About Us

The Pig Bar-B-Q is a 4th generation family run business.

E.S. Murdock

E.S. Murdock started “The Pig” in 1955 on Kings Road in Jacksonville, Florida. Eventually he operated several stores throughout the Jacksonville area and Waycross, Georgia. We currently have 5 locations in and around Jacksonville.

Our original restaurants focused solely on serving award-winning barbecue. In the early 1960’s, a friend of E.S. Murdock’s in the commercial fishing industry inspired the decision to add a selection of seafood to our menu. E.S. Murdock then opened up “The Pig Seafood” on Lem Turner Road. This was the first store to concentrate on seafood AND classic southern barbecue. While barbecue will always be our specialty, you can find an assortment of delicious seafood at all locations!

Country superstars Tim McGraw, Tommy Overstreet and Jimmy Crawford of the Kitty Wells Band used to visit The Pig. In fact, one of Tim McGraw’s first paying gigs was at the old Emerson St. location! Other notable customers rumored to frequent The Pig include former Mayor Jake Godbold, music sensation Lou Bega, Wayne and Deloris Weaver (Go Jags!), and boxing great Larry Holmes… who have you spotted at The Pig?

Stop by any of the The Pig locations to enjoy delicious food at one of the best barbecue restaurants in Jacksonville! Our goal is to blend great taste, reasonable prices and southern hospitality into something the whole family enjoys. We have been a local fixture in the community when it comes to Jacksonville restaurants for 6 decades! Whether it has been a while since your last visit or you are trying us for the first time… thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you.