Southern Soul Barbeque on BBQ Pitmasters & Diners, Drive-ins & Dives
Since their business burned down at the end of March, Southern Soul Barbeque managed to rise above the ashes. Until the rebuilding on the original structure is complete at the end of October, Southern Soul operates at the local beach concession area, out of a trailer in front of their original location and in another local St. Simons establishment, Ziggy Mahoney’s, for lunch.
Last week Southern Soul appeared on the popular television show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The host Guy Fieri clearly enjoyed the food, and they came out looking like champions. Last night they appeared on another program, BBQ Pitmasters, filmed in Malibu, where they were sent home over a plate of catfish, which did not sit well with the locals. They were even referred to as “hippies” during the filming process.
Harrison told me today at lunch with his familiar grin: “They let me say Two Tears in a Bucket. They obviously liked us, and they made us look good because there were some things they didn’t show. I said a few things I knew they wouldn't air. But it was a cool thing.” Harrison’s wife Kitty said: “It got us out of town. We didn’t think we were going to get a vacation this year, so that’s what it was for us.” Southern Soul cook Jason Leotis reiterated the on the road sentiment: “The best fun was driving across the country seeing Joshua Tree, Las Vegas, Venice Beach, New Orleans…”
When Swampland Food Editor Griffin Bufkin and I stood outside, I joked and said, “Do you have anything to say for the record, sir?” To which he replied, “Yeah, you can tell them they can stick that trophy…” and we busted out laughing. “No, it’s cool. Good publicity. The locals are all here for us. Hey, we’ll get em’ next year…”
Check your local listings for scheduled times for both shows. They will certainly run these episodes again in the next several weeks. More on our brothers & sisters from Southern Soul soon…