Bringing the heat at mcf+w 2016

For the third year in a row, "Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint & Friends," led by our head honcho Pat Martin will be bringing the heat to Music City Food + Wine Festival this year, held on September 17 and 18 at Nashville's Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park

Alongside both celebrity chefs and local Nashville buddies, Martin and his crew are planning to wow festival-goers yet again with an almost unbelievable array of meat, fish, vegetables and more cooked over live fire. From the whole hogs for which he is famous, to whole goats, chicken-on-a-string, fire-charred vegetables, grilled oysters, and seafood galore there will be food -- and entertainment -- aplenty for almost every appetite.

Last year was so much fun we had to do it again! It was great watching folks experience the
different cooking methods we use over live fire and seeing how much they enjoy the show of it
all and most importantly, the great food
— Pat Martn

Almost equally overwhelming in Martin's wood-fire wonderland is the array of locally and nationally recognized chefs; the talent in this group is unparalleled. And while some are newcomers to the smokey playground at MCF+W, none are virgin to the excitement and glory that comes from cooking over live fire. 


  • Sal Avila (Prima)
  • Sean Brock (McCrady's, Husk Charleston, Husk Nashville & Minero)
  • Tyler Brown (SouthCreek)
  • Trey Cioccia (The Farm House)
  • Bill Darsinos (Southside Grill)
  • Billy Durkey (Hometown Bar-B-Que)
  • John Lasater (Hattie B's Hot Chicken)
  • Joseph Lenn (J.C. Holdway Restaurant)
  • Jason McConnell (McConnell Hospitality Group)
  • Trevor Moran
  • Nick Pihakis (Jim 'N Nick's BBQ)
  • Michael Symon (Lola, Lolita, Roast, Bar Symon, B Spot Burgers and Mabel's BBQ)
  • Tandy Wilson (City House)
  • Andrew Zimmern (Chef & TV Personality)

The Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint & Friends playground will be hosting their unforgettable feasts during The Grand Taste both on Saturday the 17th and on Sunday the 18th. Tickets for either day cost $150, or $500 for the entire weekend, which also includes the Harvest Dinner on Sunday night.

SEPTEMBER 18TH & 19TH, 2016



It's Tailgate Time in Tennessee!

Here in the South Football Season is no small potatoes: we take it pretty dang seriously. Between the SEC and the NFL, high school football and fantasy leagues, there's so much of game to consume, we can barely find the space to fit it all on our DVR's at home. 

The good news is, with plenty of TV's in every Martin's location--plus dozens of 'em in our upstairs bar and beer garden area at our new Downtown joint--you can watch all the live games you want and free up space for whatever television your girlfriend, wife, kids or roommates want to record. All fans are welcome to tailgate or pre-game at Martin's and with all the TV's we've got, everyone should be able to root their team to victory. 

However if it is Tennessee Titans football to which you pledge your allegiance, we've got a special treat for y'all: 

Starting this  Sunday, September 11th and continuing for every Titan's home game through the rest of the season, Martin's Downtown Bar-B-Que Joint will open one hour early to kick off game day with a bang.

Yep, you read that right: starting at 10:00 AM on Sundays when the Tennessee Titans are playing at Nissan Stadium, we at the new downtown Martin's Joint will be there early pullin' hogs off the smoker, whippin' up our famous sides, and making sure we're got plenty of cold, cold beer on tap. 

If you're sticking around for all four quarters, or just stopping by for a beer and some baby backs before heading to the game, we'll be glad to have ya and hopefully high-five over a Titans win once it's all said and done.

Heck, we'd even be glad to cook up some food for ya and send it off with you to your tailgate -- so long as you don't mind sippin' on a cold one while you wait for us to fix it.

And if you just plumb don't want to brave the downtown traffic and mayhem? We don't blame ya. Come hang out at one of our other Martin's Bar-B-Que Joints to cheer on the Titans to a win - you won't be the only one.

Now remember - these early game-day hours are only applicable at our *new* downtown location, and are only applicable during home games. So don't get it mixed up! That could be real awkward.

Click Here to check out the Titan's Schedule and figure out when they play at home. 

We'll see y'all on Sunday!

We're Open Downtown!

After many months of construction, the new Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint in Downtown Nashville officially opened its doors to the hungry BBQ-craving public on Thursday, August 4.

The 13,000-square-foot space at 410 Fourth Ave. S. includes a traditional Martin's experience downstairs, a lush outdoor beer garden out back, a large screened-in porch, games, four hog pits, a private events space, multiple bars and so much more. 

As we prepare to celebrate 10 years this October, this new location is most definitely the crown jewel - and one that has to be seen to be believed! 

Click here for hours, directions and more info for the new Downtown Nashville location.

Bar-B-Que in the Big Apple

Sure, we're southerners born and bred but we're no strangers to the Big Apple - and we're pretty dang familiar with the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. A weekend-long event featuring pit masters from across the country and barbecue so good it makes your knees weak, we were stoked for another good weekend in New York City June 11 and 12. 

