Judd grew up in up state New York. He started helping his mom in the kitchen at an early age and quickly found a passion for cooking. It wasn’t until 2000 that he fell in love with the art of barbecue. He competed in multiple barbecue competitions before moving to Atlanta in 2001. Being in the south, he began to learn and practice traditional southern barbecue techniques. He prides himself in being self taught. In 2014 he met Kate, who is from Atlanta and therefore was basically born with a love for barbecue. Together, they decided that his passion should extend further than their own kitchen. Soon after their wedding in 2015, South Of Heaven BBQ was born! Judd and Kate focused on catering in the Atlanta area as well as setting up shop at local breweries and festivals. In January 2017 the Fosters added a new member to the SOH family. Their son, Charlie. Also in 2017, South of Heaven was named “Best Caterer in Atlanta” in Creative Loafing. Flash forward to January 2018, they decided it was time to take the leap. In May they opened the doors to their first brick and mortar. A small hole in the wall attached to a laundromat in Carrollton, GA which they quickly outgrew. Shortly after, they were named “Best Barbecue” in creative loafing.
“We are so excited to be located in Carrollton’s historic Maple Street Mansion! And we can’t wait to see where else this journey takes us. Until then, let’s eat!”