If you ever get the chance to serve on the Grand Jury for Davidson County, I highly recommend the experience. Besides the chance to learn more about your community, you may be lucky enough to have Mel Harders assigned as your court officer.
Mel and Gene Pierpaoli run Gallatin's kitchen-on-wheels Buffalo P's, which specializes in slow-cooked, hickory-smoked barbecue. On our final day of jury duty, Mel treated us to their pork, beef brisket and chicken, along with sides of coleslaw, baked beans and potato salad.
Raised in South Alabama, I consider pork to be the one true barbecue. And while Mel's pork was as good as I'd hoped from the scent wafting through the courthouse halls, it was the brisket that sent me back for seconds and thirds. Mel makes his own barbecue sauce from scratch (Pierpaoli has his own recipe as well), and while its sweet and spicy perfection paired wonderfully with the pulled pork, it was just a distraction on the brisket. Buffalo P's beef had the best smoky-meat taste I've experienced since I had my first bite of Benton's bacon. After tasting it, I forgot there were other food options on the table.
Set up across from the Co-Op on Highway 25 in Gallatin, Buffalo P's smokes pork, beef brisket, chicken, ribs, baloney and sausage all on-site. Sides include corn, green beans, coleslaw, baked beans and potato salad. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays. Buffalo P's offers to-go plates, but they have a few tables set up for those who just can't wait. Catering for 50 to 500 is also available, just call 828-4629. Things are going well enough that the kitchen-on-wheels will be a brick-and-mortar restaurant on Gallatin's South Water Street within the next couple of months.