Creole Daube Recipe at Nola Cuisine

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Daube Creole is a Beef Roast dish unique to Louisiana because it is larded with seasoned salt pork.

Daube Creole Recipe at Nola Cuisine.

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It is a delicious preparation that I like to include pig’s feet into for the richness and gelatin that they add to the sauce.

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Pot Roast is great but Daube Creole is in a class of it’s own!

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New England Clam Chowder Recipe

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Since I was a kid, one of my absolute favorite soups has always been New England Clam Chowder. I started off as a youngster with the Red Lobster version or even grabbing a can of the Campbell’s Thick & Chunky in a pinch, but as I got older my tastes for a good chowder started to become more refined. I spent years searching for the best Chowder and experimenting with different techniques at home. I finally discovered that my absolute favorite Clam Chowder was the one made at home for family and friends, the one that took time and care to perfect and didn’t get poured from a “boil in the bag”.

I prefer to use salt pork in my chowder but sometimes I go back to my roots and substitute bacon for the smokiness that it lends to the finished product.

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As in all recipes, seasoning is paramount!

After all of these long years, here is my humble Clam Chowder recipe, I hope you enjoy it!

New England Clam Chowder Recipe

1/4 Lb. Salt Pork or Slab Bacon cut into 1/2″ dice
2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
2 Cups Spanish Onion, chopped
1 Cup Celery, chopped
1 Cup Leeks, white and light green parts only, washed and chopped
1/2 Cup Flour
3 Fresh Bay Leaves
5 Cups Clam Juice
1 lb or 1 Large Russet Potato, peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubes
2 Cups Half & Half
1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme Leaves, chopped
2 lbs of Chopped or Minced Clams, frozen or canned
1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsp Tabasco or Crystal hot sauce
1/4 tsp Cayenne
1 Tbsp Italian Parsley, finely chopped
Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
Plenty of Crusty Sourdough or French Bread and good cold Beer

Heat the salt pork in a Dutch Oven over high heat until it starts to sizzle then turn the heat down to medium. Render as bacon until it is crisp (about 10 minutes) then remove the crispy salt pork with a slotted spoon and set aside.

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Turn the heat to medium high then add the onion, celery, leeks and butter to the pork fat.

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Sweat the vegetables until they begin to soften, scrape the brown particles from the bottom of the pan while stirring the vegetables.
Add the flour to the vegetables and stir to evenly coat, turn the pan to medium low. Cook stirring constantly for 5-7 minutes.

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Add the bay leaves and stir in 1 cup of the clam juice until incorporated with the roux, then stir in the remaining 4 cups. Bring to a boil over high heat.
Add the Potatoes then bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
Stir in the half & half and fresh thyme. Bring to a simmer.
Add the Worcestershire, hot sauce and Cayenne. Season to taste with salt & plenty of black pepper.
Stir in the clams and parsley, cook over medium low until the clams are heated through. DO NOT boil after adding the clams or they will become tough and rubbery.

Garnish with the crispy salt pork in large soup bowls with plenty of Crusty Bread and cold beer!

Serves 4-6 generously.

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Woodshed Smokehouse – Fort Worth, Texas

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My buddy Tom and I went looking for breakfast on our first day off after a long week of work in Fort Worth. We settled on IHOP and walked in to find a heck of a long wait, put our names in for a table and decided to take a look around the area on foot. We took a little walk along the Trinity River and stumbled upon Chef Tim Love’s little slice of heaven Woodshed Smokehouse!

Woodshed Smokehouse
3201 Riverfront Dr
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 877-4545

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Live music, awesome patio (actually all patio), awesome bar, everything on the menu using the wood most suited to the ingredient for flavor and smoke intensity! We dropped our IHOP plans like a hot rock!

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We settled into a nice table in the sun on a beautiful late Texas morning, listened to the lone singer busting out tunes like Roger Miller’s King of the Road, and looked over the menu.

From Woodshed – Fort Worth, Texas
From Woodshed – Fort Worth, Texas

Those who read this site know my passion for barbecue, smoked foods, and just pure love of anything on fire! Just kidding…kinda. Woodshed is built around the use of different woods to achieve different results; they use mesquite, hickory, oak, pecan and apple woods. The menu indicates which type of wood is used for each menu item…love it!