Now, you'd be plum crazy to think we went all the way to New York City for a bar-b-que festival flying American Airlines (how d'ya think we'd get a dozen hogs and a giant smoker up there?) so we made the 13-hour drive and arrived in Manhattan early Friday morning. From that point forward, we set up camp in the Flatiron district, surrounded by good friends from years past and rookies alike, eating, smoking meats, and drinking...all the things.


This was our 8th year in a row smokin' whole hogs at what is undoubtedly the hottest and smokiest food festival in Manhattan, where we saw over 100,000 faces and served more than 4,000 of 'em. Our featured plate - smoked and pulled whole hog, topped with Martin's famous slaw and Jack's Creek Bar-B-Que Sauce, served on a slice of white bread - was a huge hit with both the festival attendees and with the anchors on The Today Show. (We stopped over there on Friday morning before turning up the heat for the big event.)

With our amazing volunteers from Teen Challenge and our traveling Martin's pit crew, we worked round the clock, day and night, smokin' our 12 whole hogs to show the folks of Manhattan what Tennessee Whole Hog Bar-B-Que is all about. And we sure had a blast doing it! Best of all, we were glad all of our fun and hard work benefitted the Madison Square Park Conservancy, which works to protect, nurture, and enhance MSP. 

Click to read more about the festival

It's All In The Details

As we prepare to open our new Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint in Downtown Nashville, we figured it was about time to start sharing some of the details that went into the location.

This new spot is housed in what we locals know most recently as "The Rutledge," a former live music venue. But the building has a lot more history to it than that. Originally built back in the 1800's it has seen many tenants come and go with several renovations over the years. But it hadn't seen nothin' yet! 

We began the construction process back in 2015, working to salvage and rebuild the original structure which had fallen into disrepair. Our crew sured up the building and began expanding - adding additional space on the ground level to house the kitchen and building out a side porch. But the real work was in building a huge second-level space; complete with a massive outdoor beer garden, extra hog pits and private dining rooms. After all is said and done, the Downtown Nashville Martin's will have three distinct areas; a traditional Martin's experience with a full bar downstairs, private dining rooms on the second floor and a large indoor/outdoor backyard beer garden with two bars. But it ain't Martin's with the 'que of course, so we built in five whole hog pits, a 10-foot live fire grill and four jumbo smokers for our ribs, chicken, turkey and brisket.

When you get a chance to come visit, you'll surely see all the work that went into the new location, but you may not know the stories behind all of those efforts. Every decision and detail was thought through - from the floors to the ceilings and everything in between. 

Here's just a few of the many stories...

a smokin' foundation

Many of the cinder blocks used were "pre-smoked" before building. We took about 750 blocks to last year's Music City Food + Wine Festival to build the on-site hog pits. Once the festival was over, we broke down the pits and took the blocks to the worksite, where they made their way into the foundation and walls of the expansion.

history underfoot

The upstairs private dining rooms and indoor game area has a pretty impressive hardwood floor. But it's more than just looks. The boards used were salvaged from an 85-year-old cottonseed factory in Chattanooga, TN and brought up here to Nashville earlier this year. But before they could be installed downtown they needed a little - no, a lot - of work. We spent two weeks removing nails from each individual board and planing them down to remove the 'gunk' from that old factory. Now that they're installed, they're getting sealed and ready for the many parties to come.

let it grow

The backyard beer garden is packed with mature trees and plants of all sorts. There's a 30-year-old paperbark maple tree, wisteria vines and even some tomato plants.

While they sure look good, they also serve another purpose. All the rainwater that drains off the roof is redirected into the planters to water the plants and keep it out of the storm drains.

These are just three of the many stories behind the new Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint in Downtown Nashville. As you can surely see, we still have a good bit of work to do before we open up to the public but we look forward to welcoming you. Maybe you can come make a few new stories of your own. 


Join Us at the 12th South Farmers' Market

Y'all know by now that we like being part of the community. So when the 12th South Farmers' Market started happening just a few blocks away from our Belmont location, it was a no-brainer that we had to participate. 

We're helping them out by sponsoring the live music each week (it is Nashville, after all) and will be setting up our own tent once a month to sell fresh BBQ by the pound and in sandwiches. 

While the 12th South Farmer's Market happens every Tuesday from 3:30-6:30pm, we'll be there one day each month on the following dates: 6/14, 7/27, 8/16, 9/13, 10/11.

We'll see you at the 12th South Farmers' Market!

Get outside with our Favorite Summer Recipes

Man, nothing's better than hanging out with family and friends in the summer. Well, maybe one thing, hanging out with family and friends AND some darn good grub! 

