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To close out the first day of the Cochon Heritage BBQ in Memphis, we hosted a late-night bourbon and fried chicken party on Friday at the Court Square Center on. The event pulled many of the weekend’s participating chefs like Ed Lee and Jamie Bissonnette, who joined to toast National Bourbon Month (which began promptly at 12:00 a.m. — September 1). Three-finger shots of Eagle Rare were circulated to the 150 guests to mark the occasion. Fact: If you’re going to shoot brown at the end of a long day, you better make it good. Check back tomorrow morning when we bring you complete coverage from Memphis, including a hang with bacon god Allan Benton, an epic 10-restuarant bbq crawl and results from the 12-team BBQ competition.

Food Republic hosted a Midnight party and bourbon toast.

The crowd enjoyed fried chicken and oysters from Hog Wild BBQ.

The late-night party was held at Court Square Center.

Cochon founder Brady Lowe pouring shots like the boss host he is.

A mixologist from Joe’s Liquor Store.

See you next year!