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    Big ‘Uns BBQ Restaurant & Lounge September 29th, 2009

    When I worked at WCTV during the time the station itself was located on County Rd. 12 near the FL/GA border, the only restaurant close by was J.B.’s BBQ in the unincorporated community of Beachton, GA just north of the Georgia state line on U.S. Highway 319. Eventually WCTV moved to a more central location in Tallahassee and soon after that J.B.’s shut its doors for the final time.

    Big 'Uns BBQ Restaurant & Lounge, Beachton, GA

    Big 'Uns BBQ Restaurant & Lounge, Beachton, GAThe building remained empty for quite a while but now it has reopened as Big ‘Uns BBQ Restaurant & Lounge. A friend of mine (Hey Robert!!!) mentioned them on Facebook. My wife & I were rambling about last Sunday and happened to drive by. We decided to try ’em out. It’s been several years now since I’ve been in that building (back when it was J.B.’s BBQ) and it still has that familiarity I recalled even though the decor had changed quite a bit. I decided to order their half-slab St. Louis Ribs and my wife ordered a 6oz filet mignon (okay BBQ purists…I know what you’re thinkin’…it’s bad form to order steak in a BBQ joint…whatever…she hadn’t had a steak since her gastric bypass surgery back in early May and has just been able to handle tender, non-grisly beef {incidentally she’s lost 100 pounds — I had gastric bypass surgery myself 3-and-a-half years ago and have lost over 225 pounds}). With the dinner we had the choice of two sides. We both ordered thick cut french fries (extra crispy). My wife’s second side choice was the black beans while I chose the cole slaw. Our waitress, Paula, brought out the meals in good time and I immediately noted the ribs.

    Hold that thought for a sec willya? In the interest of full disclosure let me give you a brief BBQ background on me. I was born in the heart of blues and BBQ country…namely Clarksdale, MS, lived in Cleveland, MS for the first 12 years of my life and visited my maternal Grandparents in Memphis a lot during those years. Needless to say I cut my teeth on some of the world’s best BBQ so although I may not be considered an expert, I know good, proper BBQ when I receive it.

    Back to Big ‘Uns

    The half slab of St. Louis ribs was served without sauce on it and had a nice darkened outer coat. For the most part, it wasn’t a dried out darknesss (except for two tiny places on the thin ends of a couple of the ribs) and the half slab was presented intact (e.g. — not sliced into individual ribs). I pulled some of the meat off with my finger and noticed the meat was tender but still clinging delicately to the bone (which, in my humble yet experienced opinion is the proper way BBQ ribs are supposed to be as opposed to some places I’ve been where either the meat is so dry that it’s jerkified or it’s been overly-steamed or crock-potted where the bone slides out through a tunnel of greasy meat). The meat also was juicy yet NOT greasy and had a good smoke ring all of which indicated proper low-and-slow BBQ cooking technique. The BBQ ring showed good BBQ smoke exposure and upon tasting the meat the smokiness was confirmed. As I mentioned earlier, I cut my teeth on Memphis and Mississippi Delta BBQ where dry rub is the norm. I couldn’t really tell if these ribs were dry rubbed or not however if they were, the flavor was very subtle which ain’t necessarily a bad thing because an overpowering dry rub can overpower the meat’s natural flavors and detract from the smoke. In short, the ribs were outstanding! My wife’s filet mignon was tender, juicy and a good cut of meat well cooked and flavorful. She really enjoyed it. Her only disappointment was the black beans. It was spiced unusually, tasted “old” and was a bit dried out as if it had been left in the pot or warming tray far too long. Neither of us cared for it. My cole slaw however was excellent. Course cut cabbage with a creamy style cole slaw sauce was very nice.

    Each table had plastic squeeze bottles containing the restaurant’s three signature homemade BBQ sauces: original, smokey and mustard. I liked them all but of the three I preferred the original over the remaining two (but by only a smidgen). A nice balance of spice, tanginess and sweetness. The smokey sauce was only subtly different than the original on my tongue. The mustard sauce was also good with a solid mustard flavor that complemented the spices and tanginess contained in the sauce. I preferred the original but don’t think I wouldn’t be almost as pleased with the other two as well.

