2019 Talent

Pat Martin

Pit Master & Owner, Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Hugh Baby’s

Pat Martin, one of the country’s most renowned pit masters, is self-taught, having learned the art and craft of West Tennessee-style smoke and meat in the small town of Henderson, Tennessee, before making Nashville his home. West Tennessee’s legendary whole-hog barbecue tradition is the cornerstone of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint. The restaurants have been featured on the Food Network, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, and The Today Show, as well as in publications such as Bon Appetite, Esquire, Conde Nast Traveler and Men’s Journal.

In 2017, Pat opened Hugh-Baby’s BBQ & Burger Shop in Nashville, a fast food concept offering a back-to-basics menu of burgers, fries and milkshakes made fresh every day.

Pat is a member of the Fatback Collective, a group of restaurateurs, chefs, farmers and writers advocating the benefits of heritage breed livestock. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Martha Ann, and their three children, Wyatt, Daisy and Walker.