We hear a lot these days about how small business is the backbone of the American economy. Baconland BBQ, on the Bluff City Highway in Bristol, is just such a business. Owners Fred and Elizabeth Bartlett decided to get into the BBQ business about 6 years ago. The couple for years had hosted pig roasts at their home and fell in love with the process of slow cooking the meat over hot coals for 24 hours, the smell of hickory in the air and the time honored tradition of wood -smoked cooking. So they made a leap of faith, and decided to get into the food business. They found their location, an old gas station on Bluff City Hwy and then spent two years getting it ready. Now they have their own wood-fired smoking facility where they use a mixture of hickory, oak and Cherry woods to create their delectable BBQ offerings. Fred designed the smoke house himself and was able to build it with the help of some great friends. It is truly a family business, and in the grand tradition of family-owned businesses, you will see either Elizabeth or Fred and their boys working the counter. They are open four days a week, Wednesday through Saturday 11am until 7 pm. Everything is made on premises, not only the meat, but they make their own sauces and side dishes as well. Elizabeth calls it a labor of love, and once you try their food, you will understand why. And if you like bacon, their signature sandwich is the Boss Hog which consists of a 1/2 pound of juicy pit smoked pork BBQ and crispy strips of bacon. Stop by and try it for yourself. I guarantee you’ll be back!
Baconland BBQ: The Epitome of an American Small Business
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