Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Peg Leg Porker

Peg Leg Porker, Nashville
Peg Leg Porker, Nashville
Brian, the barman at Merchants, recommended the Peg Leg Porker and we stopped by on our way out of Nashville to Memphis. Peg Leg Porker was a cinder block building on a street with an open pit on the front porch and the staff, all girls it would seem, in Daisy May cut off shorts and well worn cowboy boots. Drinks were offered immediately but we begrudgingly declined as we had a three-hours drive to Memphis ahead of us.

Still in search of better than average ribs, I again went for the half rack with smoked green beans and baked beans.  Sauces were on the table.

Finally, some great BBQ in Tennessee. The ribs were flavourful, tender and some decent smoke and a nice bark. The dry rub surprisingly lacking salt in my opinion. The smoked green beans contained some cured and/or smoked pork and the beans were the best I have had on this trip.

With Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker
With Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker

We were convinced to try a deep fried pie, a local delicacy we were told. The pie was similar to a large, flat calzone or empanada. We chose peach to balance out the iced tea. Once fried, it is topped with powdered sugar, which forms a lovely glaze. Watch out: it’s hot! Once cooled a bit, a lovely sensation that overcame us with tears and a yearning for the Minnesota State Fair. Tears were shed.

"Peg Leg" himself, Carey Bringle, was generous enough to spend some time with us chewing the fat, talking about barbecue, offering some insight and overall welcoming us into his world. Like so many others have done on this trip.  BIG THANKS goes out to Carey and his excellent team who made this a very exceptional afternoon.

It would be easy to go on, but I won't. Carey and the Peg Leg team have a great thing going and I would highly recommend a visit to their restaurant, Facebook page, website, YouTube channel and watch for them in competitions and on the TV. Finally, they have their own bourbon coming out soon so keep your eyes and mouths open.

903 Gleaves St. Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 829 6023

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