Let The Pigs Fly

Jack Cawthon’s Bar-B-Que has been a Nashville tradition since 1976 and is a crowd favorite as noted by the lines out the door on Broadway. Jack started on Broadway and now has three Nashville locations to serve the locals and the many visitors to the Music City; Broadway, Trinity Lane, and Charlotte Avenue.


Jack began his journey in the catering business and soon became one of Nashville’s Society Caterers. However in the late 1970’s with the economic challenges faced from the recession, Jack remembered this quote from Henry Ford, “Cater to the masses and dine with the classes.” With these words Jack made the change from catering and went into the restaurant business. At this time Memphis was the BBQ hotspot where pork was king and sauce was the boss.  After much travel and study, Jack came up with his own style of bar-b-que he wanted to offer and describes it as a combination of Texas and Tennessee BBQ; introducing beef brisket and regionally inspired sauces in Nashville.


In 2014, Travel + Leisure Magazine rated Nashville #1 over Memphis as the best BBQ city in the USA.  Jack certainly had a part in this and raised the bar making Nashville a national BBQ destination. Look for the Nashville tradition and the flying pigs sign over Broadway, where guests can dine on the patio by the back stage door of the historic Ryman Auditorium.   Jack’s BBQ features six hickory smoked meats and six award winning sauces.  Order yourself a plate, with two sides and bread and dig in!  Whether you order the smoked Texas sausage, smoked Boston turkey, Texas beef brisket, Tennessee pork shoulder, smoked chicken, or St. Louis style ribs, you won’t be disappointed!  

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24 Jun 2017

By Kathy Fox