Friday, November 14, 2008


I'm in Correctionville Iowa........Pheasant hunting. As you may summize this post has not a dad-gum thing to do with BBQ, opening a restaurant, grilling, cooking, lude language, nudity, bootlegging or.........................uh...............grits. This is really just a post telling you that I have a lot to post about, but ain't gonna do it till first of the week sometime when I get time. Really I'm happy as a damn tornado in a trailer park to be doing this, because I'm a huge quail hunter.....but as any Southerner knows quail hunting ain't what it was 15 years ago, let alone in the 80's and before! We're hunting WILD Pheasant here........not some pen-raised birds let loose an hour before we put our boots on. We may not see any birds, and if we do they may take off way before we come on em'............30mph winds, scattered snow ain't helping us.......but surely that ain't why we're here is it? All I know is I'm not thinking about running a restaurant.


Randy Lee said...

Martin, welcome to Pheasant Country USA. Have been following your blog for some time now because my partner and I are opening up a BBQ / CW restaruant - bar, Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon in Iowa City, Iowa (How 'Bout them Hawks). Our projected opening date is late April early May. Your blog has provided us with both inspiration and information, thank you for that. If you come up next year for some bird hunting we would love for you to drop by, have some nice property to hunt upon and would love for you to sample some of our 'Que, maybe we can even smoke a bird or two. Keep doing what you're doing, Randy Lee

Pat Martin said...

randy thanks for following along....if there is ever anything i can do please dont hesitate to ask! i wish y'all well on your new place. Lord willing i'll be back next year and would love to stop by and visit. take care, thanks again!


Randy Lee said...

Mr. Martin, sorry about last post, left off the "Mr", made it seem like I thought your name was Martin, again my apologies. Hope your holidays have started out great for you and yours. Have a question for you, in all your vast jouneys and life long connections have you met / know of anyone who might be willing to help us a bit with some consulting as we go through our start up in late April early May? Would love to have that knowledge at start up if possible. Have a great holiday season and an even better '09.

Randy Lee
Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon

Pat Martin said...

sure.....send me an email and we'll figure it out for you....if you are going to spend for consulting you need for it to be worth every hour (this is how consulting is priced) you pay for!!! my email is:

racheld said...


I seldom check in at eG any more, but saw a mention of "Martin's" on another website, and thought it might have been you, since it's near Spring Hill.

We're still coming in to have some of your wonderful cooking---the kids have been coming up here lately, the last couple of years, and so we haven't passed through there much.

I hope this was YOU he was talking about---it's worth looking at:

Hope all's well with you and all of yours---I LOVE the bright-lit, busy, happy porch in the post. It was quiet and cloudy and subdued the day we stopped in---on a Sunday. We'll hit a fun Saturday night with all the clan sometime---I can't wait.


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!