HOW IT ALL BEGAN . . .
Tony’s two loves in life are Southern Gospel music and cooking. For 20 years Tony found himself waking up in a different city each morning, a normal part of any gospel artist’s travel schedule. The chart hits piled up nearly as fast as the miles on the odometer. For that season in time, no one enjoyed this life more than Tony. However, in December of 2006 Tony embarked on a new journey, one that is just as challenging and fulfilling. That’s when Tony combined his two passions and opened Tony Gore’s Smoky Mountain BBQ and Grill.
The love of cooking has long been a passion for Tony. In fact, when Tony toured with his group, Majesty, both buses were equipped with full kitchens, including stove, oven, microwave and full sized refrigerators that were always stocked. It was nothing for the group to pull into a venue and while the rest of the group was setting up for the concert, Tony would get to work on dinner. After the concert the group would feast. It wasn’t just his group that enjoyed Tony’s cooking, there was an open invitation for any other groups performing to join Majesty for dinner afterwards. Tony has fed many appreciative gospel artists who were thankful that that night’s dinner didn’t come from a bag or a box. Tony’s cooking became legendary on the Southern Gospel tour.
Tony spares no expense or time in preparing some of the best BBQ you’ll ever put in your mouth. His process is all-natural pit BBQ with 100 percent hickory smoked meats that are slow cooked for hours. All of his sauces are original recipes starting with the one handed down to him from his Granddaddy. Every item is prepared with care to give his guests the finest in Southern cooking and the best BBQ in the Smokies.
There’s one more ingredient in Tony’s restaurant and it may be the most important – the music. Each day diners eat their meals while listening to Southern Gospel music. “It’s the only music I play,” Tony says adamantly. “It’s played all day long. It’s just the neatest thing to still be sharing music with people as well as my food.”