Judge Bean’s BBQ – Not Your Father’s BBQ
Article by Delia Jo Ramsey
Originally published in Brentwood Lifestyle
At Judge Bean’s BBQ in Brentwood, it is not your dad’s backyard barbecue, it’s a whole lot more than that. The South is known for its affinity for meats cooked low and slow, and Tennessee has dozens of options when it comes to that, but owner Nick Anneken and the team at Judge Bean’s keep people coming back with great hospitality and a style all its own, served in a casual spot right here in Brentwood.
Beyond traditional Texas-style barbecue and home-style sides, the menu has other nods to the Lone Star State with Tex-Mex twang. To start, there’s “Texas sushi” — a jalapeño pepper stuffed with sausage and cheese, then wrapped in brisket. The legendary loaded nachos are a humongous spread, topped with your choice of smoked meat (the half order is plenty, promise). Find also smoky wings, salads, burgers, tamales, tacos, and sprawling samplers fit for a crowd. Just be sure and leave room for the homemade banana pudding, just like Grandma made, for dessert.
The bar here is a destination all its own, drawing many locals regularly with its draft beer and a full bar with cocktails like “Texas Tea” or their signature house-made margarita, aptly named “The Judge”.
Over the years, ownership has changed hands a few times at the Texas-themed pit barbecue joint and saloon, but current owner Nick Anneken began as GM before personally investing, and his long history with the BBQ and Tex-Mex brand is more than evident in his passion for the food and the people at Judge Beans.
“When you come to Judge Bean’s, we want you to feel at home. We want you to get good, home-cooked food straight from the pit, side dishes that will make your mouth water, and an experience that is unique to our place. That’s a tall order, but it’s a promise we do our best to make good on every day we open the doors. At Judge Bean’s, a lot of folks say we have our own vibe. And that is true. We are not your typical BBQ joint. We are better than that.” -Nick Anneken