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Food Network impressed with Vic's BBQ in Thomasville

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A small Thomasville barbeque joint is getting attention north of the border.

A production crew all the way from Toronto traveled to Vick's Smokehouse BBQ Friday to feature pork on the Food Network in Canada.

And after trying the food, the host says it's the best kept secret in Georgia.

The owner's family, friends, and loyal customers came out to be a part of all the excitement, and so did WALB News 10's Christian Jennings.

"Thats comin good, look there, that's beautiful, said Jimmie Vickers flipping ribs on the grill.l

And as the smell of slow cooked ribs filled the air, so did Jimmie Vickers laughter, and contagious excitement.

"I just keep pinching myself, I really can't believe it. This is a dream of mine," he said.

Vic's Smokehouse BBQ - a tiny joint that sits far off the beaten path in Thomasville will be featured on the Food Network Canada. 5-star-restaurant chef and television host Lynn Crawford left her post in New York to interview Mr. Vickers.

"Everybody come to Vic's smokehouse. Jimmie makes the best!" said host Lynn Crawford.

And she wasn't the only one raving over the food.

"I love the chicken, the ribs are very tender, and he has the best fried shrimp around. Best BBQ I've ever had!" said customer Kha McDonald.

"I love it all, the chicken, the ribs...Jimmie knows how to cook," said Jimmie's proud Uncle Joe Watkins, who Jimmie says taught him everything he knows.

"Oh the ribs are delicious - they've got this special taste that makes you want to come back everyday," said Johnnie Bowdry as she waited for her lunch.

"This is me. This is my passion. I enjoy coming to work in the morning. I put my heart and soul into it," said Vickers.

"For me as a chef to get to come here and see what Jimmie is producing...this is what it's all about. This is the best kept secret in Georgia," said Crawford.

Now that the secret's out one special man has high hopes for his future. But for now he says, he's just going to keep cookin' BBQ the old fashioned way.  Takin' his time, and doin' it right.

The same canadian TV crew was also at a hog farm in Dixie, Georgia and is headed to Moultrie this evening to visit the makers of the BBQ sauce Mr. Vickers uses at his restaurant.

The show will air in Canada, but could possibly get picked up here in the US.

Vic's BBQ is located off Fletcher Street in Thomasville.

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