Woodshed Menu

We decided to do a few small plates to start for variety, Tom took the lead starting with Smoked Artichokes with Lemon & Parmesan. Wonderful choice, smoky, acidic and down right delicious! The artichokes are smoked with hickory and I believe finished in the fryer, then hit with a little lemon juice and finely shredded Parmesan:

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Tom also ordered two phenomenal salad choices, my preference (and I believe my savior after a night of blowing off a little too much steam) The 3 Kale Salad, Celery Greens, Guanciale, smoked Pepitas and Manchego Cheese. A perfectly revitalizing salad after a week of Brisket, late night Pizzas, and Chinese food. Something so remarkably green and satisfying was just what I needed:

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The second salad, a feature, was fresh and delicious as well. Fennel, pears, cauliflower, with I believe a touch of Apple Cider Vinegar in the mix for brightness:

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We also ordered the Sausage of the day which I believe was a duck sausage, served with house whole grain mustard and pickles:

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From Woodshed – Fort Worth, Texas

The Bourbon & Coke “Banh Mi” with pickled chilis. Pork Butt marinated in Maker’s Mark and Coke and smoked with Oak. The bourbon & coke flavors didn’t really jump out at me, but a damned fine pulled pork no less! The slaw and peppers were bright and flavorful and everything was served with house made corn Tortillas and lime wedges:

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We also just had to try the Pork Ribs (smoked with Pecan) why not right! They were perfectly tender as they should be, with the meat pulling away from the bone with a gentle tug, I would expect no less from an establishment so lovingly built around the love of smoke, fire and wood.

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Before heading out we decided to take a peek around the smokehouse, and were graciously invited in by the young man tending the multitude of smokers, all with the wood being used written in chalk on the front of the unit:

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From Woodshed – Fort Worth, Texas
From Woodshed – Fort Worth, Texas

The firebox for the Pork Ribs:

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From Woodshed – Fort Worth, Texas

We even had a chance to speak with the Pit Boss who shared with us some of how they operate the smokehouse.

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I will end this post as I do any pertaining to Barbecue or smoking…with the establishments woodpile, or in this case wood piles!

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From Woodshed – Fort Worth, Texas
From Woodshed – Fort Worth, Texas
From Woodshed – Fort Worth, Texas

Related Posts:

Angelo’s Barbecue – Fort Worth, Texas
Railhead – Fort Worth, Texas
Martin’s BBQ – Nolensville, Tennessee
Loveless Cafe – Nashville, Tennessee

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Railhead Barbecue – Fort Worth, Texas

From May 13, 2012

In addition to Angelo’s, another favorite spot during my recent business trip to Fort Worth was Railhead Barbecue!

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Railhead was just a short walk from my hotel so my new found friends Tom, Angel, Sebastio, Matt and myself shared a lot of what little down time we had on the awesome patio at Railhead, enjoying succulent brisket sandwiches, incredible pork ribs, and ice cold schooners of Shiner!

From May 13, 2012
From May 13, 2012

The sliced brisket sandwich is easily my favorite item on the menu, while taking a close second to the one at Angelo’s.

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The Railhead version has a slightly smokier flavor, served also with onions, mustard and pickles on an unpretentious hamburger bun.

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The ribs at Railhead are also top notch, meaty, smoky and tender…no sauce required!

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The Texas style Sliced Beef samdwich is the thing I miss most about Texas, along with the company of the new friends that I made on that trip.

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From May 13, 2012
From May 13, 2012

Next up, Woodshed!

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Angelo’s BBQ – Fort Worth, Texas

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Angelo’s Barbecue has what is considered to be one of the best barbecued beef briskets in the whole state of Texas, so when I found out I was coming to Fort Worth for work for three weeks, I made it a priority to check it out.

Angelo’s Barbecue
2533 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, TX
(817) 332-0357


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Angelo’s has been family run since 1958 and has a reputation for two things, Barbecued Beef Brisket and ice cold beer served up in a frozen schooner, although I went for a long neck of Shiner Bock on my visit.

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The fireboxes for Angelo’s two pits are located outside of the restaurant for all to see, fueled with hickory logs that flavor the meat encased inside.

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From Angelo's Bbq – Fort Worth, Texas
From Angelo's Bbq – Fort Worth, Texas
From Angelo's Bbq – Fort Worth, Texas

The interior of the restaurant is decorated with wood paneling and mounts from the owners extensive kills and catches.

