Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Smoke on the Plains

The two crown jewels of Southern culture are arguably food and music. The two of them individually have the power to bring people together in fellowship and celebration but when you put them together, you're just can't help but feel like you are a little closer to heaven. This past weekend Jim 'N Nick's had the great pleasure of serving all the good folks behind the scenes at the Sticks country music festival outside of Auburn, AL. Volunteers, producers and even the stars themselves helped themselves to the tender, smoky goodness of our barbecue while melodies from the biggest names in country music painted their way over the landscape. Wash the whole experience down with some of Mudbone's Homegrown Hopshine and you can't help but want to put your feet up on the porch rail. A country Woodstock? I'm pretty sure nobody ate that good at Yasgur's farm.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q headed to the Big Apple!

Jim 'N Nick's has been honored with an invitation to the Big Apple Barbeque Block Party, here are some details of the event. Check it out and watch for more updates to come.

7th Annual Snapple Big Apple Barbeque Block Party

June 13 – 14, 2009
Noon – 6pm
Madison Square Park
New York City

The Big Apple Barbeque Block Party brings together 14 of the nation’s top pit-masters who come together to cook of their unique, specialty barbeque item.

The plates at the event are sold for $8.00 and each day includes live demonstrations along with an assortment of live music to serve as the backdrop entertainment in the Park.
All proceeds from the event go to the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

The 14 selected Pitmasters are:

Drew Robinson Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q
Ken Callaghan from Blue Smoke
Patrick Martin, Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint
Michael Rodriguez, The Salt Lick BBQ
Joe Duncan, Baker’s Ribs
Ed Mitchell, The Pit
Jimmy Hagood, BlackJack BBQ
John Stage, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
John Wheeler, Rack & Soul
Pete Daversa, Hill Country
Chris Lilly from Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q
Garry Roark, Ubon’s “Champion’s Choice”
Ed Wilson, Wilson’s Barbeque
Mike Mills, 17th Street Bar & Grill

Jim ‘N Nick’s will be serving our smoked sausage with fresh pimento cheese on a saltine.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

East Bound and Down in Dega

"Seriously" I'm thinking to myself while we're pulling pork and making barbecue sandwiches in the garage where all the Nascar greats have been at one time or another at the Talladega Superspeedway. I'm not even a Nascar fan but this is cool. But as cool as it is there are some ironies as well. The event we're serving is a half marathon footrace on the legendary track usually inhabited by stock cars that travel so fast the hardly touch the ground. And in a place where speed is king we're serving pork shoulders cooked as slowly as we can possibly cook them. So what's all this for? To raise money for prostate cancer research. The whole event was awsome and slightly dichotomous at the same time. Sweet home Alabama??? Most definitley.

I would certainly be remiss not to mention that this happeninig took place because of Jim 'N Nick's good friend Valerie McLean, owner of The Trak Shak. She's a lady that certainly realizes great ideas turned into reality always go better with barbecue.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Welcome to the Table.

Table 58. It's where we eat lunch and dinner. Research is discussed and developments are made. Happy hour is always on schedule. Tough decisions are finalized and lighthearted decisions are listened to with careful attention. We take our greatest pleasure in celebrating life's most ordinary moments here. It's our family table in the home that we all work to grow and build everyday. It's in the spirit of the family table that we have launched this blog. This is our virtual table to gather at and tell the tales that weave together as our family story.

Just like the real Table 58, some stories are told at odd hours, all stories are told at most hours and odd stories are told at all hours. We're not waiting for anyone but everyone is invited. When you've got time, pull up a chair and see what's going on at the moment and what you might have missed in the moments past.