[UPDATED EVEN MORE] Country Music Television Artists of the Year Sing for Their Supper

The view flying into Nashville, TN.

UPDATE: The event was a great success!  Made some new friends and put out some killer food.  All photos are now up from our trip here.  CMT has posted video from behind-the-scenes here.  AOL Slashfood’s post is here, and Esquire here. We can’t wait to get back to Nashville again, and hope to welcome the gracious folks we met in the world of country to our home in Miami soon.

This Friday (Dec. 3) at 8/7c., Country Music Television (CMT) will air its Artists of the Year Awards, a night of performances and tributes – your basic awards show fare celebrating country music’s best of 2010. Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, the Zac Brown Band, Kid Rock, Maroon 5 (performing a cover of Taylor Swift’s Mine,) and friends will all be there.

Ready for a rub-down, Michael's brined brisket dries out in the walk-in at our catering facility the Chef's Market.

As if the field wasn’t dreamy enough, Kevin Costner will host as Michael joins fellow James Beard Award-winning chefs RJ Cooper (defeated on Iron Chef America last night, but in the most noble of fashions to newcomer Marc Forgione) and John Currence to present the star-studded event’s dinner.

Tomorrow night the broadcast will be taped, and we arrived in Nashville today to begin prepping bourbon barrel bung-smoked brisket for Michael’s course. Tonya from CMT had been holding onto the bungs for us for a couple weeks now.  She just had to brag on our last conference call that her office took on the pleasant scent of Eau du Maker’s Mark!  We were all jealous.

Make it at home with the following recipe, and stay tuned for photos and video as I document the trip’s proceedings.

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