In 1988, Sam Donald (seen at left) and wife Mary opened a BBQ restaurant that would become legendary among the BBQ faithful. See their reviews here, and an entertaining interview with the quiet spoken Sam from 2003 here. Sam's son-in-law, John Ivory, has been running the business for the last several years...continuing the tried & true BBQ tradition, methods, and recipes. Until it burned. The family was not in a position to rebuild. This is where the 'something special' is...
Coming to the rescue are a group of volunteers and non-profit organizations including the Southern Foodways Alliance based at the University of Mississippi, and the Fatback Collective, among others. They, along with neighborhood volunteers, will be rebuilding Sam's BBQ this Friday & Saturday. Both days, from 8 until 4, a volunteer crew (more volunteers may be needed, stop by if you want to help. Address: 500 West Main in Humboldt) led by a construction company owner from Birmingham Alabama. The site was surveyed and plans made by Jim & Nick's BBQ, with locations in 7 states.
Clark Shaw of the Old Country Store will be providing free lunch to the workers both days and Helen's BBQ of Brownsville (featured last month in Southern Living magazine) will provide dinner Friday night.
How refreshing and encouraging when organizations, volunteers, and even competitors all join together to help a person in need.
Our hats off to everyone involved in this project.