#TBT: The Neelys

by in Food Network Chef, January 16th, 2014

The NeelysIt’s Thursday, and while that means everyone is just one day away from the weekend, it also means it’s time to throw back — to an earlier period in Food Network’s history. Check back on FN Dish every Thursday to find the latest #tbt of your favorite chefs and get a retro look at their earliest days on TV.

The king and queen of down-home barbecue, husband and wife Patrick and Gina Neely are best when they’re together, one of only a few groups on Food Network to co-host a show. Their first-ever series on the network, Down Home with the Neelys, featured Pat and Gina cooking alongside each other, swapping stories about their family’s recipes, tips on executing their dishes at home and surely plenty of laughs.

Pat and Gina specialize in making traditional barbecue, and while that has different meanings across the United States, the Neelys most often focus on classic Tennessee ’cue, turning out Memphis-Style Hickory-Smoked Beef and Pork Ribs, Barbecue Baked Beans and Honey Cornbread Muffins. Although some barbecue recipes have a tendency to be complicated and require tricky cooking techniques, Pat and Gina’s are simple to follow and deliver tried-and-true results, thanks to their fan-friendly style of breaking down each component of a recipe and showing how it  can be replicated easily at home.

In 2008, Pat and Gina premiered a second series, Road Tasted with the Neelys, wherein they travel coast to coast in search of not just barbecue, but simply the top eats across America. With a focus on little-known family-operated shops, they ultimately discovered signature sweet and savory dishes unique to towns around the country.

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Comments (3)

  1. shannon says:

    I miss the Neeleys. They were great,very unpretentious.

  2. Trina Nelson says:

    Do they no longer work for the food network? So I will only be seeing re-runs? I think I have seen them all. Now what do I do? I do watch several cooks on the network, but I get real upset when I can't see them any more, like Paula Deen. I realize you are getting new talent but don't get rid of all the "old talent' in the process.

  3. Roxanne Smith says:

    Are they coming back with any new shows or specials

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