What’s Cookin’: No Bun Intended

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Mentone Market BBQ brings delicious Selma-inspired barbecue sandwiches to the Lookout Mountain region.

By RANDY GRIDER

Tom Emory admits when he first started serving barbecue sandwiches at the Mentone Market in 2015, he got a few puzzled looks and inquiries from some customers: “Where’s the bun?”

That’s because Tom, who owns and runs the Mentone Market in the heart of Mentone, Ala., with his wife Kristen, serves his barbecue sandwiches “old-school” style: two pieces of white bread on bottom, piled-high smoked goodness in the middle and one slice of bread on top.

“Some people have asked, ‘can we have a bun?’ and we politely tell them that our sandwiches come with white bread because that’s the way we do it,” Tom says. “It’s our style.”

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