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Travel Channel show puts national spotlight on Teays Valley eatery

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HURRICANE -- A lot has happened since Barnyard BBQ was featured on the Travel Channel's "BBQ Crawl."

"The first day after the show aired we got a call from Detroit," Barnyard BBQ owner Crystal Tincher said. "The man asked how long it took to get here from Detroit. I thought, 'Are you serious?'"

The man was serious, and, according to Tincher, he ate at the restaurant on Tuesday.

"BBQ Crawl" is a show that follows former world champion of pork Danielle Dimovski, the self proclaimed "Diva Q," as she eats and competes her way through the south. Barnyard BBQ's introduction to the world wouldn't have happened if not for a bit of bad luck for Dimovski and crew.

Tincher said the crew were traveling through West Virginia last fall when they stopped off in Teays Valley for the night. The crew's van was broken into during their stay.

Tincher said the men who fixed the broken window in Dimovski's van recommended Barnyard BBQ to the host. Always on the lookout for good BBQ, Dimovski took their advice.

"They called that morning and I didn't know if there was anything to it," Tincher recalled.

Dimovski brought the cameras and crew and they filmed at the restaurant. Dimovski later told Tincher that the episode was one of her best at that time.

Thanks to the show, people from all around are traveling to try Barnyard BBQ.

"The day after it first aired, we got a call from a group of bikers from Bristol, Tenn., who said they wanted to ride up and eat," Tincher said.

After the show aired in Canada, even some of our northern neighbors made the trek to taste some BBQ.

"It makes me a little nervous," Tincher admitted. "All these people are coming from so far away. I'm afraid they'll be disappointed."

Since BBQ Crawl filmed there, Barnyard BBQ has expanded both inside and out with additional seating inside and more parking and a patio area outside. The restaurant can now feed more than 200 people.

Barnyard BBQ is at 1101 Hospital Drive in Teays Valley. A large smoker outside smokes pork, ribs and brisket, among others. All the side dishes are homemade. If barbeque isn't your thing, Tincher said the chicken liver is a big hit with customers as well as the crab-stuffed catfish.

Hours are Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. To place an order, book a banquet room or for catering, call 304-964-3322.

If you missed the original airing of the episode, you can catch it again at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, on The Travel Channel.