Saturday, September 12, 2009

Go eat at Jimmy Carl's Lunchbox!

You know whenever I get a chance I love eating at Nashville BBQ spots. Its not everytime but quite (if I've got some Martin's BBQ stuff on ) often I get the look like, "what are you doing here" if BBQ guys ain't supposed to go eat at other BBQ guys there is some unwritten rule.......I dont know, whatever......I really enjoy it and Nashville has some really good when I have time I support everyone I can! So here recently I got behind on my books a tad bit, and let me tell you that will compound in a hurry! So thursday i hunkered down in my office/shoebox at home and dove off into a big ole' pool of Quickbooks.......which let me tell you was riveting! Anyway......broke for lunch around 11:00 or so and went with my buddy Kirk Duggan down to Jimmy Carl's Lunchbox in the Gulch. Didnt get that look from these guys.......instead I got a "glad you are here what can I get you" look. Listen, flat out dang good BBQ! Those guys opened up for lunch in the legendary Station Inn....perfect spot. Had the pork sandwich, slaw, mac cheese salad, beans, ribs! Really great BBQ At any rate......go spend some freakin' money with these guys, the food is well worth it and they are trying really hard.......if you have followed this blog for very long you'll know that, uh, I can relate!!!

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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!