We've pulled together all of our favorite summertime recipes perfect for your next cook-out, picnic or whatnot for you to browse through and try next time you're making plans. Even better, pair these with some of our BBQ - you can order ahead for pickup or delivery - and you'll have everything you need to make it just right. 

Martin's Opening Soon in Downtown Nashville

It doesn't seem like that long ago that we opened the doors to our first bar-b-que joint out in Nolensville, Tennessee, so it's pretty daggum crazy to believe that we're preparing to open our fourth Martin's location in downtown Nashville this June!

Yup, you read that right: Martin's fourth (and baddest) location is set to open in early July of this summer, 2016. Complete with four hog pits, two private dining rooms, a lush backyard, ample patio seating, games a'plenty, a view that sho ain't shabby and bar-b-que so good it'll make you cry, this double-decker Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint will be a must-see spot, whether you live in Nashville or not.

In a space that claims more than double the space of our popular Belmont location, out-of-towners and Nashvillians alike will have space aplenty for any sort of get-together: from weddings, to birthdays, to a night out with old friends, Martin's will quickly be a favored downtown destination.

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Have Rig, Will Travel - Summer BBQ Festivals

As the summer approaches, so does Food Festival Season. We've got a pretty busy schedule here at home, but that's not stopping us from hitting the road to take Martin's to the people! 

From NYC to Chicago and even right here in Nashville, there's some pretty epic experiences that are well worth making the trip. 


Big Apple BBQ Block Party - June 10-12

In it's 14th year, this BBQ Fest takes place in Madison Square Park in NYC. We're heading back to NYC with our big hog rig in tow, so come on by for some whole hog! 

Tickets & Info


Windy City Smokeout - July 15-17

Celebrating three of our favorite things - BBQ, Beer and Country Music - this annual Chicago event is a must-see for sure. 

Tickets & Info


Music City Food + Wine Festival - September 17-18

This hometown celebration is one of our favorites each year and 2016 promises to be as fun as ever. Like usual, we'll have a big "live fire" setup with all our friends joining to cook up everything from whole hog to whole fish. 

Tickets & Info


Pat Returns to Music City Food + Wine

Photo by Cambria Harkey

Photo by Cambria Harkey

For the second year in a row, our own Pitmaster Pat will be holdin' court at the Music City Food + Wine Festival

Taking place on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, the Music City Food + Wine Festival has become the must-see food festival of the South and was named one of America's Best Food Festivals by Fodor's.

Attendees of the festival are invited to join Pat Martin as he hosts an unbeatable barbecue feast with a collection of chef buddies in Bicentennial Park. Folks are invited to meet Pat and the chefs and talk about their approach to low & slow cooking, and enjoy tastes of delicious food rotating throughout the day.

Everything will be cooked over live fire – whole lamb, whole hog, whole goat, beef ribs, whole fish, coal-roasted root vegetables and much more. Items will be announced via social media and chalkboard on site at the festival.

Hogwash Rosé will be served by Tuck Becstoffer of Beckstoffer Wines, Yazoo Beers will be served by Linus Hall of Yazoo Brewing, and Roy Milner of Blackberry Farm will be pouring his acclaimed Saison beer.

Chefs scheduled to join Pat:

JointBill Darsinos, Southside Grill
Jason Stanhope, FIG
Steve Hutchinson, Retired NFL
Sam Jones, Skylight Inn BBQ
Joseph Lenn, ‘Cue The Music
Tandy Wilson, City House
Billy Durney, Hometown Bar-B-Que
Stephen Barber, Long Meadow Ranch
Edgar Pendley, Urban Grub
Carl Ruiz, The Inn at Rikers Island

If you've not got your tickets to Music City Food + Wine Festival yet, go ahead and get 'em now! 

Homegrown Tomatoes

By now you oughta know that we don't do anything half-ass. We make every menu item in the restaurant from scratch every single day for a reason. Because we care about quality. That's why when you look at our menu, we say that we only have tomatoes on our salad during the summer. We all know what those winter tomatoes taste like. Nothing. But what you may not know is where our summer tomatoes are coming from. For the third year in a row, all of our tomatoes come from no other place that Pat Martin's yard. 

Yup, you heard that right. Pat planted 83 tomato plants in his home garden, just to keep the restaurants stocked up with the best dang maters you've ever had. There's 20 different heirloom varieties growing out there, many of which Pat's wife Martha started from seed. 

The Martin's crew swings by Pat's house to get fresh tomatoes for the restaurants. 

The Martin's crew swings by Pat's house to get fresh tomatoes for the restaurants. 

Every morning the Martin's crew comes by the house and picks tomatoes for the restaurant. So make sure you swing by get that slice of tomato on your burger, fresh tomato in your salad or even just order a side of sliced tomatoes with your meal. Because tomato season's coming to an end here soon and it'll be a while until Pat's garden is loaded down with them again.

Looking for something to do with your homegrown tomatoes? Check out our recipe for Summer Corn and Tomato Salad!