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The Holy Smoker

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Jun 10, 2019

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Monday through Saturday, Devin Pickard and his family run Papa KayJoe's BBQ in Centerville, Tennessee.

But on Sundays, Devin trades the BBQ pit for the pulpit at Hope Church, the non-denominational congregation where he preaches.

"I see Papa KayJoe’s as much of a ministry as Hope Church," Devin (below) tells Dan in this week's episode. "Monday through Saturday I feed [people] physically. On Sundays my mission is to try to feed them whatever menu God has laid on my heart."

In many ways, food is natural fit for a southern preacher:

"It’s odd, our attendance is higher when they know we’re gonna eat," Devin says. "Isn’t that amazing."

But there are other, less obvious ways Devin's two professions come together. Listen in to the full episode to hear more!

This is the first in a two-part series on churches that are using food to carry out their missions in surprising ways.


Later in the episode, cookbook author Tammy Algood joins us to talk about Sunday dinner etiquette and competitive church potlucks.

"It's not your grandmother's potluck anymore. They've upped their game," Tammy says.

"I like that people are putting extra effort into things and that it’s not just an ordinary day," she adds. "This is Sunday potluck. It’s meant to stand apart from every other meal."


Listen in to the full episode to hear Tammy's take on the perfect casserole. And she shows us the perfect way to end a BBQ feast, like the one Devin served us at Papa KayJoe's -- a corn cake topped with pulled pork, bbq sauce, and cole slaw (above).

(If you don't know about "sweet out" -- you're missing out!)

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Photo: Dan Pashman and courtesy of Papa KayJoe's BBQ

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