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TV's 'Food Paradise' Filming At Just Q'in BBQ

Courtesy Just Q'in BBQ
A Just Q'in BBQ employee shreds meat in the Walnut Hills restaurant.

Walnut Hills' Just Q'in BBQ – whose motto is "Faith. Love. BBQ." – is getting some national love from cable TV's Food Paradise series.

The restaurant at 975 E. McMillan St. was closed Monday so the Food Paradise crew can shoot the segment. That's the "private event" the restaurant referenced on its Facebook pageSunday in announcing the closure for Monday, May 17.

The Food Network website says that Food Paradise, which also airs on its sister Cooking Channel, features "all the must-see food spots across the country that offer one-of-a-kind" dining experiences "serving hefty plates of the country's tastiest, most mouth-watering and decadent meals."

Aerospace engineer Matt Cuff started Just Q'in BBQ as a weekend business in 2009 after he was transferred by GE to the Cincinnati area from South Carolina. The barbecue restaurant, catering business and food truck is now his full-time job.

“I started out to just serve the best food I could every day," Cuff said in a news release publicizing the taping. "We are so honored that Food Paradise has chosen to feature our BBQ on their program. It is a testament to our loyal guests and to our team that works so hard each day to bring the best BBQ to our community."

Cuff said a watch party will be announced when the episode premiere date is set.

Food Paradise debuted in 2007 on the Travel Channel. The one-hour show moved to the Cooking Channel in 2019 and Food Network in 2020. It no longer airs on the Travel Channel.  All three are owned by Discovery Inc., which today aquired WarnerMedia (CNN, TBS, TNT and the Warner Bros. studio) in a $43-billion deal with AT&T. 

Old Food Paradise episodes air Tuesday, May 18, on Food Network at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. It also airs Wednesday, May 19, on the Cooking Channel at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.