I have Guy Fieri to
blame thank for my love of BBQ joints.
I began watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives a few years ago. At that time I’d heard of brisket and pulled pork, but I’d never eaten it. I would listen intently as Guy described how these bbq joints smoked the meats for hours and then watch hungrily as he sampled and tasted them.
I had my first taste of it in El Paso during one of my bowling tournament trips. I had the brisket at Famous Dave’s and from then on I’ve been addicted. Not just to eating it, but to finding places that are all about smoking, and seasoning, and homemade barbecue sauce….. and the sides.
I’d love to be an amateur version of Guy…. ride around on my motorcycle looking for unique barbecue joints. Maybe some day I’ll have the time to plan more trips. Til then, I’lI take it when I can get it.
Like when we went to Nashville.
Hubby discovered Rippy’s Barbecue on his first lone business trip to Nashville. He took pictures on his phone and flauntingly texted them to me.
He’s been twice since then, so I knew this getaway was going to be my opportunity to try it.
I can see why he loved it so much!
It’s a cozy place on the corner of Broadway.
They have a stage for live music.
Most importantly, they serve their pulled pork on cornbread pancakes. Who knew? (Well hubby did… this wasn’t his first rodeo.)
I gotta admit, the sweet cornbread and the smoked meat and the tangy bbq sauce go VERY well together! My only complaint was the cornbread got kinda soggy where the pork was, so next time I’ll ask for it on the side.
The next day we headed to Martins Barbecue Joint. I scouted this place out using the Diners website. The way Guy made it sound, I was excited to try it.
The show on Martins described how they cook the pig whole. It was funny watching them sling the entire pig, minus the head, onto the grill. I was happy that I didn’t have to see it in person, however…
Inside, the place was rustic looking. Just like I’d imagined. I had studied the menu before going, so I knew what I was gettin….
The beef brisket plate with cornbread pancakes and coleslaw on the side.
Let me just tell you. This was absolutely the best brisket I have ever had – and I’ve been to Rendezvous in Memphis. Hubby’s pulled pork was downright spectacular as well. So moist and flavorful! The cornbread pancakes were crispy on the outside and were cooked with the same seasonings as the meat. They were almost a little too peppery for my taste, but that didn’t stop me from eating most of it.
Definitely finger-lickin’ good and 2 saucy thumbs up!