    As a spur-of-the-moment idea, we ordered a pound of sliced, smoked pork tenderloin to take home with us (since both of us are post gastric bypass surgery that means it will make for several meals) and before I loaded it in the car, I pinched off a piece to sample. I said the ribs were outstanding, but the sliced pork tenderloin was unbelievably good. The slices had everything any BBQ afficianado would want: nice dark outer layer, good smoke ring, tender, juicy and with a killer flavor from the smoking received during the BBQ process. I can’t wait until we go back ’cause now I gotta see how their brisket is.

    In short, I wholeheartedly recommend Big ‘Uns BBQ Restaurant & Lounge located between Tallahassee, FL and Thomasville, GA on U.S. Hwy 319.

    BigUns BBQ Restaurant & Lounge, Beachton, GA

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    Uncle Jay Explains The News — September 28, 2009 September 28th, 2009

    Uncle Jay’s news word for this week is divulge.

    Uncle Jay Explains The News — September 21, 2009 September 28th, 2009

    I forgot to put this on the blog last Monday. Better late than never.

    Uncle Jay’s news word for this week is civility.

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    Godly Wisdom — September 19, 2009 September 19th, 2009

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    Just Some Levity For The Moment September 16th, 2009


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    Smokin’ Butts Custom BBQ Rig September 16th, 2009

    This is one of those “I meant to have gotten around to posting this but procrastinated” entries on my blog. Back on August 29th & 30th, the Big Bend Bird Club held their 20th annual exotic bird fair and the Leon County Fairgrounds. My wife and I have a very spoiled pet cockatiel named Cheech so we went to get him some new toys and more food (cheaper than buying it from the local pet supply stores especially the chain stores). My wife and I used to be members of the BBBC many years ago and in fact we were on the planning committee that held the first BBBC exotic bird fair which held in the gymnasium of Raa Middle School in Tallahassee. We also volunteered and help set it up, run various things and cleaned the place up Sunday afternoon.

    However I digress.

    I took my camera along so I could take photographs of the parrots, love birds, cockatoos and anything else that caught my eye. And outside of the building, this custom BBQ rig really caught my eye. Grabbed my eye more like it. It’s the rig for the Smokin’ Butts BBQ from Vernon, Florida [located at 3219 Main St. in Vernon — phone (850) 535-0860]. I had to ask about it and the owner and the pit master told me they designed it and built it themselves along with a local pastor. If you ask me they did a great job. I suggested they take it up to the Memphis In May event and enter their BBQ contest. They didn’t know about it and said they’d look into it. After we finished our shopping for Cheech, I got one of their pulled pork sandwiches and frankly, I really liked it. I may not be an expert on BBQ, but I am quite knowledgable and since I did cut my teeth so to speak on Memphis and Mississippi Delta BBQ joints as a kid, I am able to recognize very good BBQ. And Vernon, Florida’s Smokin’ Butts BBQ is definitely good BBQ. I hope they come back next year. Maybe they’ll roll into town for the fall fair at the fairgrounds in a couple of months. I’ll wear the t-shirt I bought from them with BBQ pride.

    Smokin' Butts Custom BBQ Rig

    Smokin' Butts Custom BBQ Rig

    Smokin' Butts Custom BBQ Rig

    Smokin' Butts Custom BBQ Rig

    Smokin' Butts Custom BBQ Rig

    Smokin' Butts Custom BBQ Rig

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    Liberal Extremists Are Going To Call Anything Conservatives Do Or Say Racism Anyway September 15th, 2009

    Point well made.

    It Doesn't Matter What This Sign Says You'll Call It Racist Anyway!
    The pro-Obama media has definitely jumped on this already overcrowded, self-deluded racism bandwagon finding imagined racism where none exists. Sadly, more mainstream liberals and even those barely considered liberal are joining this irrational line of thought.

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    Human Statue Of Liberty Formed By 18,000 Soldiers September 15th, 2009

    Human Statue Of Liberty Formed By 18,000 Soldiers Standing At Attention
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    Uncle Jay Explains The News — September 14, 2009 September 14th, 2009

    Uncle Jay’s news word for this week is distort.

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    Godly Wisdom — September 14, 2009 September 14th, 2009

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    In Tribute To Touri Hamzavi Bolourchi September 11th, 2009

    In previous years at this time I, along with thousands of other bloggers, devoted our blogs to the memories of the victims of the 9/11 attacks via Project 2996. Each blogger featured one of the victims and created their tribute in whatever fashion in which they were inspired. The World According To Carl paid tribute to Touri Bolourchi and I am reposting that tribute in her honor on this solemn anniversary.

