Here's The Story...


Moe’s Original Bar B Que was founded by three Alabama boys: Ben Gilbert from Athens, Mike Fernandez from Tuscaloosa, and Jeff Kennedy from Huntsville. After meeting at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, they instantly became friends and had a mutual interest in all things Southern: BBQ, blues, college football, and whisky.

In 1988, Mike hooked up with Moses Day in Tuscaloosa and began learning to fire roast meats. When Moses fired up his backyard barrel pit, everyone in T-Town knew where to go. The boys were lucky to learn from Moses and his distinct style makes up Moe’s original flavor of BBQ.

Loving the mountains, the guys eventually all landed in Vail, Colorado and refined the cooking skills they had learned over the years. By using fruit wood to smoke the meats fresh daily and hitting it with two sauces, they knew they had something special. Unlike other BBQ joints, Moe’s Original BBQ doesn't stop there as Southern style side dishes and desserts are prepared daily from recipes passed down for generations.

Moe’s Original BBQ is a Southern soul food revival where great food is served in an atmosphere that is relaxed, spontaneous, yet civilized….well, sometimes.


Moe's Original BBQ Timeline 

Montgomery, AL 

Summer/Fall 2001 - Minturn, CO
Using the Cougar Ridge Café in Minturn as our first venue, we roasted our meats on a charcoal grill at Jeff Kennedy’s doublewide on the river. Not glamorous, but it was the start of Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que (MOB). 

All running separate restaurants, we built a $600 pit out of Randy Quintana’s junkyard and began catering. Our first gig was serving chocolate covered strawberries and the second was pork at a Jewish wedding. It was a strong start! 

Summer 2002, 2003, 2004 - The Tin Top, Edwards/Eagle-Vail, CO
In the winter of 2001-02, the catering proved successful. We bought a 40 foot gooseneck, hay trailer and converted it into a Health Department certified BBQ concession trailer. We decked it out with a tin roof and barn wood siding. With hay bales for seats and wire spools for tables, we set up shop on the street corner in Edwards, CO. We sold out of BBQ 100 days straight and continued this for two more summers on various corners. We now had a product that people craved. 

Ski Season 2002-2003 - Lionshead Tin Top
In the winter of 2002 we found a carry out restaurant for sale in Lionshead Village. We bought it turn key for $7,000. Well, turn key to an extent. There was no kitchen and only nine seats, but it worked. We smoked our meats outside all winter. At this point, we were now in business year-round. Moe’s Original Lionshead Tin Top helped to put the Western slums of Lionshead back on the map. 

Vail Resorts invited MOB to sell BBQ at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain. At this point, we were selling BBQ to a vast audience at two world class ski resorts. 

Winter 2005 - Lionshead Village, Vail
We retrofitted this 1,500 sq ft restaurant and bar into a favorite dive year round. It is fully self-sufficient with a Southern Pride 300 pound Smoker which was the first wood burning appliance allowed in Vail in 11 years...thanks to the town officials being huge fans of MOB.  

Summer 2005 - Eagle, CO
Located in a strip mall above a bowling alley, we designed and built this restaurant from the ground up. It was the ideal MOB layout with a completely open kitchen. A Southern Pride 700 enabled us to cook enough meats even in our busiest catering season. This was the first year round restaurant. After completing a five year lease at this location, we decided we had outgrown the strip mall. We redeveloped an old gas station on Highway 6 into our new prototype restaurant model. Taking all our ideas from the past restaurants, we built our perfect Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que that is a neighborhood roadhouse on the West side. This smart move will continue to be our training grounds and home base for Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que global takeover. 

Spring 2006 - Orange Beach, AL
We partnered up with Mark “Pinto” White to test the BBQ waters of Alabama. Gazing out into the Gulf of Mexico, this is truly a country kitchen. There was inside seating for 40 and an additional 20 outside on the deck. All smoking is done on homemade barrel pits which are rolled into the attached smokehouse.  

Fall 2007 - Birmingham, AL
Carving out a niche in the heart of BBQ country was a big step for MOB but brothers Kevin and Eric Witherington were convinced it would work. Along with Kevin and Eric, we purchased a renovated gas station in Vestavia and customized the kitchen to fit our needs and added an Ole Hickory 700 pound smoker to the dining room. We have proven ourselves in a very competitive market. 

Spring 2008 - Birmingham Lunch Outpost
Down in the Business District, Kevin and Eric worked out a smokin’ deal and positioned Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que into the heart of the city. It was a small joint with seating for 20. There was a line out the door at lunch Monday through Friday. 

