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


Well folks I guess the cat's outta the bag--or heck, the hog's off the smoker! Our brand-spankin' new Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint is set to open this Thursday, August 4th, and dang our engines are revving for it.

We've been putting finishing touches everywhere: from hanging the last of that great Martin's paraphernalia you all know and love as our "decor," to hookin' up all 30 of our beer taps so they're flowing full-force when you walk in the doors on Thursday, we've been working hard to make sure it's ready. And boy oh boy are we ever ready.

We're letting just a few family members and friends stop by the Joint tonight to test it out and make sure we've got all the kinks worked out, but you can bet your pork butt we're gonna have hogs smokin' away come Wednesday night. (Unlike the construction of this double-decker BBQ Joint, smoking hogs actually does happen overnight.)

‘I want people to be able to come down here and experience what we’ve always had at Martin’s —everything is built around those hog pits in that pit room and we want you to hang out and have fun,’ Martin said.
— The Tennesseean

Want to get a better idea of what you can expect on Thursday? Maybe you'll want to read everything that The Tennessean had to say when they stopped by this afternoon.


Downtown nashville martin's to open august 4th!

Y'all know what they say: good things come to those who wait. And man, y'all have been waiting for a while.

Listen, we feel kind of like we've just been yankin' y'all's chains for the past few months, saying we were gonna open on this day and then changing it to some day a whole month later...and so on and so forth. But this time, we really mean it

After lots of unforeseen delays with construction and permits, we finally completed our final inspection Friday afternoon.

So, we're proud to say that after a long, long wait, we've got something good coming. Heck, we've got something GREAT!

The new Downtown Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint will officially open 

Thursday, August 4th!

Click for Info on Martin's in Downtown Nashville

Can't wait until Thursday to feast your eyes (and, let's be real: your belly) on our double-decker Downtown Martin's Joint? Don't sweat it:  Our good friend Chris Chamberlain of The Nashville Scene came over to take a peek and wrote all about it, detailing all of the new bells and whistles.

The kitchen is designed to handle the huge expected crowds and has been divided into parallel cooking and serving lines to handle upstairs and downstairs ordering. An innovative system will geolocate customers through the number they receive when ordering and track them to wherever they settle in the restaurant.
— Chris Chamberlain


We're plum thrilled that Chris seemed to like it so much, and we sure hope you're gonna love it when you come down and visit us next Thursday!

Thank y'all for being so patient with us and for continuing to support Martin's.

Southern Living includes Martin's in Top 50 Southern Barbecue Joints

If there's any publication on all things Southern, y'all know it's Southern LivingThey've been sharing the good Southern word since 1966 and they know a thing or two when it comes to the flavors of the Southeast. We've been big fans for as long as we can remember and it still revs our engines up when they take the time to notice little ol' us!

Robert Moss has been a contributing writer for SL since 2014 and way back then he began eating his way through the South, focusing on the quintessential southern feast: Bar-B-Que. Moss published a list of the best barbecue joints after 1 year of eating, and now following his 2nd year of bingeing on smoked brisket, BBQ pulled pork, and spicy chicken wings...he's published an extended version: The South's Top 50 Barbecues in 2016.

Pat Martin is devoted to the old west Tennessee style of all-wood whole-hog cooking, and his pork is among the best I’ve ever tasted.
— Southern Living

Thank you, Robert Moss and Southern Living for this great honor!

Click here to read the full list.

Martin's Included in Andrew Zimmern's BBQ Roundup

Plenty of folks out there know Andrew Zimmern for eating wild n' crazy things like duck tongues and smoked raccoons on his Travel Channel show, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. But we know that there's a lot more to this guy than an obsession with odd eats. A three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, this guy is universally regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world (

That's why you've really gotta listen up when he gives recommendations on...uhh...more normal-type foods--y'all know, foods that you'd actually be interested in eating on a daily basis.

Zimmern recently offered his suggestions for the best barbecue joints in the United States of America, and we were pretty daggum proud and honored to be included in his list, published on Made Man.

Alongside another great Nashville BBQ spot, the Peg Leg Porker, Music City barbecue was well-represented, laying claim to the most barbecue joints listed in one town on Zimmern's list. And with so many accolades to his name, we know he ain't blowin' smoke.

“When it comes to whole hog barbecue, award-winning pitmaster Pat Martin is the man to trust. Martin’s Bar-B-Que is his temple of smoked meats, a pilgrimage-worthy barbecue joint just 20 minutes outside of Nashville. The pulled pork is from whole hogs cooked low and slow for 24 hours and basted with an acidically bracing vinegar mop. This is top-notch stuff.”
— Andrew Zimmern via Made Man