May 6, 2024 - Food and Drink

Road trip idea: Iconic West Tennessee BBQ joints

The entrance to B.E. Scott's Bar-B-Que joint

The entrance to B.E. Scott's Bar-B-Que joint. Photo: Nate Rau/Axios

Nashville pitmaster Pat Martin's new series "Life of Fire" premieres Monday night on the Outdoor Channel.

Why it matters: Martin shines a spotlight on barbecue gurus who have mastered the "old methods" of cooking over a live fire.

What to expect: The first episode focuses on West Tennessee pitmasters Daryl Ramey and Zach Parker.

If you go: Martin explained there are only three barbecue joints carrying on the West Tennessee whole hog tradition. Two of them — B.E. Scott's and Ramey's — are a breezy two-hour drive from Nashville.

The entrance to Ramey's Whole Hog BBQ
The entrance to Ramey's. Photo: Nate Rau/Axios

Nate took the trip a few weeks ago. The no-frills barbecue restaurants are located about 20 minutes apart. It's a lot of pork for one trip, but it's definitely worth it for enthusiasts.

Dig in: Read our story about Martin's new show

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