were talking the other day and I had realized that I had never given ol' Arlie his rightful "props" here on the here it is. Arlie is a great guy, friend, and a helluva cook.......if you ever need a pit, call Arlie or look up his website @


ULIKA BBQ said...

Arlie was the contest organizer for the contest in Gallatin that we competed in last year.

I like the new layout. I have a link to your blog from my blog ( I plan on doing a review of Martin's soon and posting it on my blog. I will give you props for helping me sell my cooker.

(BTW this is Rob, the guy who sold the cooker to Terry)

Pat Martin said...

thanks for the post rob and thanks for your business! i look forward to the review....hope to see you in the joint soon.


Austin's Journey said...

Thanks Patrick.....I will be down soon to eat lunch again. For the people surrounding Nashville you need to head down to Martins BBQ. It will be the best you can get around here. I just told two song writers about you this morning. See you soon.


Anonymous said...

His site sucks, I wanted to see pics of his smokers!

Pat Martin said...

arlie's site is his catering company. the pits you might want to see are at is also a sales rep for them, please call him if you have any questions.

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