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From Angelo's Bbq – Fort Worth, Texas

You order at the counter and grab a seat in the dining room to enjoy some of the best Texas has to offer!

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From Angelo's Bbq – Fort Worth, Texas

I went for the sliced beef and hot link sandwiches, and was happy to see that Angelo’s sells Louisiana’s own Zapp’s Chips, my favorite being the Hotter ‘n Hot Jalapeno.

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I fell in love with the Texas combination of brisket, mustard, onion, and pickles on a bun! I had three squares of this Sliced beef sandwich yesterday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner at three different restaurants around Fort Worth. Absolutely love it!

From Angelo's Bbq – Fort Worth, Texas

Angelo’s beef was my favorite. Not overly smoky, well seasoned, and tender as all get out. The word succulent could not be overused in a description, as the fat and flesh are perfectly ensconced. I am truly in awe of their brisket. I will work for years to try to perfect this at home and will probably fail, but hell, the fun is in the trying.

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The Hot Link sandwich was delicious as well, spicy and slightly smoky, served with the same accompaniments as the sliced beef sandwich.

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I highly recommend Angelo’s, my first taste of real Texas Brisket, certainly not the last. I’m sold.

As always when posting about Barbecue, I will end the post with a picture of the establishments wood pile, in this case, Hickory.

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From Angelo's Bbq – Fort Worth, Texas

Next up, Railhead Barbecue, Fort Worth Texas!

Be sure and check out the sister website to this one, Nola Cuisine!

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Nashville Farmer’s Market – Nashville, TN

From May 12, 2012

I love farmer’s markets and whenever I’m on vacation I always seek out the ones in the area that I’m staying in. On my latest trip, Nashville, my wife and I stopped by the Nashville Farmer’s Market to check out their wares on a Saturday morning. Keep in mind it was early spring but there was still a lot of great stuff available. The smoked pork was in great abundance here! Here are some pics. Afterall, a picture is worth a thousand words:

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All manner of smoked pork available, for greens, or beans or what have you:

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Farm fresh eggs:

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Noble Springs Dairy Goat Cheese:

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I loved the photos on the counter with their goats, including their wedding photo:

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Spring Valley Farms Preserves:

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Fresh Okra:

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More pork. Sausages:

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Homemade Pies:

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Onions:

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Beautiful Tomatoes:

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Something I’ve never seen before. Mushroom logs!

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Oyster Mushroom logs:

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Shitake Mushroom Logs:

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Finally, I stopped by this gentleman’s stand, selling Music City Hot Chicken Seasoning (Jerk). I got to asking the friendly guy about how he made Nashville Hot Chicken and he gave me some good pointers which are described here:

Flash Infusion method recipe for Hot Chicken

He was a friendly gentleman and very informative, so I bought some of his product to check it out. Man, great flavor…hot, but more than hot, full flavored with depth.

From May 12, 2012

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My Boudin Recipe at Nola Cuisine

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Nola Cuisine is the sister site to American Gourmand, as well as its predecessor and a labor of love for me! I use the same theme for both sites so that I can link between them, hopefully seamlessly, so one will compliment the other as I share content between the two.

I certainly don’t want my long faithful readers of Nola Cuisine to think I’m leaving it behind, quite the contrary, I want to merge the two sites as much as possible!

Which leads me to my latest post at Nola Cuisine! My most recent Boudin Recipe!

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For those unfamiliar with Boudin, it is a sausage found extensively in South Louisiana, made from cooked pork & pork liver, bound with rice, heavily seasoned, finished heavily with parsley & green onions. A national institution in South Louisiana, found everywhere. A way of life really.

My Boudin Recipe

I live in Michigan, I love Boudin, I make my own…hell yeah! It is a theme you will come to know on American Gourmand, as readers of Nola Cuisine already do. If I can’t get it…I will make it my damned self!

Be sure to visit my other website Nola Cuisine as well as My Recipe Page and My Creole & Cajun Recipe Page!

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Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack – Nashville, Tennessee

From Prince's Hot Chicken Shack
From Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

Of all of the restaurant destinations in Nashville that I had lined up, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack was the #1 that I could not miss! As I heard the former Mayor Bill Purcell say in an online interview of Nashville’s Hot Chicken (the Mayor who under his watch founded the Music City Hot Chicken Festival), “It’s our most indigenous food.”

