This year, fourteen of the nation’s most respected barbecue restaurants have been invited to showcase their talents and traditions on a world stage in New York City at the Snapple Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Featured in this very select group is locally owned Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q which has been selected to participate for the second year in a row.
The Snapple Big Apple Barbecue Block Party will be held June 12-13 and is expected to attract more than 120,000 barbecue aficionados to New York’s Madison Square Park. Jim ‘N Nick’s will showcase their smoked pork hot links paired with another icon of the Southern picnic, fresh-made pimento cheese.
While Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q is quickly becoming nationally known it remains locally owned. Jim ‘N Nick’s, began as a father and son restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama twenty-five years ago and has stayed true to its roots as a family-owned company. It is locally owned by Wayne Lewis, Dave Hudson and Tom Rice. They greet this community daily to share their passion for authentic, slow-smoked barbecue and scratch-made Southern goodness. “Being locally owned allows us to be much more involved in our community and much more in touch with our guests.” Says Dave, “The fact that we have been invited to be a part of this very select group for the second year in a row is a real honor for us, but most importantly, we owe a big thank you to our local guests who have helped spread the word and build our reputation to the point that we were one of only fourteen bar-b-q places invited to this national event.”
New York City’s best-smelling event of the season lies in the practiced hands of the country’s most distinguished pit masters who wield hickory and fire to craft their legendary flavors and share the South’s smokiest secrets. Jim ‘N Nick’s will be represented by Drew Robinson. A graduate of New England Culinary Institute and executive chef, Drew’s career has taken him coast to coast, but his heart has always called him to the food traditions of the South. “When it comes to our food we are absolute purists. Nothing is frozen. Everything is scratch-made. To us, the extra effort is our way of paying respect to the traditions of the South and showing respect to our guests who have come to appreciate more.” Says Drew, “To be able to represent Wayne, Dave, Tom and all the passionate people from Jim ‘N Nick’s and to, once again, spread the love of our truly Southern sausage and pimento cheese with the world is a great honor.”
To celebrate the South’s most authentic culinary traditions, friends and neighbors can join Jim ‘N Nick’s for the Block Party in New York City or stop by locally and sample Jim ‘N Nick’s signature smoked pork hot links which are available every day at the Destin location.
For additional information on Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q and to learn more contact Susan Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 729-7202.