Wednesday, June 17, 2009

More Snapshots......

1st pic of Big Apple BBQ Block Party

More pics/commentary to come.......the event surpassed even my best expectations, it was great! This is Friday night around 8:30, 24th & Madison Ave.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Interview with Pat on WNYC

Pat and Kenny Callaghan were guests on the Leonard Laporte show. Here is the interview.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Video of the new Rig

Hello everyone, Mike here, I will be helping Pat update the blog here. First update, here is a video of the new Whole Hog Rig to add to the pics in the last post. The rig is currently on it's way today to the Big Apple to do some serious Whole Hog cooking. The trip so far has been an adventure, with traffic and hailstorms but all is going well.

Monday, June 08, 2009

New Catering Trailer

Leaving for NYC in 8 hours at 4:00am with Robbie Lunday. Here we go........2009 Big Apple Block Party.

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!