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Joe Joyner

Interesting things usually happen at crossroads. The site where Tennessee highways 100 and 22A meet has been serving up barbecue for over sixty years. Breath and you’ll miss the tiny community of Jacks Creek, which seems to have just one building: Jacks Creek Bar-B-Q.

Joe Joyner is a man devoted to barbecue. Needing more free time for himself and his wife, he sold his ownership in the Jacks Creek barbecue location but stayed on as full-time pit-cook. It could be his love for pork and smoke, for pleasing customers, or it could be the mysteries of the crossroads.

We first visited Joyner’s Jacks Creek Bar-B-Q in 2003 as part of our initial foray into documenting rural Tennessee ‘cue. Visit the original Joyner’s Jacks Creek Bar-B-Q page.

Date of interview:
2008-07-09 00:00

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