Martin's Gets 3 Awards in The Scene's Best of Nashville Poll

Middle Tennessee, we just don't know how to thank you enough. This year in The Nashville Scene's annual Best of Nashville contest, Martin's Bar-B-Que joint somehow managed to come out with not one, not two, but three medals!

We are continually blown away by the love and support that y'all give us by just showin' up at our Bar-B-Que Joints every day and standing in line to get some of our whole hog barbecue, but it really makes us feel special when you go to the trouble of gettin' on your computer and voting for us in a "best of" contest!

So with that said, we are proud to announce that Martin's Bar-B-Que won the category for "Best Ribs," came in second place in the category of "Best BBQ," and snagged a third award for the Writers' Choice for "Best BBQ Development" for our newest Martin's location in downtown Nashville. 

When Pat Martin says he’s going whole hog, he doesn’t go half-ass. In fact, he’s got room to cook four entire pigs on the new pits at his behemoth of a barbecue emporium that has opened to great acclaim downtown...
— Chris Chaimberlain

Dadgum! It feels amazing to know that y'all love and appreciate what we do, so thank you again for all of your support. We wouldn't be here today without y'all!

Click here to check out all of the results from the Scene's Best of Nashville contest.

Martin's Featured in Nashville Lifestyles

We have to admit, we were pretty dadgum floored that Nashville Lifestyles called us up, saying they wanted to feature us in their October edition, headlined, "25 Most Beautiful People." Pat Martin knew that Nashvillians loved his smoked whole hogs and his made-from-scratch sides, but he had no idea Nashville thought he was so, well...beautiful

You could imagine our shock when Nashville Lifestyles explained.

It would be a lig ol' lie to say we weren't heartbroken when NL told us they didn't want to feature Pat Martin's physical beauty, but instead wanted to spotlight the beauty of his new Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint in downtown Nashville. But it would be a massive fib if we didn't say it made a lot more sense!

With a four-page spread detailing the ins and outs of our newest Martin's smack dab in the middle of downtown Nashville, Nashville Lifestyles sure made it look and sound just as beautiful as we believe it is!

The outdoor dining area, outfitted with the same kind of green and white picnic tables you’d spot in the movie ‘Caddyshack,’ sits next to the whole hog-smoking zone, which features four pits and a 10-foot-wide grill.
— Nashville Lifestyles

Want to read the whole article and get a glimpse of how beautiful the new Martin's -- and Pat Martin himself -- truly is (are)?

Click here to see the full story. 


Pat Gets Personal with The Daily Meal

It's not very often that we get to see the real, true side of Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint head pitmaster and founder Pat Martin. Typically he's busy a busy man that spends his time smokin' whole hogs, being a television star, or spending time with his family.

But when he does have a spare minute, and when one does have the chance to have a conversation with Pat Martin, the pitmaster never disappoints. Between his sense of humor and his extensive knowledge about food, you're almost guaranteed to walk away from said interaction with a smirk -- or heck, maybe even a full-blown smile -- on your face. 

We could hear The Daily Meal smiling at Pat's responses to their "10 Questions with Renowned Pitmaster Pat Martin" and we were left with hog-eatin' grins on our faces too.

Daily Meal: In honor of your hometown Nashville’s Meat & 3 genre of restaurants... is Mac & Cheese a vegetable?

Pat: It sure is.
— The Daily Meal

Want to hear everything Pat had to say and get just a little more personal with your favorite Nashville Pitmaster?

Click here to read it all.


Martin's Wins "Best Barbecue" in TOAST 2016

We're always excited and thankful to be included in any one of those "Best in Nashville" lists, but nothing can really compare to receiving the love and support of our hometown.

Born and bred in Middle Tennessee, Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint is a place intended for meeting and eating with friends and families, where good times and great food are abundant. We of course love inviting visitors to sit at our tables and enjoy some West Tennessee style whole hog BBQ, but nothin' feels better than serving locals and regulars - the folks who continue to come back time and time again. 

That's exactly why we were so proud to have won the "Best Barbecue" in the "Food and Drink" category for The Tennessean's "Toast of Music City" contest. 

Yes, there was barbecue in Nashville before Pat Martin, but nobody stepped in and planted a flag saying it’s time to pay attention to how we do things as much as him.
— Jim Myers, The Tennesseean

So thanks a lot, Middle Tennessee, for voting for us and most of all for continuing to come back! Y'all are the reason we're here today and we're so humbled by your support.