Fall 2008 - Denver, CO
Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que & Bowling is the brainchild of Steve Schalk and MOB. Eight lanes of bowling, a stage for live entertainment, and a full restaurant and bar allows for lots of moving pieces to keep us all on our toes. It’s great for private parties and events too! 

Winter 2009 - Daphne, AL
Situated just steps from Mobile Bay and shaded by century-old oak trees and Spanish moss, Pinto's next location quickly became a BBQ Mecca on the Eastern shore. 

Spring 2009 - Hoover, AL
The location in Hoover was another one that fell in our laps. After several restaurants (including BBQ) failed there, the owners of the property came to the Witherington brothers invested minimal money and had the place up and running within a month. With a simple layout, it is efficient and easy to operate with low overhead and labor. Here, the “runner” is used to deliver food, which has proven to be a little more personable. With an additional customer point of contact, we are considering making this the norm. 

Spring 2009 - Lakeview, Birmingham
After conceptualizing, developing, and operating a very successful Lakeview Oyster House in Birmingham for eight years, Kevin decided it was time for him and Eric to concentrate their efforts on BBQ instead of oysters. With a huge deck, plenty of indoor seating, and an events room, this old house in Lakeview took on the feel of another Blues Revue. 

Fall 2009 - Fairhope, AL
The MOB Daphne boys open up an outpost space at downtown Fairhope, AL's Windmill Market. Folks in Fairhope can enjoy our great BBQ on Thursdays and Fridays for lunch and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Winter 2010 - Fort Collins, CO
Longtime friends of the Moe’s Original BBQ boys, veteran restaurateur and Chef Ted Schneider secured a great location along the pedestrian mall in the historic downtown district of Old Town. He now brings the signature, made fresh daily, Bama-style BBQ to the good people of Fort Collins. 

Winer 2010 - Tuscaloosa, AL
Back to where it all began, John Moss has made a BBQ and Blues statement in downtown T-Town. With the custom woodwork and design, the restaurant and bar have the feel of the Rocky Mountains in the heart of the South. Already proficient with the bar scene in Tuscaloosa, Moss and his team took over the BBQ world at our Alma Mater, The University of Alabama! 

Spring 2010 - Huntsville, AL
Mike Ellis and Chris Clowers opened Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que in Jones Valley Station in Huntsville, Alabama. This 13th location offers MOB award-winning Bama-style BBQ as well as four flat screen TVs for sports viewing, a patio with picnic tables, views of the mountains and Jones Valley. 

Spring 2010 - Downtown Denver, CO
Steve Schalk, owner of Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que & Bowl and the Gothic Theatre, brought the same great BBQ to the downtown Denver. Previously an auto repair shop, this retrofitted MOB offers a sports bar type feel. With multiple TVs, a dozen beers on tap, and garage doors opening to the massive outdoor patio, this location is fit to feed the masses of Denver. 

Summer 2010 - Lakewood, CO
Mike Shelly and Co. move into the Bear Creek suburb of Denver. With heavy residential in every direction, this location does an extraordinary amount of carry out business. They have 30 different beers with a deck overlooking East Denver. Shelly being an Auburn fan, we’re experimenting with our first rival décor. 

Summer 2010 - Asheville, NC
Located in the Biltmore Village area, MOB Asheville brings our BBQ to an area surrounded by many shops, music venues, and attractions nearby with downtown Asheville minutes away. In addition to a beautiful outdoor patio, there are four large flat-screen TVs for sports viewing and live entertainment on the weekends. 

Winter 2011 - Atlanta, GA
Preston Smith and Brett Mancuso’s 2400 square foot renovated Kool Korners Midtown building offers Hotlanta Moe’s Original’s award-winning Bama-style BBQ. Designed with a rustic feel complete with staples of the South, the down home restaurant is comfortable for families, students and professionals alike. With a lively nightlife scene a thirty foot, full premium bar, half dozen high definition TVs and occasional live music, this location is sure to please! 

Winter 2011 - Auburn, AL
John Moss, Ryan Helsley and Co. brought award-winning Southern Soul Food Revival to the War Eagle town. Designed with Moe’s Original BBQ’s theme of tying its Alabama and Colorado roots, the fast casual eatery is located in downtown Auburn right by Toomer's Corner. Complete with a 45 ft. full premium bar, this Moe’s Original BBQ has 11 high def TVs to catch all of the games and live music Thursdays through Saturdays. 

