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Late Summer is the Best Time for BBQ

Modern barbecue grills first hit the market in the 50s and have been a staple of Southern cooking ever since.

Compass’ home state of Tennessee has built up a name for itself as a barbecue powerhouse in the ensuing decades. Barbecue restaurants populate each town and city, and Memphis-style barbecue is internationally-recognized for its flavor.

It should be no surprise that Chattanooga — where Compass is currently based — has a rich history of the culinary art of grilling.

BBQ Competitions Citywide

Chattanooga is home to several well-known, high-rated barbecue restaurants like Shuford’s Smokehouse, Sticky Fingers Ribhouse, Rib and Loin Barbecue, and more.

Chattanooga holds several large barbecue-themed events throughout the year. Plenty of well-known events are set to take place in September alone, such as The Battle Below the Clouds — an annual cook off that takes place at Chattanooga’s famous Ruby Falls on Lookout Mountain — the Big Pig BBQ Contest on main street, and the Beast Feast BBQ Festival at the Chattanooga Market.

There’s no better time of year to start grilling in the Scenic City — many upcoming local BBQ cook-offs and festivals are currently open for registration, so be sure to mark your calendar.

BBQ in The Big Nine

A certain street in the heart of downtown Chattanooga has always known how to handle a grill — currently named MLK Boulevard since 1981 in recognition of the Civil Rights Leader’s accomplishments, it was formerly known as Ninth Street.

The Ninth Street District was the center of African American culture in Chattanooga for decades, earning itself the nickname of “The Big Nine”, rivaling Memphis’ Beale Street in fame.

The Big Nine was home to a nightclub district and was where Bessie Smith — the renowned “Empress of the Blues” — made a name for herself a century ago.

The Big Nine may have found a new name for itself, but two things have remained prominent in the downtown community over the decades: jazz and good food.

Several restaurants still operate in the vicinity of The Big Nine, serving signature ribs, sauce-covered pulled pork, smoked barbecue, and other grilled foods fit for a feast.

BBQ in Your Own Backyard

Nothing says summer quite like the smell of grilling, and you might have felt like joining in on the fun of getting a grill going.

Compass auctions can be a good source for equipment that is regularly put up for auction that can help you establish your next project, whether that involves grilling, or construction, or repairs to a restaurant.

One of the items included in Compass’ upcoming Day 1 auction is a portable Fire Magic Echelon Diamond Series grill, sure to bring some late-summer excitement into your home or business.

Compass’ July Day 1 auction will begin to close on Wednesday, July 28th at 10:00 am ET. This auction is a live bidding event, and bidders are welcome to participate online via links to the catalog at

For any questions about our upcoming auctions, please contact us via email or by phone at 800-729-6466.