Friday, July 20

Get on the Southern BBQ Trail: ARKANSAS

Next stop on the Southern BBQ Trail: ARKANSAS.

Craig’s and McLard’s are the icons of Arkansas ’cue. We collected those stories. But we also have an interview with Barry Vaughan of J & N Barbecue in Bono. Barry’s grandparents, Jim and Nora Vaughan, opened the place in 1996, but they had a side business smoking meats for community gatherings for years. Barry does most of the barbecuing these days, smoking everything from ribs to butts. He also smokes wild game—turkey, deer, and even raccoons—for local hunters. Jim and Nora have attended “coon suppers” all their lives, so it wasn’t long before smoked raccoon became a J & N tradition. About his grandparents, Barry says, “This is all they do. They eat and live barbecue. They’re here six days a week from 7:00 to 7:00, so there ain't much life other than barbecue for them.”

Meet the Vaughan family of J & N Barbecue:


Visit the introduction to our state-by-state Southern BBQ Trail tour here.

Or, just visit the Southern BBQ Trail to meet the more than 100 people from 9 states who've shared their stories with us.

Grab a napkin and go!