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Let’s Talk BBQ with Martin’s BBQ Joint Founder Pat Martin

Birmingham locals know and love Martin's Bar-B-Que, owned by Pat Martin. This week, Pat joins The SavvyCast to share about his new book, Life of Fire

Episode At A Glance: 

Calling all bar-b-que lovers! This week, Pat Martin joins me on The SavvyCast to share all things whole hog BBQ. He shares about his restaurant, giving insight into how the pandemic affected his businesses. Additionally, Pat shares about the art of bar-b-que in the South and how it differs from region to region. Lastly, Pat gives listeners the inside scoop on his new book about mastering grilling, BBQ, and the smokehouse called Life of Fire

Who Is Pat Martin? 

Nashville Restaurateur and Pitmaster Pat Martin is the founder of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Hugh-Baby’s BBQ & Burger Shop. A celebrated leader at the forefront of traditional American barbecue, Pat Martin is one of the few pitmasters still carrying the torch of West Tennessee-style whole hog BBQ. Martin's debut cookbook, Life of Fire: Mastering the Arts of Pit-Cooked Barbecue, The Grill, and The Smokehouse (Clarkson Potter, 2022) illustrates his lifelong passion and dedication to live-fire cooking through detailed instruction, deep procedural guidance, and recipes. Martin is regularly featured in the press, including The Today Show, Food Network, Bon Appetit, Esquire, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel Channel, Men’s Journal, Eater, and National Geographic, among many others. Martin lives in Nashville with his wife, Martha Ann, and their three children Wyatt, Daisy, and Walker.

Questions Answered In This Episode: 

  • What are Pat’s most popular menu items?
  • Is BBQ a dying culinary art?
  • What are some of the recent struggles in the BBQ restaurant business?
  • How is BBQ different in various locations across the South and what is different about it?
  • What is a “redneck taco?” How did Pat come up with it?
  • How did the pandemic affect his businesses?
  • What info and insight does Pat’s book, Life of Fire, have in it?

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