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We almost missed Prince’s too, we went early one day, mislead by a bogus online posting, so we bumped up Martin’s Barbecue Joint on the schedule, then found out Prince’s didn’t open until 2 the next day, and was closed on Sunday! Holy Lord, need to make this happen! We did make it happen, even though we had eaten a big breakfast/lunch and were quite full. “I just need a taste,” I told myself.

As we walked in, I noticed an older gentleman sitting in the corner booth who looked familiar, sporting a generous plate of Hot Chicken.

We made our way to the ordering window, spotting and giving a big “Go Wings” to jersyed Detroiters at a booth on the way. “That’s what’s up!” one of them sputtered through the snot running down his nose as he sweated over a plate of hot chicken. (The Detroit Red Wings were playing the Nashville Predators on the Saturday we were in town.)

We made it to the window, and I’m ashamed to say that I ordered it mild, extra pickles please (I love pickles). I’m going to make some excuses here:

*All of the hype turned me into a big sniveling ninny.
*I drank about 20 Yazoo Pale Ales at Robert’s Western World the night/morning before, complete with a nightcap Fried Bologna Sandwich:

From Robert's Western World – Fried Bologna Sandwich

*We ate at Wendell Smith an hour before coming to Prince’s, I was so full it was intolerable
*I don’t know what came over me, I’m a big jackass

I know. No excuses count. I should have ordered it as God intended it to be…HOT! Next time.

As we waited for our Hot Chicken I glanced again at the corner booth, and realized that the older gentleman sitting there was none other than Bill Purcell, whom I mentioned above. The guy obviously loves his Hot Chicken, but not just any Hot Chicken, Prince’s. I got a cool picture of him in the shadow of the famous Prince’s window painting when I snapped a few pics outside.

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Our order came up and as we were not lucky enough to find a booth inside that wasn’t occupied, we went to the car. Hey, I’m not proud!

Like I said, I ordered it mild (I know, I know, I know), and was expecting the hype to totally let me down. No way. This was the most full flavored, amazing Fried Chicken I have had in my entire life. No lie. Not just heat either, ordering it mild let me taste all of the nuances without thinking about the scoville rating. Amazing, full flavored chicken from the crust, all the way down to the bone, with just enough heat to appreciate. The chicken is nestled on top of white bread that catches all of the glorious, hot drippings and seasonings. I dare say that I enjoyed the flavor saturated, red bread as much as the chicken. Please bare in mind, when we ordered I was already uncomfortably full from the meat and three we had for lunch, but after biting into this amazing Nashville invention, I kept muttering, “Jeez, I wish I had ordered more!”

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The chicken is fried in lard in huge cast iron pans in the back. The mystery, or secret recipe is in the finish that goes on after the chicken comes out of the fryer, although I suspect that there may be some Cayenne in the frying lard as well. I also picked up on a finishing seasoning that can be seen in the photo. I saw flecks of what I thought was chili powder.

From Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

Here is the film about Hot Chicken on the Southern Foodways Alliance by Joe York:

Recreating Nashville Hot Chicken for a recipe is my number one priority here on American Gourmand at the moment! As soon as I get it right, you know I will share!

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Martin’s BAR-B-QUE Joint – Nolensville, Tennessee

From Martin's BBQ Joint – Nolensville, TN.

Good Barbecue is hard to come by in the north, (unless you come to my house, that is) so when I venture south, I’m always on the prowl for some well sweated swine. I’ve heard many a good thing about Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint when researching places to eat during our recent visit to Nashville, it was actually one of the places that I promised myself not to miss!

Martin’s BAR-B-QUE Joint
7238 Nolensville, Rd.
Nolensville, TN 37135
(615)776-1856 • fax (615)776-5770

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We visited Martin’s on our second day in Nashville. It’s about 30 minutes outside of the city in Nolensville, TN, in a corner of a strip mall parking lot and nestled behind a Sonic, you know that place, the one that fills you with self loathing after you eat it, and ask yourself the simple question “Why did I just eat that??” Maybe it’s just me.

I lumbered past the Sonic, haunted by the ghosts of bad, late night meals past, and pulled into Martin’s, the smell of smoke and rendering pork fat immediately warmed my spirits and filled me with excitement for the meal to come.