    Touri Bolourchi

    This blog is paying tribute and honoring Touri Hamzavi Bolourchi. Touri was a passenger on United Airlines flight 175 which took off from Boston, Massachusetts early on September 11th, 2001 with its destination being Los Angeles, California. However terrorists hijacked the plane and crashed it into the south tower of World Trade Center shortly after 9 am that morning. All 65 people on board were killed: 56 passengers (including 5 hijackers), 7 flight attendants and 2 pilots. Touri was not supposed to be aboard Flight 175, but she decided to stay a few extra days in Boston to stay with her daughter and two grandchildren while her husband, Akbar, flew home to Los Angeles on the flight she, too, had originally planned to take.

    Touri Bolourchi, age 69, was a retired nurse. She lived in Beverly Hills, California. She was born in Tehran, Iran. Touri met her husband, Dr. Akbar Bolourchi when she was a head nurse at the women’s hospital in Tehran. In 1979, she moved to the United States with her two daughters. As a nurse, educated in England and married to a doctor, she was determined to see her girls properly educated. Two years later, in 1981, her husband Akbar joined them. Her husband had a medical practice in Beverly Hills. Touri was fluent in six languages. After settling in California, Mrs. Bolourchi created a home filled with exotic decorative touches, spicy Middle Eastern food and books — in French, English, Farsi, Arabic and Italian — that she read obsessively, to herself and to her daughters, according to Roya Touran, her elder daughter. She loved cooking, especially for guests. Dishes requiring a dozen steps and two dozen ingredients did not faze her.

    “She would look through food and wine magazines,” Mrs. Touran said, “read through a recipe and just make it for guests. She was very courageous. And it always worked out.”

    She was in Boston visiting her daughter and two grandsons and had been there with them for two weeks. Her husband said she had not traveled to Boston for two years due to her fear of planes. He also said that two of her cousins died in airline crashes in Europe and Africa. She was survived by her husband, two daughters (Neda and Roya) and her grandsons (Bobby and Kayvon).

    Touri Bolourchi Memorial in Brentwood, California

    The memorial plaques for Touri Bolourchi shown above are located in Brentwood, California.

    Touri Bolourchi - A Segment From The Memorial Quilt

    The quilt segment in tribute to Touri Bolourchi is from the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt.

    My sincerest and heartfelt prayers, condolences and thoughts go out to the family and friends of Touri Bolourchi, and to all of the other victims’ families and friends on this anniversary.

    Information contained in this tribute came from various online sources and also a profile originally published in the New York Times on June 30th, 2002.

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    Uncle Jay Explains The News — September 7, 2009 September 9th, 2009

    Due to me being out of town for the Labor Day weekend, I was not able to post Uncle Jay’s latest video on Monday as I normally do. However, due to it being a holiday weekend, Uncle Jay decided to post a re-run on socialism. So enjoy!

    Uncle Jay’s news word for this week is socialism.

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    Sgt. Joe Friday Lectures Barack Obama September 9th, 2009

    Very clever editing and it makes GREAT points even after the show was initially aired about 35-40 year ago.

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    A Note Concerning This Blog September 3rd, 2009

    If you’ve been looking for my blog during the past several days and couldn’t find it but instead got error messages, blame the hosting system I was using. I say was because they not only accidentally deleted my blog, but couldn’t properly recover it and after several days worth of emailing their tech support person I finally got fed up and moved the blog to a new server. I lost a couple of weeks worth of materials but for some reason I lost ALL of my blog links. I could write a long, drawn out sob story giving you all the gory and frustrating details but that would make me more aggravated than I already am.

    On an aside, I must acknowledge that it was my wife who took over 8 hours of her free time to find a better hosting service, sign us up and move the blog over. I love my wife and am amazed that she puts up with me and my only creative outlet.

    Anyway, for a while I won’t be updating the blog much. What I WILL be doing over a period of several days is to try to mentally recall as many of my old links as possible and add them to my blog links. I’ll probably won’t remember them all and frankly that irritates me as well. I can’t find info on what WordPress file the links are actually found right now and if anyone knows, please email me ( so I’ll know to make sure to keep that file copied somewhere safe and secure. Hopefully this new serving host which got good reviews online won’t screw up my blog.