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If you’ve never heard of Pat and Gina Neely, you either don’t watch television or you don’t eat! When Down Home with the Neelys premiered in 2008, it became the highest-rated series debut in the history of Food Network’s In the Kitchen weekend block.

The show made instant stars of the dynamic couple, whose brand and businesses have exploded in its wake. Funny and flirtatious, they’ve won the hearts of foodies everywhere, and remain one of very few African Americans on the cable network. An estimated 5 million viewers tune in to watch them each week.Z

Filmed in their 8,500-square-foot Memphis, Tennessee, home, the show continues to be a top ratings performer. The couple has a multiyear endorsement deal with Kraft and still helps run the company Pat launched with his brothers 20 years ago, which now includes three restaurants in Tennessee, a catering business, several concessions, and sales of their eponymous sauces and spices online and in stores nationwide, including Walmart.

2011 has been a big year for the Neelys. In July, they opened Neely’s Barbecue Parlor in New York City, offering something rare in the Big Apple: centrally located Southern cuisine served in comfortable, upscale surroundings, complete with several small dining rooms, a large open bar area, and a cigar lounge on the lower level. Lest patrons forget where they are as they devour signature offerings such as candied bacon or beer can chicken, several large screens play the Neelys’ show nonstop. There’s even one playing to passersby just outside the front door.

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  • Angel

    Ryan, it is so GREAT seeing your heart for God, and spnaedirg His truth whether it is at LBCCS or elsewhere. I’m sure that over the last two years at LBCCS that you have been a big encouragement to people, but I am also totally convinced that as you move on into what God has for you in the future, that you will continue to be a GREAT blessing and encouragement to those who cross your path.

  • Bthina

    Wow, I can’t even find the words to express how tochued I am. I absolutely love it! The story you created through these photographs and the composition in which you have presented them has tochued my heart and once again I have counted my blessings. Not only have I thanked God for the blessing of my family shown in these pictures but, also for my family that made these beautiful images possible. Thank you, T2 and Sarah. However, Sarah IS in the pictures which I think is very cool!!!!!!! We love you both!

  • Yulie

    Ma’m, I’m new in cooking benagli food for my husband & as im living in australia, mostly i call my mom back in Bangladesh for any kind of recipes,instructions. but as im a born hindu married to a christian (Foriegner who seems to love the bangladeshi cooking style!!), my mom cant help me out with beef recipes (Not that she knows i cook beef at home haha) anyway i was looking online for a beef liver bhuna recipe for the last 3 hours & only now I found ur blog & I have a feeling this will b very helpful! thank u so mch for blogging these wonderful recipes here & a special thanks to ur children who help u put these recipes on ur blog.Best wishes,R