Dixie Bones is a family owned company.  The founder, Nelson Hill Head is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, where his family was in the grocery store business.  Nelson graduated from Washington & Lee in Lexington, VA & decided to remain in Virginia.  In 1996, Dixie Bones opened in Woodbridge where it maintains a reputation as the region’s best BBQ house.  It has been mentioned in numerous restaurant publications & named one of the top 100 restaurants in the DC metropolitan area by Washingtonian Magazine.  The Washington Business Journal has declared Dixie Bones to be the 22nd largest caterer in the entire metro area.

Generations of Southerners have perfected the food Nelson serves at Dixie Bones.   He thanks four people who influenced him the most:  his mother, Jane Hill Head who knew good food & how to make it;  Mary Smith who for many years cooked her recipes for his family;  Julia Child’s books & tapes that gave structure to his cooking;  & Frank Stitts who has elevated Southern ingredients & food to the world stage.

Nelson’s barbeque is Alabama style.  His cooking skills ere learned in the Heart of Dixie but he practices it in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  So which is it – Alabama or Virginia BBQ?  It doesn’t really matter so long as it is great BBQ.  As he says, “It’s all about the meat!”

You can read more about Nelson’s Southern history & heritage in the Dixie Bones Post (http://dixiebonespost.com/).