History of BBQ in Bryson, TN
Willard & Geraldine Russell purchased the land and built Russell’s BBQ opening
in January 1965. He ran the pit serving meat on a take-out only basis. Mr.
Russell ran the pit until his retirement in 1988 when he sold the pit to Bobby &
The Burnham's operated under the same name and added a small indoor seating
area. Bobby passed away in December of 1993 and the business closed. Sandra
Burnham sold the pit to Bo & Jane Witt of Dellrose in April 1997.
Bo reopened the pit and operated as Bo’s Corner Pit for several years until it
burned completely the day after Christmas 2002. He rebuilt a larger building
keeping the indoor pit area where some of the cooking still took place.
couple of years Bo retired and leased the business to various individuals.
During the last lease the indoor pits caught fire the week of July 4th, 2008
closing the business. He and his wife put the business up for sale and it was
purchased in late July 2008 by Bill & Kristen Pfeiffer of Dellrose.
The Pfeiffer's purchased a smoker, which is a solely wood-fired pit and Corner
Pit BBQ was re-opened May 16, 2009.