Ok I will go next:
I really wanted to go on this trip, and in the days leading up to it, I wasn't sure if I could make it or not. I was hoping to bring my son with me, but after a battle with his mother, she decided it was best for him to stay with her
So heading out of Aurora @ 04:00 (what's the 0 for....... OH my gawd that's early, specially since I hadn't slept well the night before), I got Henpeck about 45 minutes ahead of everyone else. (I caught a rabbit travelling along I-71 running about 100mph, thusly I arrived EARLY.
I love people watching and Henpeck Market on a Saturday morning is the place to do it. I saw farmers, hunters, soccer mom's, travelling families you name they ALL came to Henpeck.
Al had a picture of the cold case so here is the hot case
Biscuits, ham, sausage, gravy, hasbrown casserole, grits, bacon, cinnamon rolls
I chose Biscuit with gravy, ham biscuit and hash brown casserole
The gravy was thin and not much flavor, the ham biscuit was good, and the hash brown casserole... I could have eaten the whole pan, it was GREAT!
Trying to make up for BuffettBuster not joining us, I tried to honor him
Like Al said above each color level related to the fruit, not an overly strong flavor of the fruit but just enough to give it sweetness and flavor.
Tennessee Cheescake - I love cheesecake and I make a great cheesecake, but this one was AWESOME, it reminded me of a brie or camembert cheese, a thicker almost rind like skin then a creamy almost liquid center.
After a good breakfast and fellowship with PP - Sundancer - Iwanago - Janet & the Mayor we headed off towards shaffer farms. I had forgotten how beautiful Williamson County, TN can be, the short drive down US 31 was calming and relaxing. I had been down that section of 31 before on a Civil War trip (Battle of Franklin, Hood's Retreat, Thompson's Station, Columbia, Spring Hill, Franklin)
We arrived at Shaffer Farms
I knew there was some serious smoking going on, and I was impressed with thier rigs
The Mayor and Janet went off to Find Sundancer & Iwanago at the Flea market being held down the road.
Poverty Pete, Pogophile & I had a pleasant conversation on the front porch sitting in the warm Autumn sun.
When most everyone got back to Shaffer Farms, we went in and ordered.
3 meat combo - Brisket, Pulled Pork, Sausage + bonus pork rib
The brisket had a nice smokey flavor and a decent smoke ring, was juicy and good
The pulled pork was a bit mushy, but had a decent smokiness
The sausage was a bit off, it had an ok overall taste and ended with a bit of heat but all in all there is LOTS better sausage out there.
The pork rib was overly dry, but had a good smokey flavor and would have been better if not dried out
I did sample some of the smoked rib plate meat and it was VERY GOOD.
Shaffer Farms sauce was wonderful, sweet TN style sauce, nice kick to it, and I thought it finished with a hint of TN whiskey, PP thought it was more of the molasses taste. Who knows, guess I will have to go back and get some sauce.
For my sides I got:
Ranch Style Potatoes - Warm, gooey, cheesy hint of ranch dressing taste, and some heat - THESE THINGS WERE AWESOME
Potato Salad - Would have been better for me if it were colder, the flavors had not melding together enough. I agree with Pogophiles that the addition of the larger chunks onions and pepper made it good.
Now onto my tribute to BuffettBuster
I was going to order the Nana Puddin, but I was informed that they didn't make any that day
So I got:
The chess pie was decent, but made either the day or 2 before, so the top was soft, it was ok
The fudge pie
I had never met a pie I didn't like until this day. It was grainy, watery and not really a fudgy texture
The buttermilk pie was again decent, but having been made well in advance it was becoming watery and soggy.
After TTM & Dave
arrived it was hard to get a picture of him without food in his face, so I got one with his eyes closed instead.
This day was a great relaxing day with good friends, I got to see some RFers that I have met before, but the more fun thing was meeting the others Poverty Pete, Pogophiles, Curbside Grill
It was a long day but a great one.
Thanks Poverty Pete for telling us about this place and setting everything up.