Jody Barned - Owner
Jody is a little bit Country, a little bit Rock n’ Roll, & a little bit “Crazy Cat Lady”, She is passionate, veracious, and a firm believer in “What you give out is what you get back”. Jody is a Calgary Chef who is a “lifer” in the restaurant industry, and after many years & much soul searching …she still loves it!
In 2005, Jody was invited to be the “Pit Boss-Lady” at the Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club, Calgary’s first true American Style Saloon & REAL Southern BBQ joint. She was whisked away to Tennessee for an adventure in BBQ not soon to be forgotten! Eating their way through the BBQ joints of Nashville & Memphis & taking in the “True Flavour of the Deep South” on so many different levels…Experiencing the ‘religion’ that is BBQ in the South, the amazing differences in the culture of the 2 cities, yet the deep seeded tie that binds them…Delicious, juicy, tender, smokey BAR-B-QUE! A full day workshop with one of Tennessee’s BBQ Champions, Lee McWright (“Pigpals” & “Music City Catering”) kick-started Jody’s heart & a Labour of True Love was born. A tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg topped off by a party with the locals & kin of Mr. Daniel himself in Lynchburg’s town square allowed Jody to drink-in more True Southern Hospitality & the passion started to burn! Jody earned her nickname “BBQ Queen” feeding Calgarians a taste of True Southern BBQ & Hospitality, & stoking the proverbial fire! Now, Jody has dusted off her crown & from the helm of her “Chariot of Smoke” will be providing Calgarians, once again, with the most delicious slow-smoked pit BBQ North of the BBQ Belt!