Monday, September 21, 2009


So I went out the other day to check on the site, to see if the footers had been poured for the slab yet. wasnt anyone around except an old man in a huge wooden boat. I went over and introduced myself to him. He told me his name was Noah and that he'd keep an eye out for any contractors and let me know but that in the mean time he was very busy loading two of every beast on to his boat. Actually he did look pretty busy so I told him I'd see him around. He told me that it was supposed to keep raining for a while, but that he would keep me posted as to when it might dry up a little - then we could see some guys out working concrete. He said he would release a dove, and that when it came back with a masonry trowel we'd be pretty close to getting back to work. he told me to hang in there.

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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!