The interior of Martin’s is fun with a lot of chotchkies, signs with goofy sayings, albums, concert posters, and on the day we visited…a dead pig.

From Martin's BBQ Joint – Nolensville, TN.

Martin’s cooks a whole hog every Friday for Saturday service, the whole hog pit is right in the dining room! We visited on a Friday so I had the pleasure of photographing the gentleman prepping the hog for the following days Pig Roast.

From Martin's BBQ Joint – Nolensville, TN.
From Martin's BBQ Joint – Nolensville, TN.

We went up to the window and placed our orders, the service staff is young, smiling and extremely friendly.

From Martin's BBQ Joint – Nolensville, TN.

The menu:

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At the ordering window is a small fridge filled with beer, my eyes lit up when I spied a bottle of Dixie Beer, which is sadly no longer brewed in New Orleans, another casualty of Hurricane Katrina. Dixie is now brewed in Wisconsin, but I’m still a sentimental fool for an ice cold Dixie when I see one, although I drink it with a tear in my eye.

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We sat down and waited for our orders to arrive, listening to the sound of the gentleman in my photos go to work on the hog with a hatchet and hammer. My wife wasn’t a big fan of being so close to the macabre business of butterflying a whole hog before and during eating lunch, but I sure enjoyed it!

Clunk! Clunk! Clunk!

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Our food arrived, I could hardly wait to dig in!

I couldn’t resist ordering the house specialty, the Redneck Taco. Pulled Pork, slaw, sauce served on a hoecake, which is basically a cornbread batter cooked like a pancake on a hot griddle. Martin’s hoecake has great flavor, with a lot of black pepper.

From Martin's BBQ Joint – Nolensville, TN.
From Martin's BBQ Joint – Nolensville, TN.

My wife went for the straight up pulled pork sandwich which is offered on a bun or open faced on Texas Toast. Martin’s boasts of smoking their pulled pork for 22 hours, the time pays off, as their pulled pork is succulent, delicious.

Clunk! Clunk!

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I also ordered a brisket sandwich for us to share, also juicy and delicious!

From Martin's BBQ Joint – Nolensville, TN.

Ordering a few different choices allowed us to try a variety of sides. I ordered the brisket with Cornbread which is the hoecake as described above:

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The pit beans, were very good, with shreds of pulled pork throughout.

From Martin's BBQ Joint – Nolensville, TN.

My favorite sides that I tasted though were the Pinto Beans, served in a flavorful chicken broth slightly spicy with green chilis:

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…and the potato salad, which was down home goodness. Large chunks of Redskin Potatoes, bound with a mustard and mayonnaise based sauce. Nothing ground breaking, just a well made potato salad, a perfect accompaniment to some well made Barbecue!

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After lunch I had to do my outdoor inspection of the barbecue joint. It’s kind of an obsession of mine, photographing woodpiles, trying to get a glimpse of the pit through the back door. Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint is using an Old Hickory Pit, a great piece of equipment! This trailer unit is proudly on display in front of the restaurant. Old hickory for sure on the front end.

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The old hickory on the outdoor unit, love the skull and crossbones!

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The other side of the unit, I’m assuming for competitions where the old hickory unit can’t be used except to ignite the fire. Or maybe just for volume:

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Martin’s also has a drive thru!

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I truly enjoyed my visit to Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, a family run joint with good food and a good vibe! Check out their list of:

Things we know for certainty!

I will end this post the way I will end posts about all Barbecue Joints, smokehouses and the like! With photos of their woodpile(s).

From Martin's BBQ Joint – Nolensville, TN.
From Martin's BBQ Joint – Nolensville, TN.

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Loveless Cafe – Nashville, Tennessee

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Loveless Cafe – Nashville, Tennnessee

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Greetings from Nashville! Yesterday was our first day in Nashville, with a flight so early it required a 4:00 a.m. wake up. Upon arriving in Nashville at 8:15 a.m., all that my wife and I could dream of was a good, sturdy Southern breakfast. We jumped into our rental, and I dug into Google maps on my phone, alight with stars brighter than the night sky, each one a reminder that there is no way I could ever manage to make it to all of these restaurants, dives, and meat and three’s, even if I lived here. I focused in on the legendary Loveless Cafe, turned on the navigation and allowed the Speak N Spell guys girlfriend to direct us to breakfast. Loveless cafe is about 35 minutes from Nashville International Airport.


