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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Devin Pickard


Located in the “buckle” of the Bible Belt, Centerville, Tennessee is home to one of the South’s more unconventional barbecue sandwiches. Devin Pickard borrowed and expanded on the recipe from a restaurant he cooked at as a teenager. A hoecake-type batter is ladled on a hot griddle, to order, and cooked a couple minutes per side until a blackened crust forms. Pickard then cradles the pulled and shredded Boston butt between these two pieces of lard-fried “cornbread fritters.”


pig chartWe first visited Papa KayJoe’s Bar-B-Que in 2003 as part of our initial foray into documenting rural Tennessee ‘cue. Visit the original Papa KayJoe’s Bar-B-Que page.

Date of interview:
2008-07-24 00:00

Interviewer:
Rien T. Fertel

Photographer:
Rien T. Fertel

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