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#FromTheArchives Butterball’s World Famous Barbecues


Who remembers Butterball’s world famous barbecues out back of Tone Distributors?

For those of you who don’t remember, you might be asking, how can a back lot barbecue be famous? Oh yes, indeed they were! When visiting Miami, artists and record people from all over the world would stop by the Tone offices just for some of Butterball’s cookin’. 

Not only was Milton “Butterball” Smith a great cook, he was also one of the most powerful DJs in the country, broadcasting on WMBM out of Miami, Florida in the 1950’s, 60’s and beyond; and debuting some of the best Rhythm and Blues, including many of the hits that came out of Henry Stone’s record labels.

Butterball Smith Barbecuing copy