Perfection takes time. The secret… patience. At Woody’s Bar-B-Q, we take the art of BBQ quite seriously. That’s why every day for nearly four decades, we’ve been slow-cooking our BBQ for hours on end to deliver that signature fall-off-the-bone tenderness and melt-in-your-mouth smoky flavor to every patron, every time. Rather than cut corners, we regularly slice into perfectly prepared slabs of ribs, beef brisket, BBQ chicken, grilled prime rib, smoked pork and more, all featuring our iconic smoke ring with just the right amount of crispy charred bark.

The “Woody” in Woody’s Bar-B-Q is co-founder Woody Mills who – along with his partner, Yolanda Mills-Mawman – took a dog-eared collection of his mother’s recipes that grew from one BBQ restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida to a thriving network of locations throughout the Sunshine State and beyond – each with its own special hometown atmosphere. We invite you to pull up a chair and enjoy service founded in Southern Hospitality paired with a menu showcasing comfort food recipes that have stood the test of time.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q Mission Statement

“To serve our guests with the freshest, highest-quality food possible all while providing friendly service in a sparkling clean environment.”

Meet Grace

The Inspiration Behind Woody’s Bar-B-Q

As loving mother to four children, learning to be a good cook was not just a passion, but a necessity for Grace Mills. Having been involved in restaurants most of her life – two of them at prominent Jacksonville FL country clubs, she had many excellent mentors along the way. Grace passed that knowledge on to her sons and daughters – all of whom were cooking in their teens.

For her son, Woody, in particular – cooking came naturally. When he expressed a desire to open a BBQ restaurant, Grace didn’t hesitate to jump on board with him and co-founder, Yolanda. The three made quite a team, with Yolanda in the front of the house making guests feel welcome, Grace and Woody headed up the back of the house, churning out recipes that quickly became fan favorites like squash, cole slaw, onion rings and banana pudding – all created by Grace. One BBQ restaurant became two, then three, and then four before Grace left the kitchen for good – but not before leaving a lasting impression on the Woody’s Bar-B-Q brand. Grace is proud of the legacy she helped start with Yolanda and Woody, and particularly proud to see a third generation join the ranks.

Grace finds joy in the knowledge that countless friends and families gather together at Woody’s Bar-B-Q restaurants across the nation around recipes she penned nearly 40 years ago.