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Jonathan and Justin Fox

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Growing up in Texas, Jonathan and Justin Fox were inspired by the open sky, the Texas heat and the southern spice. Before he had any clue he would end up in the restaurant industry, Jonathan Fox earned the nickname "Cookie" by his peers. When they would go camping, Jonathan would always end up cooking and preparing the food for all of his friends.

Remember the Alamo? Jonathan and Justin were born in San Antonio, TX on March 2 (Happy Texas Independence day & Happy B-day to Texan hero, Sam Houston). The twin brothers are the youngest of a blended family of six. In high school, when everyone was having keg parties, the Fox brothers were inviting their friends over for dinner parties (that doesn't mean there wasn't a keg present). "I have always loved having parties and being able to feed all of my friends and family," said Jonathan.

In high school, the Fox brothers obtained their first jobs at Six Flags over Texas. Jonathan worked at the lemonade stand and Justin made funnel cakes. "I haven't eaten a funnel cake since," said Justin. The two brothers are proud of their Texan roots and agree that their food is a great combination of where they have been and where they are now.

Jonathan and Justin taught themselves how to cook. They have no professional training and cook using a "trial and error" philosophy. "The first brisket I ever smoked was the size of a two pound hockey puck. I burned that thing pretty good," said Jonathan. He didn't even get serious about cooking until he moved to Atlanta in early 2000 at the age of 28.

When something in the kitchen didn't turn out right, Justin got creative. "The first time I made a red velvet cake, it came out like a brick; I haven't tried to make that since.

The flavors tasted right and I knew I loved cheesecake, so I tried to recreate the red velvet cake as a cheesecake and it became the most popular dessert we made at Fox Bros."

After scouring Atlanta for the perfect barbecue joint, the brothers decided to take matters into their own hands. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q started as a friendly backyard gathering with family and friends eating good barbecue. The backyard get-together turned into cooking for over 200 people including live music. In 2004 the brothers were introduced to Dan & Beau Nolen and Mike Reeves of Smith's Olde Bar. The Fox brothers went from barbecuing in the parking lot to having a separate menu at Smith's Olde Bar and cooking seven days a week. In 2005 Jonathan was laid off from his corporate job. This was more of a blessing than a curse; the catering operation had become a full-time job by itself. While serving at Smith's Olde Bar, the Fox brothers began to receive a lot of local press. They were even announced as runner up for "Best Overall Bar-B-Q" in the city of Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With continuing success at Smith's Olde Bar, the brothers teamed up with Reeves and the Nolens to take the barbecue business to the next level and open a stand-alone location for Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q to grow and prosper.

Today Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has become an Atlanta staple, with features on Good Day Atlanta, CBS Better Mornings, The Weather Channel, TLC and Fox News. They have earned top spots on bar-b-q rankings from top publications like Eater, USA Today Travel, Daily Candy and Maxim Magazine. In 2014, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q was named the official barbecue of the Atlanta Falcons. With fresh renovations to their flagship restaurant, Fox Bros. continues to serve Atlanta's favorite bar-b-q to their extensive fan base. The Fox brothers have no intentions of slowing down and believe that it's not only important to achieve your goals, but it is even more important to maintain them.

Growing up in Texas, Jonathan and Justin Fox were inspired by the open sky, the Texas heat and the southern spice. Before he had any clue he would end up in the restaurant industry, Jonathan Fox earned the nickname "Cookie" by his peers. When they would go camping, Jonathan would always end up cooking and preparing the food for all of his friends.

Remember the Alamo? Jonathan and Justin were born in San Antonio, TX on March 2 (Happy Texas Independence day & Happy B-day to Texan hero, Sam Houston). The twin brothers are the youngest of a blended family of six. In high school, when everyone was having keg parties, the Fox brothers were inviting their friends over for dinner parties (that doesn't mean there wasn't a keg present). "I have always loved having parties and being able to feed all of my friends and family," said Jonathan.

In high school, the Fox brothers obtained their first jobs at Six Flags over Texas. Jonathan worked at the lemonade stand and Justin made funnel cakes. "I haven't eaten a funnel cake since," said Justin. The two brothers are proud of their Texan roots and agree that their food is a great combination of where they have been and where they are now.

Jonathan and Justin taught themselves how to cook. They have no professional training and cook using a "trial and error" philosophy. "The first brisket I ever smoked was the size of a two pound hockey puck. I burned that thing pretty good," said Jonathan. He didn't even get serious about cooking until he moved to Atlanta in early 2000 at the age of 28.

When something in the kitchen didn't turn out right, Justin got creative. "The first time I made a red velvet cake, it came out like a brick; I haven't tried to make that since.

The flavors tasted right and I knew I loved cheesecake, so I tried to recreate the red velvet cake as a cheesecake and it became the most popular dessert we made at Fox Bros."

After scouring Atlanta for the perfect barbecue joint, the brothers decided to take matters into their own hands. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q started as a friendly backyard gathering with family and friends eating good barbecue. The backyard get-together turned into cooking for over 200 people including live music. In 2004 the brothers were introduced to Dan & Beau Nolen and Mike Reeves of Smith's Olde Bar. The Fox brothers went from barbecuing in the parking lot to having a separate menu at Smith's Olde Bar and cooking seven days a week. In 2005 Jonathan was laid off from his corporate job. This was more of a blessing than a curse; the catering operation had become a full-time job by itself. While serving at Smith's Olde Bar, the Fox brothers began to receive a lot of local press. They were even announced as runner up for "Best Overall Bar-B-Q" in the city of Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With continuing success at Smith's Olde Bar, the brothers teamed up with Reeves and the Nolens to take the barbecue business to the next level and open a stand-alone location for Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q to grow and prosper.

Today Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has become an Atlanta staple, with features on Good Day Atlanta, CBS Better Mornings, The Weather Channel, TLC and Fox News. They have earned top spots on bar-b-q rankings from top publications like Eater, USA Today Travel, Daily Candy and Maxim Magazine. In 2014, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q was named the official barbecue of the Atlanta Falcons. With fresh renovations to their flagship restaurant, Fox Bros. continues to serve Atlanta's favorite bar-b-q to their extensive fan base. The Fox brothers have no intentions of slowing down and believe that it's not only important to achieve your goals, but it is even more important to maintain them.