Four buddies from Alabama made good by opening a successful BBQ joint in Franklin.
Now they hope to watch their Crimson Tide make good this Monday and they are inviting everyone to join them.
The owners of the Moe’s Original BBQ at 9050 Carothers Parkway in Cool Springs will have a watch party for the college football national championship game on Monday night.
For the bash, they will have $5 yellow hammers, and happy hour is from 3 to 7 p.m., along with food specials.
Jordan Winn, one of the owners, would have announced the party sooner.
“But I did not want to jinx the Tide and start making plans for the title game when we hadn’t made it there yet,” he said Tuesday.
If you cannot make it to their party, or are having your own, Winn wanted all Tide fans to know that their catering offers wing trays that are great for tailgates, watch parties at home, and basically anything in their Haul It Home section of the menu.
Winn, along with Alston Noah, Andrew Clark and Will Strain, all friends who met at Alabama, brought the Southern Soul Food Revival to Franklin.
Both locations have a full bar plus a bunch of beers on tap for those who enjoy libations. They also offer premium catering services, large party takeout orders and delivery where the service-oriented staff is ready to accommodate any size party.
They smoke their meat fresh daily, and their rotating sides– up to 60– are always fresh and made-from-scratch.
The restaurant is open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
“We are definitely a place for families to come,’ Winn said. “We bring that famous southern down-home atmosphere, but we have something for everyone with our full bar, tv-on-the-patio and craft beers on tap.”
The founders of Moe’s BBQ company, of which Winn and his buddies are franchisees, also met at college at Alabama. The three ‘Bama boys: Mike Fernandez from Tuscaloosa, Ben Gilbert from Athens, and Jeff Kennedy from Huntsville. After meeting at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, they instantly became friends and had a mutual interest in all things Southern: BBQ, blues, college football, and whiskey.
In 1988, Fernandez hooked up with Moses Day in Tuscaloosa and began learning to fire roast meats. When Moses fired up his backyard barrel pit, people came running. The boys were lucky to learn from Moses and his distinct style makes up Moe’s original flavor of BBQ, which got its start at road-side stands.
The boys loved the mountains and eventually, they all landed in Vail, Colorado and refined the cooking skills they had learned. By using fruit wood to smoke the meats and hitting it with two sauces, they knew they had something special, according to Winn.
Winn’s parents own a catfish restaurant in northern Alabama, which got him interested in Southern-style cooking from a young age.
He went to Alabama for school, where he met Noah and Clark, who also had a passion for BBQ.