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Exploring the Legendary Corner Pit BBQ: A Journey Through Generations

In the heart of Bryson, TN, there lies a BBQ joint that isn't just a place to eat; it's a piece of history. The story begins in 1965 when Willard Russell opened the doors to what would become known as Russell's BBQ. Back then, it wasn't just about the food—it was about the community, the stories, and the legacy being built one plate at a time.



Willard Russell, a man with a vision, crafted his BBQ with care and dedication, but it wasn't just his skills that made the place special. His friendship with Ab Luttrell, a local moonshiner, added an intriguing twist to the tale. Together, they ran a bit of moonshine out of the BBQ pit, creating an atmosphere where every visit was an adventure. He ran it up till the late 1980’s when he sold it to Bobby Burnham.


Over the years, ownership changed hands, but the spirit of Corner Pit BBQ unchanged. “Bollweevil” Whitt purchased the BBQ pit in the early 90’s and he was a local legend in and of himself. Former head of TDOT known for driving a tractor into the reflecting pool in Washington DC back in the 70’s during the agriculture protest. His colorful past, including driving a tractor into a reflecting pond during a protest in Washington DC, only added to the mystique of the place.


But it wasn't until Bill and Kristen Pfeiffer stepped in that the true magic happened. After a fire threatened to extinguish the flame of the beloved BBQ joint, the Pfeiffers saw an opportunity to carry on its legacy. In 2009, they reopened the doors as Corner Pit BBQ, breathing new life into an old tradition.



For the Pfeiffers, Corner Pit BBQ isn't just a business; it's a way of life. Raised on a nearby family farm, they understand the importance of community and family. Their children, who have grown up surrounded by the sights and smells of the BBQ pit, now play integral roles in its operation, ensuring that the legacy continues for generations to come.



As the years have passed, Corner Pit BBQ has evolved, but its commitment to quality and tradition remains unwavering. Jake Pfeiffer, the eldest son, has taken the reins, bringing a fresh perspective while staying true to the roots of the business. Alongside his wife Michelle, they've expanded the family's culinary empire, opening Kitchen 218 and Venue 220 in downtown Pulaski, TN, while still sourcing many of their ingredients from Pfeiffer Pfarms.



But amidst the growth and change, one thing remains constant: the spirit of Corner Pit BBQ. Whether you're a regular or a first-time visitor, you'll find a warm welcome, a friendly atmosphere, and, of course, some of the best BBQ you've ever tasted.


A second Corner Pit BBQ boasts a drive thru. Ardmore is the drive thru location that was opened last June it’s located at 26061 Main Street in Ardmore, Tennessee. Summer hours are Tuesday-Thursday 11-7, Friday and Saturday 11-8 and Sunday 11-3.




So here's to family businesses that stand the test of time, to hard work paying off, and to the enduring legacy of Corner Pit BBQ. As the Pfeiffers continue to write the next chapter in its storied history, one thing is certain: the fire will keep burning, and the smoke will keep rising, beckoning travelers and locals alike to experience the magic of Corner Pit BBQ.


Corner Pit BBQ is located at 107 Dellrose Road, Dellrose, TN 38453

Hours:

Thursday 11am - 2pm

Friday 11am - 7pm

Saturday 11am - 7pm

Sunday 11am - 2pm

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