Rodney Scott, the famed barbecue pitmaster from Hemingway, S.C., brings his whole hog barbecue to Nashville. On Jan. 23, Rodney will take over the daily lunch special at Husk Nashville (37 Rutledge St.), serving the “Rodney Plate Special” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The $12 plate will include a Scott’s Sandwich and sides. Later that evening, Rodney will join Sean Brock from Husk and Patrick Martin from Martin’s BBQ Joint at Ruby Nashville (2411 Blakemore Ave.) for dinner at 6 p.m. Rodney will be cooking whole hog, there will be fried chicken from Brock, and brisket by Martin. Yazoo Brewing will supply the evening’s beverages. Seats for the Nashville event can be reserved by calling Husk at (615) 256-6565 or Martin’s at (615) 686-2066 or (615) 776-1856.
Why the tour? Two days before Thanksgiving, Rodney’s pit house went up in flames. Undaunted, Rodney quickly put temporary pits in place, stoked the burn barrels again, and flipped more splayed hogs onto the grates. Now, weeks later, he is ready to plan the rebuild.
To bolster Rodney’s efforts, The Fatback Collective established a fund to support each other and their communities in times of crisis. The Fatback Fund will fuel imperiled businesses and organizations that are community-focused and culturally rich.
The initial goal of the Fund is to raise $120,000. The Scott’s Bar-B-Que rebuild is estimated at $100,000. Additional funds will assist future businesses or organizations. Many Fatback events and projects moving forward will raise money for the Fund.
The fundraising plan for Scott’s Bar-B-Que (#RodneyInExile) is two-tiered. Rodney’s patrons and fans will have an opportunity to purchase the naming rights to one of the 14 pits at Scott's Bar-B-Que. Naming opportunities cost $5,000 per pit. Hungry barbecue lovers across the country may also attend one of the Rodney in Exile Tour events hosted by Fatback members and chefs.
For more information or to follow along with the fun, follow the hashtag #RodneyInExile on Twitter.
EDITED: I spoke with Pat Martin to get a few more details on the event, which will indeed cost $100 per person. (Thanks, FancyCwabs!) The event space is somewhat limited, and the chefs want to make sure that everyone goes home happy and full, so don't dawdle to make your reservations. Martin and Sean Brock are also thinking about possibly offering a few extra surprises in addition to the announced menu, which already looks fantastic.
Patrons who call to make their reservations will need to give a credit card number to hold their spot, but the FatBack group would prefer that attendees pay with cash or check at the door if possible to avoid card fees and maximize the amount of money going to the cause. With so many restaurateurs around the region coming to the aid of Rodney Scott, it would also certainly make the accounting a little easier for the whole operation.
So bring some cash or your checkbook and a hearty appetite to The Ruby on January 23 for what promises to be a special evening.