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Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn Unveils New Wine – Pit Master Reserve

OWENSBORO, Ky. -- Two years in the making and the Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn is now ready to unveil a new sweet red wine that pairs perfectly with its award-winning barbecue. It's called Pit Master Reserve and it's produced by the most award-winning Kentucky winery too. It'll make you swoon at the moon.

"We've spent the past two years working to find a winery that we could partner with and we found that partner in Purple Toad Winery," Patrick Bosley, co-owner of the Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn, says. "We're excited that it's a local connection. Two Kentucky traditions have come together."

Pit Master Reserve is produced and bottled in Kentucky. It's a sweet red wine (four on the sweetness scale) and derived from Purple Toad's own fruits - Lauren's Blackberry and Paducah Blue.

The tasting and selection process took a while, but Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn finally found the perfect blend to accompany its hickory-smoked barbecue. It pairs well with their award-winning mutton and pit dip too.

"It's not a snobby wine, but a country wine that's fit for the best barbecue around. You won't hear the symphony play as you sip it, but you may catch a whisper of the banjo or the wail of the fiddle. It's sure to evoke the echoes of Bill Monroe, Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley singing, 'Blue Moon of Kentucky'," Bosley says. "It's kind of like drinking your granddad's homemade wine."

Pit Master Reserve will be distributed by Purple Toad Distributing (270-554-0010) look for it wherever Purple Toad products are carried. It's also available by the bottle or glass in the dining room at Moonlite-Bar-B-Que Inn.

About Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn:

A Kentucky tradition since 1963, Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn meats are personally selected for quality and placed in their custom built hickory-fired pits. Meats are cooked low and slow, giving them that distinctive hickory flavor. For more information: or

About Purple Toad Winery:

Purple Toad Winery is Kentucky's largest winery. All of its fruit is American-grown and they combine modern wine-making techniques with old world knowledge to produce award-winning wines. For more information:

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Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn Tops ‘Best of’ Lists – Legacy Continues

OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn has been in business for more than 55 years and continues to make headlines in the world of barbecue. While some may sit on their laurels after more than half century, Moonlite Bar-B-Que knows that you always have to be on top of your game.

"We don't take our reputation for granted," Patrick Bosley, co-owner of the Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn, says. "We have a legacy and heritage to maintain and we work on getting better every day."

And, those efforts pay off. Year after year, this western Kentucky establishment manages to top "best of" lists in multiple capacities.

For instance, just last year, it topped CNN's list, "15 of the World's Happiest Places" and this past March, it found its way to the top of Southern Living's "The South's Best BBQ Joint in Every State 2018" and MSN's "The 50 Best Barbecue Joints in America."

One thing that sets this barbecue joint apart from others is its buffet and long-standing tradition of barbecuing mutton. The Bosleys have been cooking it since 1963 in the old fashioned Kentucky tradition. The burgoo, a kind of regional stew, is also made with mutton.

So, while its barbecue methods remain the same, its ability to remain constantly relevant in a quickly changing world, have not.

With more than 120 staff members, Moonlite has grown as a family business from a 30-seat roadside restaurant to one that now accommodates 350 seats; a USDA inspected processing plant; and an extensive catering department, wholesale division and carryout department. The staff works together to keep things going and growing at a slow and steady rate.

"We couldn't be more pleased that our brand continues to get recognition - year after year. And, we're coming up on one of our favorite months - May - 'National BBQ Month.' Let's see what happens then," Bosley says.

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Moonlite Bar-B-Q-Inn Celebrates Read Across America through Community Outreach Project

OWENSBORO, Ky. -- March 2 is designated "Read Across America" day by the National Education Association, and the Moonlite Bar-B-Q-Inn is taking it one step further. It's partnering with the University Press of Kentucky and the Daviess County Public Library to host community reading events every Monday night in March.

"We love the idea of 'Read across America' and wanted to do something that would bring the community together," Patrick Bosley, manager of the Moonlite Bar-B-Q-Inn, says.

So, during each Monday night in March from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Moonlite Bar-B-Q-Inn will host Kentucky authors:

* March 6: Stephen Vest, editor of "Kentucky Monthly."

