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Randy & Ken Jordan

Randy Jordan grew up at Two Brothers Bar-B-Que, which is tucked away in the hills of northwest Georgia. Two Brothers was founded by Randy’s father Ken and uncle Grady in 1974. At the time the Jordan brothers had recently been laid off from their jobs so they decided to take some old family recipes and an empty grocery store built by their father to open a barbecue restaurant. Randy worked odd jobs around the restaurant throughout his childhood, and came on full-time after graduating high school. The menu at Two Brothers is small and focused, and most everything on it is made fresh in house. They smoke about 60 hams a week in an electric smoker; the chopped pork and the secret family recipe for Brunswick Stew are the biggest sellers. Beside the savory barbecue, Two Brothers is memorable for the vast collection of rural artifacts that adorn the ceiling and walls.

Date of interview:
2010-11-13 00:00

Ashley Hall

Ashley Hall

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