Monster History Channel BBQ Rig Rolls Into Town for CMA Music Fest



You youngsters out there may not believe, it but there was a time in recent history when the History Channel showed shows about, well ... history. Now the programming schedule seems fairly dominated by shows about people who shoot gators in swamps or who drive trucks on ice roads or who chop down giant trees or who find treasures in old barns and the pawn shops they try to sell those items to.

If you search, you can still find some history on the History Channel, but I no longer believe that you should be able to get an associate's degree from watching Discovery, A&E and The History Channel. I mean, heck, Larry the Cable Guy hosts a show on there now. But I have to hand it to them, they go big when it comes to barbecue.

The History Channel has constructed an 80-foot-long barbecue rig pulled by a semi that they are hauling around to events all over the country this summer. Nashville is a lucky stop this week during the CMA Music Festival, so this behemoth will be parked at the corner of Second Avenue and Broadway from Thursday, June 6, until Sunday, June 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Quintessential Texas pitmaster Trace Arnold will be handing out free samples of hickory-smoked and jalapeno cheddar sausage to visitors who can also play backyard games like cornhole and ladder golf to win History Channel merchandise and prizes.

Arnold is known as "The Rib Whisperer" for his talents on the smoker, especially at his 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House, which he opened earlier this year in Frisco, Texas. Each of the "3 Stacks" is attached to an individual smoker dedicated to a different type of meat, so the choice is yours.

The event is sponsored by Nationwide and notably, according to the official release, "members from Soldier’s Wish, a not-for-profit organization that grants wishes to soldiers, veterans and their families as a way to honor them for their bravery and sacrifice to our country, will also be on-site discussing their initiatives and how military members can get involved."

If you decide to fight the tourist crowd downtown this weekend, here's a great reason to fight your way all the way to the river.

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