* March 13: Wes Berry, author of "The Kentucky Barbecue Book."

* March 20: Louis Hatchett, author of "Duncan Hines: How a Traveling Salesman Became the Most Trusted Name in Food," and editor of "The Dessert Book" and "Adventures in Good Cooking," both by Duncan Hines.

* March 27: Mike Norris, author of the children's book, "Mommy Goose: Rhymes from the Mountains;" and Deirdre A. Scaggs, author of "The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today's Cook."

"These are all accomplished authors and editors and we're thrilled to have the ability to showcase them through this community outreach project," Bosley says.

Wes Berry is the author of the "Kentucky Barbecue Book." He has feasted at more than 175 Kentucky barbecue places and judged competitions. He teaches American literature at Western Kentucky University and edits a blog "Wes Berry Living."

Louis Hatchett is the author of "Duncan Hines: How a Traveling Salesman Became the Most Trusted Name in Food" and editor of two of Hines' classic cookbooks, "Adventures in Good Cooking" and "The Dessert Book." He is also editor of "Mencken's Americana" and co-author of "The Continuing Crisis: As Chronicled for Four Decades by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr."

Mike Norris has been writing stories, poems and songs for more than 40 years. His songs have been recorded by country, folk and bluegrass musicians. Most recently he wrote, "Mother Goose Rhymes from the Mountains," and has won several national awards. He's also the author of two other children's books - "Sonny the Monkey" and "Bright Blue Rooster."

Deirdre Scaggs is associate dean of the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center and the author of "Women in Lexington" and "The Historic Kentucky Kitchen."

Stephen Vest is the publisher and editor of Kentucky Monthly, a magazine that celebrates and highlights the food, culture and people of the state.

There will be a meet and greet with authors, signed copies of books available for purchase and other fun scheduled events. It's a free event and open to the public.

"Mondays are also kids-eat-free night so we thought hosting this event on Mondays would make for a fun night out for families," Bosley says.

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Moonlite Bar-B-Q-Inn is one of 15 Happiest Places in World Says CNN

OWENSBORO, Ky. -- When Patrick Bosley, manager of the Moonlite Bar-B-Q-Inn, learned that their heritage barbeque restaurant was named as one of 15 of the world's happiest places in not just the state, but the world, he was equally surprised as he was thrilled.

On January 16, CNN released a list "15 of the World's Happiest Places" and Moonlite Bar-B-Q-Inn was among them. The writer, Griffin Shea, reported that this fourth-generation, family-owned barbeque joint quite simply "tastes like home."

"We have no idea how we came to be part of this list," Bosley says. "A CNN reporter contacted us a few months back, but I had no idea where it was going to lead. We're honored and I'm planning to reach out to others on the list to share my congratulations with them too."

And apparently Griffin is not alone in her opinion. The Moonlite Bar-B-Q-Inn has been making people smile for more than 50 years. It's become a Kentucky tradition that serves up a very non-traditional ingredient - mutton.

Mutton, or aged lamb, has declined in popularity over the years because it takes time - something many people are short on these days. However, the folks at Moonlite Bar-B-Q continue to rely on this slow-cook method which happens over its hickory burning pit. After 12 hours, guests enjoy fall-off the bone mutton - a signature item that has brought them to world fame.

What else sets this place apart? Its barbeque buffet. According to "Gourmet Magazine," it's "spectacular" and "puts Owensboro barbeque in a class by itself."

The restaurant seats 350 guests and serves about 350,000 meals per year and its hand-built barbeque pit is equivalent to the size of four mid-sized cars stacked together. Yet, despite the volume, the place maintains its family vibe and warm atmosphere.

"We've become a dining destination," Bosley, says. "It's pretty incredible. President Bill Clinton has even indulged here."

Bosley adds that it was pretty humbling to be included on a list of the world's happiest places. Others that made the grade included Health Land Spa and Massage in Bangkok; Mary, a chocolate shop in Brussels; Ulva Island in New Zealand; Casablanca Valley in Chile; and more.

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