Winter 2012 - Boulder, CO
With densely populated neighborhoods all around and the nice mix of university students and faculty, local families and seniors, the prime Boulder location seemed like a natural fit to bring Moe’s Original Bar B Que to this community. Much like perfecting the recipes passed down for generations, Mike Shelly's team had a tremendous sense of pride that went into creating the atmosphere of this Moe’s Original Bar B Que. 

Spring 2012 - Bangor, ME
Owner Dewey Hasbrouck's dream of moving to back to his home state of Maine with his family and opening a Moe’s Original BBQ became a reality. He's proud to be bringing one of his favorite aspects of the South to his favorite part of the country. 

Spring 2012 - Village of Providence, Huntsville, AL
Mike Ellis, Chris Clowers and crew expand their reach in Huntsville with a second location at the Village of Providence. They now offer our Southern soul food revival in the north side of Huntsville and easily accessible to the city of Madison. 

Fall 2012 - Breckenridge, CO
Partners Dexter Meadows, John Rediker and Eli Gerstein found a sweet spot in historic district of the Breckenridge ski town with views of the entire ski area and the surrounding Tenmile Range. 

Winter 2013 - Mobile, AL 
When Pinto saw a 7400 square foot joint in the upper downtown part of Mobile that screamed Moe's Original, he knew it was the perfect spot for his next restaurant that also had the capacity for a large music venue and facility for large parties. 

Winter 2013 - Trussville, AL
Adding to three other Birmingham locations, Kevin and Eric Witherington found the perfect spot to bring Moe’s Original Bar B Que to downtown Trussville. It even has a drive thru window! 

Spring 2013 - Nashville, TN
After a combined six years of experience training under the original founders, Alston Noah, Andrew Clark and Jordan Winn were presented with the opportunity to open their first MOB in Nashville's suburb of Franklin, a community starving for something different on the barbecue front. 

Spring 2013 - Hendersonville, NC 
After a warm welcome in Asheville, NC, Dave Rice brought the all things Southern BBQ experience about 30 miles down the road to Hendersonville, NC. 

Spring 2013 - Cullman, AL 
After training in Colorado, Joseph Fralic and Cullman natives Justin Gilley and Tyler Schuman decided to introduce Moe's Original BBQ, the award-winning BBQ concept to their hometown. 

Spring 2013 - Matthews, NC 
After managing at the Asheville location, Brian and Janeen Fairhurst teamed up with Brian's brother Craig to open their own Moe's Original Bar B Que in the quaint town of Matthews, right outside of Charlotte. 

Winter 2013 - Aurora, CO
Steve Schalk's team decided the Denver area needed another bowling alley paired with awesome Que. It includes 8 lanes of bowling, pool tables, arcade, 18 TVs, and 16 Colorado beers on tap!

Spring 2014 - Panama City Beach, FL
Ryan Helsley, Will Casanova and Trace Armstrong brought their own BBQ joint to PCB just in time for Spring Break. With a tiki hut bar out front, the expansive patio, it's a smokin' hot place for guests to people watch, socialize, eat and drink while at the beach.

Spring 2014- Granville, OH
Owners Kara Gallagher and Greg Tracey discovered Moe’s original flavor after living in Asheville, NC for 10 years. They partnered with Kara’s mom Nasie to bring the Southern Soul Food Revival back to their hometown community. 

Spring 2014 - Decatur, AL
With two other successful locations in Huntsville at Jones Valley and Village of Providence, owners Mike Ellis and Chris Clowers knew Decatur was the next logical spot after hunting for the perfect space. 

Summer 2014 - Tahoe City, CA 
After training for years under the founding partners in Vail, Eric Pilcher, Luke Dannals and Josh Wallick open our first waterfront location with views from every table. 

Summer 2014 - Pawleys Island, SC 
Meg Lonon brings the first Moe’s Original Bar B Que to the lowcounty in a spot recently named one of the top 10 beaches in the US.

Fall 2014 - South Portland, ME
After success and great demand in Maine, Dewey Hasbrouck expands by opening another Moe's Original in the Northeast. 

Fall 2014 - Woodfin, NC
JJ Murphree and Sam Ragland brought a second location to the Asheville area, this time just outside of the city in Woodfin.

Winter 2015 - Steamboat Springs, CO
Hillary and Chris Gander, Kelly and Jon Subr chose a key Steamboat Springs spot to attract local as well as year-round North Routt recreation traffic and summer sports tournament tourists.

Winter 2015 - West Mobile, AL
Mark White, Grant Saltz and Ashleigh Valluzzo open up shop on the west side bringing Moe's eats to the area near the airport and University of South Alabama. 

