What do you get when you combine some of the best in Southern BBQ and an out of service taxi cab with 870,000 miles on it?
Well, you had to tune into the Food Network on Monday Night to watch the newest Food Network hit, The Shed to see it all play out.
We all know the Orrisons, the Mississippi family that makes some of the best BBQ you will ever taste, but tonight's episode of The Shed titled "One Smokin Taxi" introduced the world to Rick Hewatt of Atlanta Checker Cab, the oldest taxi cab company in Atlanta.
Hewatt has a line of BBQ sauces and rubs selling under the brand name "3 Taxi Guys."
The premise of the episode is Hewatt delivers an old taxi cab to The Shed and they guys have to turn it into a grill/smoker that will be used at a BBQ and Blues fest in Atlanta.
"I couldn't wait to see what the guys were going to do with the cab," smiled Hewatt.
The cab had to be gutted and then put back together. A smoker and hydraulic door were added and the cab became a grill and smoker.
After some testing and the smokestack was added, the cab was deemed perfect for smoking chicken and whatever else.
"The taxi was wonderful," said Linda Orrison of The Shed. "It couldn't have worked out any better."
Making a smoker out of a taxi cab is just one reason why The Shed has been a popular addition to the Food Network's summer programming schedule.
Linda said they feel blessed when they think about the success of the show.
"Each week it has grown," explained Orrison. "The episodes have been seen by over one million people."
The show continues to gain traction each week, and the 3 Taxi Guys cab is heading to a BBQ fest or competition near you.
Hewatt couldn't thank the folks at the The Shed enough.
"This is way beyond what we talked about," said an appreciative Hewatt. "Without Brad, and the rest of The Shed crew, this wouldn't have happened."
You can follow the exploits of the good people at The Shed on the Food Network and at http://www.foodnetwork.com/the-shed.
You can check out the 3 Taxi Guys at http://www.3taxiguys.com and remember, it's "cabilicious."