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Barbecue, Beer and Bourbon


I wrote about two of my favorite things, barbecue and beer, in a story and a column on the cover yesterday’s AJC Food section.

You can check out the barbecue story on

You can find Beer Town on the AJC Drink blog:

And you can eat barbecue and drink beer at two events on Thursday, May 30. But if those aren’t your favorite things, maybe you’ll like another event that night in celebration of another of my favorite things, bourbon.

Pig Out Party

JCT Kitchen & Bar’s Ford Fry and  E.J. Hodgkinson host the tailgate-style kickoff to the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival with some of the South’s best barbecue chefs, including: Chris Hall, Eli Kirshtein, Todd Mussman, Suzanne Vizethann, Greg Baker, Brandon McGlamery, Levon Wallace, Derek Emerson, Mary Jennifer Russell, Gary Crunkleton, Kelly English, and Chris Sheperd. Tickets $65 (included in 3-Day  and Connoisseur 3-Day passes) here:

Fox Bros. Texas dinner

The newly renovated Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q hosts Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn for a Texas-style dinner in celebration of Vaughn’s new book, “The Prophets of Smoked Meat.” Tickets $75, including a copy of the book and an open bar, here:

Belle Meade Dinner

Chef Robert Phalen of One Eared Stag hosts Charlie Nelson of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery for a five-course dinner with cocktail pairings featuring Belle Meade Bourbon. Nelson will be visiting from Nashville as a presenter for the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. Tickets $100, including  pairings, tax, and gratuity, here:

12 comments Add your comment

david c

May 24th, 2013
8:26 pm

BBQ has officially jumped the shark.

Fred ™

May 25th, 2013
1:26 pm

Damn david c, I think you may be right, nice catch, I’ll always remember you said it first. Think “sliders” are next? At least BBQ is good lol.

Unfortunately for me, like Btown, I have a green egg and do it myself so there is little reason for me to go anywhere else but home. As I’m still learning, some of my items need work still but my butts and ribs are perfect. I mainly go to BBQ places now for the sides or the Brunswick stew. I can make awesome Brunswick stew as well, but there are so many ingredients and the batches are so large, there is no point, we can’t eat it all.

Of course those two festivals are a horse of a different color. Fox Brothers (like community Q) is always a treat.


May 26th, 2013
9:35 am

The AJC Food section hasn’t been online for quite some time to the dismay of many.


May 26th, 2013
10:01 am

I’d post some links for much better choices of barbeque in the metro area – but the AJC doesn’t like to share them. They’re more interested in making you pay to read stories online that we don’t want to pay for in print. I guess they’re just as guilty of suppressing the 1st Amendment as their beloved President.

david c

May 26th, 2013
12:21 pm

Bad enough BBQ jumps the shark, but some idiot politicizes a food blog.


May 26th, 2013
5:19 pm

Bitching about the paywall that the AJC has erected (like many other media outlets) just shows me that some of you are cheapskates. If there’s anything that has jumped the shark, it’s bitching about the new MyAJC thing. I’m a subscriber to the print edition, so I get the MyAJC access as part of my subscription.


May 28th, 2013
1:38 pm

Good for you, horsetooth. A lot of people don’t. And this is a BLOG on a newspaper site. Want to pay for the online newspaper and pay to read the food section? Great!! Want to look at the stupid blogs but they want to link you to pay site instead? Not great!!

Instead of bitching yourself, how about you read how the AJC itself said that the stupid stuff like bogs would still be available via, and then turned around and had the reviewers here link all of the reviews to instead of just posting them in the food section. I think maybe they don’t have they’re act together, but it makes NO ONE a cheapskate, not wanting to pay to read a BLOG.

John Kessler

May 28th, 2013
3:01 pm

Great story, Bob!

Tim Couch

May 30th, 2013
9:52 pm

Hey Bob and John and the rest of the gang,
Can you recommend any BBQ books that include instructions on putting the meat in foil midway like the competition guys do?

Also, are there any “classic” BBQ books you could recommend?


May 31st, 2013
8:32 am

Tim Couch…….The Barbque Bible is a big, easy to read book that covers just about every subject.

Bryan Southard

May 31st, 2013
2:43 pm

Tim Couch–take a look at They have a ton of good advice on BBQ and I’m pretty sure the foil wrap is on the website.