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Loveless Cafe
8400 Tennessee 100 Nashville, TN 37221
(615) 646-9700

The neon sign for the Loveless, which at one time was a motel, makes one think of the kind you would see along Route 66 during the 1950′s, or along any highway during the 50′s for that matter. This sign is permanently held in “no vacancy” mode, as the motel portion of the establishment closed for good in 1985, the original motel buildings now house retail shops, one of which being an outpost for the cafe’s hams & jams retail outlet, along with t-shirts, cookbooks, bumper stickers, keychains, you name it.

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Upon entering the cafe, with warm smiles and “Good morning”s all around, you are surrounded with signed photos of the celebrities who have visited. On a side note, I’ve always wondered about how the owners of restaurants go about the approach of asking said celebrities for these photos? Do they ask them to send one out? Does the celebrity in question know enough to carry an envelope full of smiling photos of him or herself if they want to go out to eat? Has a celebrity ever been asked for one of these autographs in the middle of a mouth full of food? I digress.

Upon being seated I tell my wife I kind of regret coming for breakfast as I hear Loveless has some wonderful Fried Chicken. Actually, Fried Chicken is how the business came to be known back in 1951 when it was owned by Lon and Anne Loveless. Fried Chicken was the only thing served, on picnic tables on the couples front porch to weary travelers. I can’t miss the Fried Chicken! We are seated in a cozy small dining room, I don’t realize until later that there is an almost obscenely large dining room right next door; we got lucky.

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Our waiter greets us with menus, and promises to be back in a moment with some of the famous biscuits straight from the oven, along with housemade preserves.

I quickly check out the breakfast menu and am pleased to find a half order of Fried Chicken as an a la carte item, just below, in a stroke of my good fortune, waffles. Big warm smile. While ordering I can’t help but notice an a la carte order of Barbecue Pulled Pork on a Loveless biscuit for $2.95. Why not? Lets kick this trip off right!

Our friendly waiter arrives promptly with the biscuits and preserves as promised.

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The aroma of butter permeates the air and draws us into the plate of steaming biscuits immediately, the preserves can wait. The biscuits at Loveless are far beyond my expectation, so far in fact that I don’t think I will ever bite into another biscuit without comparing it to the ones I had at Loveless; or at least until I find it’s equal or superior, if ever. Angel light texture, the flavor of real butter dominating. Pure heaven.

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The preserves are exceptional as well, the selection being strawberry, blackberry and peach. The blackberry is the standout in my mind, although all were delicious.

The food arrives moments later.

My wife ordered a traditional egg and bacon breakfast, the only thing out of the ordinary being a hash brown casserole. Cheesy hash browns? How could you go wrong?

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My wonderfully crispy Fried Chicken with Waffles:

From Loveless Cafe – Nashville, TN

I love spearing together a forkful of fried chicken and a hunk of waffle, and dipping the whole mess into maple syrup. The crisp, the savory, the sweet. A wonderfully American concoction. While I’m enjoying the whole experience, I feel like I’m neglecting my little buddy to my right:

From Loveless Cafe – Nashville, TN

The combination of the slight smokiness of the pork, coupled with the buttery biscuit and the tomato-vinegar sauce is something I won’t soon forget. The biscuit brings the pulled pork to a new level of deliciousness. The Pulled pork is smoked in a Barbecue shack next to the restaurant which also sells Barbecue take out:

From Loveless Cafe – Nashville, TN

We pay our bill and head out so that I can snap some pictures of the neon sign. The weather is a bust, a torrential down pour which turns out to be the theme of the whole day. Our waiter was kind enough to run out into the pouring rain to give me my credit card, which I foolishly left in the check presenter, apparently I was in a hazy state of good southern food. It makes me forgetful.

The sad part about taking my food trips is that I only have one stomach. I sadly didn’t get to sample more of the barbecue at Loveless as the ginormity of my breakfast ruined me for most of the day. I did however get some pics of their woodpiles. For some reason, I can hardly resist taking picture of woodpiles and barbecue pits when I see them, it must be the cave man in me.

From Loveless Cafe – Nashville, TN
From Loveless Cafe – Nashville, TN

More to come on our trip to Nashville!

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