Click here to see all the winners.


Native Magazine Goes Whole Hog with Martin's

It's pretty incredible to believe that Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint is coming up on it's 10 year anniversary of smoking whole hogs and filling the bellies of folks who love it. We are in awe of how far we've come, from just one little ol' BBQ joint out in Nolensville, TN to five separate locations, including one way out in West Virginia and a behemoth, double-decker barbecue Mecca in the heart of downtown Nashville.  

And while Martin's is occasionally included in roundups from this magazine and listicles for that website, it's a whole new thing to be the star of a six-page spread in Nashville's local publication Native magazine. Complete with beautiful full-page photos and a story that truly tells the story of Martin's' soul, we almost can't believe our eyes. 

Martin's head honcho Pat Martin has held an interest in cooking meats ever since he was a young kid, but he first discovered the art of smoking whole hogs in his college days. Since then, he's perfected the craft, complimented it with five original-recipe BBQ sauces and rounded out the bases with scratch-made, family-recipe inspired sides and desserts. 

This is the bedrock of barbecue itself, imprinted in our very DNA and the foundation of Martin’s wildly successful Nashville-based business: the love of meat cooked over an open fire and sharing it with others, personal differences be damned.
— Native

After 10 years of hard work and almost a lifetime of research and passion, this story in Native is the perfect way to celebrate a decade of Martin's Bar-B-Que. Thank you to Native for doing such a bang-up job and for making us feel warm and fuzzy inside about our smokin' passion!

Pick up a copy of Native  Magazine today to see the story in print!

Or Click here to view the article online.

Martin's Included Among "Ultimate" Nashville Spots

Over the past ten years or so, we Nashvillians have become quite accustomed to reading articles that claim to have the round up of our city's "Top 10 Best Bars" or "Top 25 Best Eats" or heck, even "Top 50 Best Restaurants" in Nashville (shoot, wouldn't the Top 50 be pretty much all of the restaurants in Nashville?).

But instead of blending into a sea of many "bests," Food Republic instead made one minor tweak to set themselves apart: they changed their roundup from just the "best in Nashville" to the "ultimate guide to Nashville." 

According to a quick search on the ol' Google Machine, "Ultimate" is defined as, "the best achievable or imaginable of its kind." So to find out that Martin's made Food Republic's list of The [Best Achievable or Imaginable] List to Where You Should Eat and Drink in Nashville was a pretty big daggum deal. Ranked amongst both the finest restaurants and some of Nashville's greasiest spoons, we sure feel proud to be included.

Contrary to somewhat popular belief, Nashville is not exactly swimming in quality barbecue (this is not Memphis, y’all). Still, pitmaster Pat Martin has developed a well-deserved cult following, due to his whole-hog prowess (technically, West Tennessee–style whole-hog cookery).
— Food Republic

Since Food Republic's list is the best imaginable for eats and drinks in Music City, we think you should go have yourself a read and brush up on all the spots they've mentioned. 

Click here to read the full article.

Eater Loves Martin's Downtown Bar-B-Que Joint!

We were pretty daggum excited last when Eater Nashville posted their slideshow that officially showcased the interior of our new downtown Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint. They make us look so good, you know?

But we could barely believe our eyes when Eater National shared in the excitement, retweeting the article out to their 393,000 followers!

"The upstairs beer garden will be the hottest hangout of the year," Eater claimed. Their gorgeous photos had all of us hot to trot on over to the joint and have us a pile of hog and a nice cold beer.

Last Thursday, pitmaster Pat Martin and his team fired up the hog pits and officially opened the doors to the newest addition to the Martin’s Bar-B-Que family. And it’s certainly one hell of a space.
— Eater Nashville

Want to see how hot the space really is?

Click here to take a tour!

NFocus Focuses on Martin's Downtown

NFocus took a moment to focus on Martin's newest bar-b-que joint, the smokin', double-decker BBQ playground located in downtown Nashville, and we're flattered that they did.

A publication that often divulges info on all of Nashville's new, hip spots, we were thrilled to have made it into print.

Thanks to nFocus  for giving us a shout and making us feel so loved by our Nashville community!

Click here to read everything NFocus wrote. 

The two-story restaurant includes a traditional Martin’s dining and bar experience on the lower level with a screened side porch and roll-up garage doors. The upper level includes both indoor and outdoor beer gardens....And it wouldn’t be Martin’s without a hog pit, so Pat included five.
— NFocus