Spring 2015 - Foley, AL
It seemed the next logical spot for Mark White to open a restaurant in the heart of Foley,  by the outlets, sports complex, and Coastal Alabama farmers and fisherman's market. 

Summer 2015 - Charlottesville, VA 
Having been a part of the Moe's Original Bar B Que family in Asheville, Ashleigh and Mike Abrams knew they wanted to bring Moe’s to Virginia.

Fall 2015- Downtown Franklin, TN
After a successful two years in Cool Springs, partners Alston Noah, Jordan Winn and Andrew Clark along with Will Strain bring the Southern Soul Food Revival to Downtown Franklin.

Winter 2016- Wilmington, NC
After owning and operating successful Mellow Mushrooms in the area, Robert Ray and Kevin Dukes decided to bring Moe's Original BBQ to the Port City after discovering our BBQ on a vacation in Vail. 

Winter 2016- New Orleans, LA
After meeting in college at the University of Alabama and working in various other restaurants from Commanders Palace to Innisfree, co-owners Bryan Hargett and Stephen Lane decided it was time to bring great BBQ to New Orleans.

Spring 2016- Bozeman, MT
After owning and operating the the Cullman, AL location for several years, Tyler Schuman and his wife Frankie headed west to Montana where their food truck can be found all over. 

Spring 2016- Knoxville, TN
Michael Harb, Whit Stuckey joined the team and set up shop in Knoxville. 

Spring 2016- Johnson City, TN
After helping launch one of JJ Murphree’s Moe’s Original Bar B Que restaurants in the Asheville area, Scott Harris knew he wanted to partner with him. They decided that Johnson City was the perfect location as they saw a need for our award-wining food.

Summer 2016 - Golden, CO
Mike Shelly and crew open their third location in Colorado. 

Summer 2016 - Roswell, GA
Owning several other locations in Northern Alabama, Chris Clowers and Mike Ellis have partnered with Roswell native Kyle McCarter and Andrew Justinin the Sweet Apple Village shopping center in the heart of Roswell.

Summer 2016 - Starkville, MS
Kiel Hebert, Michael Blankenship and Whit Stuckey opened shop in downtown Starkville ready to take on the Mississippi State Bulldog crowds. 

Fall 2016 - Carrollton, GA
After working at Moe's for years, Tyler Hamil decided his hometown needed to discover the Southern Soul Food Revival. 

Winter 2016 - Jackson Hole, WY

Tom Fay and David Fogg bring our affordable BBQ and Southern fixins to Jackson Hole. 

Winter 2017 - Semmes, AL

Mark White, Grant Saltz and Ashleigh Valluzzo have opened the sixth South Alabama location! 

Winter 2017 - Forest City, NC

After owning several other locations in North Carolina, Dave Rice decided Forest City was the next stop for his latest Moe's. 

Winter 2017 - Rome, GA

Jeremy Duke, Truman Webb, Tyson Dube opened a new location in Bridgepoint Plaza bringing fresh from the pit BBQ to the good people of Rome

Winter 2017 - Chattanooga, TN

With two successful Mellow Mushrooms in Chattanooga, Jason Jones, Travis Griffith, LJ Knight changed gears to bring our Alabama-style BBQ to the heart of the Scenic City. 

Spring 2017 -  Georgetown, SC 

With a prosperous location already in Pawleys Island, Meg Lonon made Georgetown her next lowcountry location. 

Spring 2017 - Newark, OH

With a successful restaurant already in Granville, owners Nasie Gallagher, Kara Gallagher and Greg Tracey thought with all of the revitalization downtown that Newark was a perfect spot for their second family-friendly restaurant.

Summer 2017 - Montgomery, AL

After a combined ten years of experience training under the original founders, owners Hill Lubin and Richard Boyles bring freshly smoked meats combined with classic southern fare to the Montgomery community.

Summer 2017 - Albuquerque, NM

Chad & Cat McCall bring our first location in New Mexico in the Northeast Heights area of Albuquerque. 

Coming Soon - Opelika, AL, Greenville, SC & Mexico City

Recognized with many awards, Moe’s Original Bar B Que has been named one of the Top 10 Rib Joints in the U.S. by Relish and Top 10 BBQ Chains in America by USA Today and The Daily Meal. Recently celebrating its 15 year anniversary, Moe's Original Bar B Que has grown from a junkyard pit to over 50 successful restaurants in fifteen states with minimal debt. Our logistics continue to be refined for aggressive growth. Give us another 15 and hold on tight!