This past weekend, your ever lovable Grey Beard Biker, and Miss Tracy, made two lunch dashes on the big shiny beast. Both of them will be reviewed, but Saturday’s dash to Shaffer Farms Texas BBQ was especially awesome – and #GreyBeardBikerApproved!
The best part of Saturday’s lunch dash was the food, but the ride to Shaffer Farms Texas BBQ was also quite exceptional because it included the best part of the Natchez Trace Parkway – the northern most end. For those of you who have never been to this National Park, it traces the original Natchez Trace, which runs 444 miles (yes, this park is 444 miles long), from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. The trace was originally used by Kaintuck Indians, European settlers, fur traders, slave traders and soldiers.
The Food is what brings ‘Em
This was our first visit to Shaffer Farms Texas BBQ. We arrived before noon and the place was already starting to get busy (by the time we left the line was out the door and around the side). Due to some quick thinking by our fellow riders, we were able to save an indoor (it was a muggy-hot Tennessee day) picnic table to spread out the vast quantities of food we would soon partake in. Originally, I had decided to eat somewhat healthy and have the smoked turkey sandwich. But once I saw the brisket, I quickly changed my mind. It was literally its own food group!
The Grey Beard loved the smoked brisket, to say the least. The combo portion was significant enough for any big biker (like yours truly) and both of their homemade BBQ sauces were great – my favorite was the spicy vinegar. For sides, I had the corn-on-the-cob and the ranch potatoes. Those ranch potatoes are their specialty with a combination of potatoes, cheese, jalapeno peppers and some other secret ingredient – you have got to have them!
If you live in Middle Tennessee, northern Alabama or Mississippi – or if you’re just traveling through – make plans to stop at Shaffer Farms Texas BBQ! You will not regret it!
Shaffer Farms Texas BBQ
4 Vaughn Staggs Road
Summertown, TN 38483
Grey Beard Biker
Here is some GoPro video from four years ago when we rode the Natchez Trace Parkway with some close biker friends: