Wake up to this crazy good Goo Goo barbecue biscuit from Holler & Dash

For Nashville chef Brandon Frohne, it doesn't get much more Southern than biscuits and barbecue and, oh yeah, Goo Goo Clusters.

So Frohne, the culinary director for the Holler & Dash Biscuit House chain, has created a new biscuit sandwich that he calls the Goo Goo Q, which make its debut this Saturday, March 11, at the original Holler & Dash in Homewood.

The Goo Goo Q features smoked chicken thighs doused in a Goo Goo Cluster barbecue sauce, topped with a buttermilk fennel coleslaw and served on a Holler & Dash signature biscuit.

Holler & Dash is offering the Goo Goo Q chicken biscuit for a limited time only as part of its one-year anniversary celebration.

"This was a fun biscuit to make," Frohne said in an interview at the Homewood restaurant Friday afternoon. "For Birmingham and the South in general, barbecue is a big part of our culture. So we knew we wanted to do something with a barbecue emphasis, but nothing I do is traditional."

So Frohne -- a fifth-generation chef who has cooked at the James Beard House and competed on the Food Network's "Chopped" -- came up with the idea of merging a traditional Southern barbecue sauce with a Mexican-inspired mole poblano.

The mole incorporates the chocolate and peanuts in a Goo Goo Cluster candy bar, a Southern favorite that has been made in Nashville since 1912.

"A mole poblano is almost like a barbecue sauce in a way, except with these amazing chiles and these amazing spices," Frohne said. "And you've got a little bit of chocolate and little bit of nuts.

"I thought, 'Let's take the parts that I love about a barbecue sauce and the parts that I love about a mole sauce and let's combine them and make a really interesting sauce.

"So this is a Goo Goo Cluster barbecue sauce, and I always say, if barbecue sauce and mole had a love affair, this sauce is like their child prodigy."

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Proceeds from Saturday's sales of the Goo Goo Q biscuit sandwich will benefit Birmingham's Jones Valley Teaching Farm.

"When we started the restaurant a year ago, we said we wanted to be involved in the community," Frohne said. "The things that Jones Valley Teaching Farm stresses -- the healthy eating initiatives and teaching students about their food sources -- that's everything that we believe in."

The Goo Goo Q biscuit sandwich sells for $8.50, and it will be available for the next 30 days. Frohne said. If it's a hit, it may become a permanent fixture on the Holler & Dash menu.

In addition to the new biscuit sandwich, Saturday's one-year anniversary celebration also will include random food giveaways, free Holler & Dash posters, a Goo Goo Cluster sampling station and a chance to win a biscuit-making class for four.

Developed by the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store chain, Holler & Dash Biscuit House opened its first location in Homewood on March 15, 2016. Since then, Holler & Dash has added locations in Tuscaloosa and in Celebration, Fla., and Brentwood, Tenn.

The original location is at 2801 18th St. South in downtown Homewood. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

For a full menu and more information about Holler & Dash Biscuit House, go here.

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