Some Of My Best Friends Are Vegetarians

When you sell food in Ann Arbor, even BBQ, one of the things you get asked is “What are your vegetarian options?”  In the past our response has always been: cole slaw, potato salad and cornbread.  All good stuff, but not exactly a hearty meal.  This has especially been problematic for those who want to […]

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Some Friendly Advice to Those Seeking Jobs

The last few months at Satchel’s have been busy.  Mark’s Carts.  Top of the Park.  Catering.  And of course, the restaurant.  As a result, we have done a lot of hiring.  Or at least, we have tried to do a lot of hiring.   You see, it’s hard to hire people.  This is partly because we […]

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Alabama Getaway

Last week, my family and I drove down to Alabama on a mission trip with some members of our church—a highly organized group from First Congregational here in Ann Arbor, led by Reverend Bob Livingston and John and Holly Porter.  We had a great fun week working with a local Habitat for Humanity chapter on […]

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A Primer on BBQ Sauce

Icing on the Cake? I am not a big sauce guy.  Don’t get me wrong.  I like sauce.  In fact in addition to putting sauce on my sandwich, I will make a puddle of extra sauce on the plate and mop it up with my sandwich one bite at a time (I do the same […]

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All You Need Is Rub

My first sleep-away camp was the summer after 2nd grade.  Camp Lainey, located somewhere in northern Alabama.  I don’t recall much about the experience other than it was my first introduction to ping pong, a game I still love to play.  At some point, I penned what must have been my first letter home.  Sadly, this […]

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BBQ and Proposal 6

I have decided to dip my toe into the murky waters of politics this year.  I do so reluctantly.  I am fully aware that folks come to Satchel’s for good food and service, not to hear me opine about headlines in the news.  And generally speaking, I avoid controversial discussions like politics and religion and […]

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California Dreaming

My wife and I recently spent a long weekend in San Francisco where we attended a wedding of an old friend.  We had a great time.  The city is absolutely beautiful.  We walked (and biked) up and down the mountainous streets and tried to use every mode of public transportation available (bus, cable cars, subway […]

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Ribs

The literature of barbeque is rich with different techniques for cooking ribs.  Some parboil the ribs first, then put it on a gas grill.  Others cook it in the oven, then move it to the grill.  Still others reverse the technique and put it on the gas grill first, then move it to the oven.  […]

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Great Eating in West Virginia!

So last week, I drove down to North Carolina to see family for a few days.  A long, long drive.  Luckily, I had my son, Spencer, with me to keep me company (“how much longer?”)  At one point, desparate for caffeine, I pulled over at a rest stop in West Virginia, a place called Tamarack. […]

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Why I Chose to Open a BBQ Restaurant

About a thousand years ago, I had to read a short story by Eudora Welty called “Why I Live at the P.O.” for my high school English class. I feel like I need to write my own version of that story called “Why I Chose to Open a BBQ Restaurant”. So here’s a start. A big […]

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