Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Getting the trailer going for the hog-pit. Paint came in today, 1300 degree flat black. we'll put 3 coats on it. I now have a slight delta (change) in my plans..........thinking of going fwd with the 32ft gooseneck i was originally thinking about and just getting the whole dad-gum thing done now. Ill post tomorrow with the update.

New website is/should be up......its a great step....we'll make changes (deltas) as we go be Mike Causey is great! I'm about to touch base with my old friend Katie Walker, been missing her a lot.......she & John had a baby and I've been trying to leave her alone, but I saw on Facebook the other day that she was sharpening her pencils...........sounds like Katie "All-Star" Walker is coming out of hibernation

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


New website with new blog is here........launching it officially on Monday. Lots to catch you up on:

1) possible new building
2) invitation as one of the Pit-Masters to the infamous "Big Apple BBQ Block Party" in June
3) yet another timely, unplanned child on the way - my lovely wife being irresponsible once again with the birth control pills. september 7th due date. oh yeah and its a boy.......may God help us!
4) new whole hog trailer being built - its a monster!!!
5) update on business - the Martin's BBQ "pirate ship" is actually getting serious!?!?!
6) update on a new douche bag vendor
7) update on a new sloth/moron customer - this one is a good story! some folks are just unreal!
8) i am now going to be updating via "twitter" (short 2-3 sentence updates)......this will enable me to actually update my damn blog.......look, the big ass paragraphs were just getting too tough for me to do on a regular basis - i have severe adult ADD - what do you expect? what a terrible excuse.

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!