Jack of Hearts – Nashville

WARNING: This blog post may make you extremely hungry and greatly enhance your desire for meats.

This post has been a long time in the making. I had this experience at the beginning of December but have not been able to share it with you all yet. Well here it is!

I was blessed to have the opportunity to take part in a men’s retreat in Nashville at the beginning of December. It was called Expedition and was hosted by Joel Johnson, who was recommended by one of the most amazing people in the world, Brenda Bertrand. It is hard to explain how great the weekend was; God really did so much in such a short period of time. If you’re interested in hearing more about it, message me!

Anyway, this is where it all took place…

Retreat House


Front Porch


We had a tight schedule so we didn’t have much time to venture out so we had some food brought in and also home-cooked food by some amazing volunteers (that food soon to be seen in later posts).

But this post is all about Jack of Hearts, easily the top 5 of any BBQ I’ve had so far! Not just because of the amazing meats, but some of the best beans and potato salad and sauces. It’s the little things that really make a place shine! Is that cheezy? 🙂

This picture may make the place look like a women’s retreat but don’t be deceived! We are men.


For the meats, we got some pulled pork and smoked turkey; each came with their own sauces. Smoked Turkey = MY FAVORITE; more and more flavor would come out as you chewed… Mmm…

pulled pork


Turkey and Rolls


smoked turkey


Potato Salad




I’m not one to talk about beans usually but these beans… these beans… (trails off unintelligibly…)

And here it is all on a plate but you could also make it a sandwich! I knew we were eating the whole day so I went for the plated version minus the bread…

On a Roll


plated version


So the sauces are made at Jack of Hearts and you can even buy them here! This was the first time I had seen a white bbq sauce; it was for the turkey and it did well.

So, needless to say, we really enjoyed this meal. It prepped us well for our next session which I believe was on intentionality… In that principle, I encourage you to intentionally visit Jack of Hearts when you are in the Nashville area. It will make you want to dance around the city all night, as seen below…

Clock Dance


Oh, and if you’re wondering, I didn’t get to meet Connie Britton. 😦  I did try though! I sent a tweet! No response though.


15 thoughts on “Jack of Hearts – Nashville

  1. I’ve never been to Nashville, and Jack of Hearts is another reason why I must visit soon! Texas BBQ reigns supreme so I must taste for myself to see whether or not it measures up ;). I’m intrigued by this white bbq sauce business! Great photos!

  2. Ahaha, the last picture perfectly captures your enthusiasm for good food! I loved this post, and can only imagine how tasty that smoked turkey was. Yum! Let’s buy a jar or two of Jack of Hearts sauce and try to recreate this meal in DC! It’s been years since I’ve had good barbecue!

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