Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Sisters Chaia Smith and Audra Braunworth-Wiley, ages 25 and 26, recently opened Backyard BBQ in Soddy-Daisy.
“It’s not very often you see two girls running a barbecue joint,” said Smith, who along with her sister makes everything in-house, including all sauces and sides.
Their husbands smoke the meat overnight for 14 hours, the sisters said. The restaurant serves pulled pork, brisket, sausage and baby back ribs, fries and onion rings as well as homemade sides such as potato salad, coleslaw, cowboy beans.
“A lot goes into them, and they’re really good,” Smith said of the beans. “Everybody says we should jar and sell them.”
She added that a lot of customers from the Snack Shack still come in even though the location now houses Backyard BBQ, so they continue to serve hot dogs and chili dogs as well.
The restaurant sells a lot of pulled pork by the pound and often runs out, said Smith, and the brisket is gaining in popularity as more people give it a try. She and her sister plan to add chicken to the menu soon, Smith said.
“We don’t reheat or save anything,” she said. “Everything is made fresh that day. A lot of restaurants take cuts to make things short, but we like to do it the hard way.”
The sisters opened their first barbecue restaurant in Farmersville, Calif., where they won third place in a cook-off for their apple dumplings and first place for their tri-tip, a tender cut of meat that Smith said is hard to find in this area.
They returned to their native Texas and opened another restaurant, but were soon itching to try out a new place. Their dad is from Memphis, so they settled on Tennessee and found their current location on Craigslist. The sisters live in Dunlap.
Smith said the restaurant’s barbecue recipes came from their dad, and the banana pudding recipe has been in the family for ages.
Backyard BBQ offers outdoor seating on picnic tables and gives a 10 percent discount to people who bring their church bulletins on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m.
Smith and Wiley said they have had a very good reception with the restaurant so far.
“Everyone has been really nice,” said Smith. “We have customers who come back every day.”
Backyard BBQ is at 105 Porter St. and can be reached at 457-9547.