South’s Best Barbecue Pitmasters and Chefs Come Together for Two Savannah F&W BBQ Events This Year
On Sunday, November 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, the Savannah Food & Wine Festival welcomes hungry barbecue enthusiasts to a new event, “the whole hog festival finale” with East + West, BBQ, presented by The Alida Hotel and South Magazine. Two legendary Pitmasters, Pat Martin and Sam Jones will prepare their individual variations of the South’s most mouth-watering dish – and they’ve got some savory special sauces to pair with it.
All southern BBQ is not created alike, Martin and Jones hail from two different schools of whole hog preparation: Jones represents the Eastern North Carolina style, while Martin has perfected the rare technique of Western Tennessee. Though both styles share the same essential smoking process, there are some big differences in the preparation and technique.
“Western Tennessee BBQ is an endangered technique that focuses on the whole hog with slaw served on the sandwiches,” commented Martin. “The hogs are larger than what is used in the East, and the map in which the technique subsides is smaller.” While Martin’s style is pulled and uses a succulent rub, Jones uses a fine chopped method that he describes as a “flavor explosion in your mouth.” As if this can’t-beat barbecue isn’t enough, host Will Quinn will kick things up a notch with his killer fried chicken accompanied by all the fixin’s: homemade biscuits, collards, and dirty hoppin’ John – all served at the Alida’s stunning pool deck.
And the festival’s signature favorite barbecue event, Q-Masters, Chefs + Vets, presented by the Big Green Egg takes place on Friday, November 9, from 8 – 10 pm at the Georgia State Railroad Museum. A first-hand look at the art of grilling and smoking with 12 award-winning chefs and Pitmasters, each with their own unique spin on the taste of southern barbeque. This year’s guest Pitmasters include Atlanta’s Fox Brothers, BBQ, Bryan Furman of B’s Cracklin in Savannah and Atlanta, Grand Champion BBQ from Atlanta, Sam Jones, Pat Martin, Anthony DiBernardo from Swing & Swine in Charleston and more.
A portion of the proceeds from Q-Masters, Chefs + Vets will benefit the Tiny House Project of the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the homeless, which seeks to provide safe and affordable housing in Savannah for veterans who have served our country.
The Savannah Food & Wine Festival takes place throughout Savannah, November 5 – 11, 2018 with celebrity chefs and winemakers, connoisseur dinners, one-of-a-kind culinary, spirits and wine experiences. The most up to date festival information is available on the website at www.savannahfoodandwinefestival.com; Twitter: https://twitter.com/SAVFoodWineFest; Instagram: www.instagram.com/SAVFoodWineFest; Facebook: www.facebook.com/SavannahFoodandWineFestival.