Back In the Day

Growing up in the backwoods of Georgia, Walter Nash, Sr., better known as Lefty, always had a yearning for wanting more out of life. As a young boy, he would pick cotton to help support his family and, while doing this, he remembered daydreaming about moving east to start his own business.

In his teenage years, Lefty grabbed the opportunity to move to D.C. where he, growing into his adult years, started many businesses.  He had failures, as well as, successes running his businesses but ultimately he knew he did not have passion.

One of Lefty’s favorite pastime was having barbecues with friends and family.  Folks always complimented Margaret’s, Lefty’s wife, cooking.  That’s when he had an epitome. 
Why not open a restaurant?   He knew Margaret had a passion for cooking and, on top of that, he remembered how he grew up with his dad, Ben, cooking pigs in a manmade pit in the backyard from sunset to sunrise listening to blues music. His family would pretty  much eat everything from the pig….starting with chittlins’, pig’s feet to making hog head cheese and hash (stew made with pig’s feet, pig’s ears and vegetables).

Influenced by Ben, Lefty and Margaret finally opened Lefty’s Barbecue in 1989 in a small trailer on the side of the highway in Hughesville, Maryland. Just selling ribs, chicken, North Carolina style pork and a few homemade side dishes, folks would travel as far as Baltimore and D.C. to southern Maryland to see the backhouse of the trailer with stacks of hickory and mesquite wood piled high. Folks knew they were close because they could see the intense smoke pumping from the shack and they could smell the aroma for miles!

But it didn’t just stop there.  Margaret was on a mission creating different spices, sauces and seasonings until she finally was pleased with Lefty’s Barbecue’s own rib rub and barbecue sauces. Lefty knew these creations were something special.

Today in Waldorf, Lefty continues to be active in his restaurant which also offers catering services.  For manufacturing, he enjoys cold calling prospects and attending foodshows. Along with his wife and daughter, LaTanya, they strive to provide quality products that brings a little piece of their family’s culture to your family’s kitchen.

Bennie Lee Nash