About the Fox Bros.
Growing up in Texas, twin brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox were inspired by the open sky, the Texas heat and the Southwestern spice. Though not professionally trained, the identical twin brothers developed an early passion for cooking, testing recipes on family and friends. In high school, when their peers were hosting keg parties, the Fox brothers were inviting their friends over for seated dinners (that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a keg). It wasn’t until Jonathan moved to Atlanta in early 1998 that he began taking his hobby more seriously. Justin followed shortly after, joining his brother in Atlanta in 2000. Frustrated with what they perceived as a lack of good, Texas style barbecue in Atlanta, Jonathan and Justin began to experiment with making their own through a “trial and error” approach. “The first brisket I ever smoked was the size of a two pound hockey puck,” says Jonathan. “I burned that thing pretty good.” To test their progress, the Fox brothers hosted a party in their backyard featuring all-you-can-eat barbecue, sides, drinks, and live music. The successful event became an annual tradition and grew each year with more elaborate menus and better barbecue. By 2004, more than 200 folks attended the party and Jonathan and Justin decided to open Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q as a catering company. Jonathan manned the smoker, Justin handled desserts.
The same year, Jonathan and Justin were introduced to Dan & Beau Nolen and Mike Reeves, owners of Smith’s Olde Bar. As a result, the Fox brothers began selling their barbecue on Wednesday nights at Smith’s. Due to overwhelming popularity, they added Saturday and Sunday nights to the schedule and soon the brothers went from barbecuing in the parking lot to serving their own menu at Smith’s seven nights a week. In 2005, Jonathan was laid-off from his corporate job – an event that proved to be more of a blessing than a curse. The catering operation had become a full-time job in itself and Fox Bros. Catering had begun receiving a significant amount of press in local publications. They were even named as runner up for “Best Overall Bar-B-Q” in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With their popularity growing in the community, Jonathan and Justin decided it was time to grow their venture and open a brick and mortar location With a loyal following already built, the Fox brothers partnered with Reeves and the Nolens to take the barbecue business to the next level, opening Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta’s Candler Park neighborhood in August 2007. Today, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has become an Atlanta institution, with features on Good Day Atlanta, CBS Better Mornings, The Weather Channel, TLC, HGTV, The Food Network and Fox News. They have earned top spots on barbecue rankings from publications like Eater, USA Today Travel, Daily Candy, Southern Living, and Maxim Magazine.