In which Bryan Furman reveals he only wants to open another 10 or so B’s Cracklin Barbeque locations in addition to the Savannah and Atlanta stores as well as the expansion into Philips Arena for Hawks basketball games. What’s the matter, Bryan – only 10?
Bryan Furman left a career as a welder with a goal in mind: to cook and serve whole hog barbecue. Whole hog cooking was a tradition Bryan grew up with, but when his father challenged him with the question of “What’s going to make your barbecue better than others?”, Bryan decided that serving the highest quality heritage pigs would set him apart from the competition.
Bryan and his wife Nikki opened the original B’s Cracklin’ Barbeque in Savannah, Georgian 2014. The critical acclaim would come in time, but the Furmans would soon be faced with adversity as their restaurant was badly damaged by a fire. They rebuilt and came back stronger than ever. An Atlanta location would follow, and the Furmans have big plans for further expansion in the future.
B’s Cracklin’ boasts a menu of chopped whole hog, ribs, brisket, and chicken along with family recipes of cracklin’ cornbread “hoe cakes” and a great family banana pudding recipe. Don’t skip the mustard sauce with Georgia peaches! With a commitment to the highest quality product combined with a dedication to tradition, B’s Cracklin’ Barbeque is one of the premier BBQ destinations in Georgia.
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– Southern Living Barbecue Editor Robert Moss has published his latest version of his top 50, this time with the joints ranked
– As if that top 50 list weren’t enough, Robert Moss also explored what’s in a name when it comes to barbecue restaurant
– Midwood Smokehouse’s Frank Scibelli is one half of a restaurant sibling pairing with his sister, who owns Fran’s Filling Station
– Speaking of Midwood Smokehouse, pitmaster Michael Wagner is up to something and it involves a whole hog BQ smoker and a trailer
– A veteran of Mr. Barbecue in Winston-Salem has opened Carolina Backyard BBQ
– Quite a trip by The Smoking Ho and the Tales from the Pits Podcast crew; The Smoking Ho’s recap here
– Is the SC barbecue buffet on the way out?
– B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue tops Atlanta Magazine’s 10 best barbecue restaurants
– Eater explores the whole hog barbecue tradition
– This all sounds very promising; can’t wait to try Sweet Lew’s sometime soon
– Red Bridges has set up their mobile stand, Little Red’s, at the American Legion World Series
– A former fish camp in Gastonia is turning its focus to barbecue after a change in ownership and a new name – Ray Nathan’s Barbecue
– Does the Texas barbecue taxonomy need updating?
– BBQ at The Catering Kitchen is seemingly becoming a must-stop spot in the Atlanta-area (Cumming, to be exact)
– Also in Atlanta, B’s Cracklin’ BBQ will now be available at Atlanta Hawks games at Phillips Arena this season
– Scotty McCreery is looking forward to eating some eastern NC barbecue on his way to headlining the Watermelon Festival in Winterville this weekend
– The rapidly franchising Mighty Quinn’s may be opening a Washington, DC location soon
– In other barbecue franchising news, Rodney Scott’s has announced the location for the forthcoming Birmingham store; after the build of a cinder block pit and some minor interior work it could open as early as late October
– The hashtag says it all
The Traeger Grills tent
The Cotton Pickin’ Porkers home for the festival
Dave Grohl hanging out at our neighbors tent all weekend – The Beached Pig
The Shed with some crazy expensive tomahawk chops
The Beached Pig team on one side – where David Grohl
Welcome to Memphis in May
Awards Ceremony on Saturday
Sunset over the Mississippi
Bryan Furman of the awesome B’s Cracklin’ Bar-B-Que in Savannah and Atlanta
Nighttime on the Mississippi River
The Cotton Pickin’ Porkers…and Dave Grohl
Our other neighbors, The Shed
Matt Pittman of Meat Church
Another shot of the river
More shots of the Mississippi
Across the pathway, the Traeger Grills team and tent
Jess Pryles of Hardcore Carnivore
Brisket samples from Traeger
I will write up more from my Memphis in May Barbecue Fest experience with the Cotton Pickin’ Porkers competition team once I get some rest but for now here’s a few photos I captured from the festival. More to come…