NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Carey Bringle’s family settled in Tennessee in 1827, and for most of his life, he’s enjoyed a Tennessee tradition: barbecue.
After years of competing in contests and bottling his own sauces, his barbecue creations have a home.
Things move fast during lunch time at Peg Leg Porker. It’s a business years in the making for Bringle.
“I had small children at the time and my wife told me back then if I opened a restaurant, she was probably going to leave me!” he told News 2.
Bringle is the owner and namesake of Peg Leg Porker, which boasts a unique and personal name.
“I lost my leg to osteogenic sarcoma bone cancer when I was 17, and I always kind of took it in stride. It never really bothered me that much and we’ve always had a sense of humor about it. That’s kind of where the name came from. I literally am the peg leg porker,” he explained.
Bringle says barbecue has been in his blood since he was a kid, and it’s that background that forms the taste you find in his special sauces.
“The tastes we’ve formulated in our sauces come from what I was familiar with as a child. That was all West Tennessee style barbecue,” he said.
The restaurant opened 2 years ago in Nashville, but you can get a taste of it even if you don’t live in town. Peg Leg bottles its special sauce and even its own bourbon.
For Erin and Jim Fezell, self-proclaimed pork connoisseurs, this is what’s it’s all about.
“There’s something about it that’s just so different,” said Jim Fezell, who says you can taste the smoke flavor instantly.
When you visit the Peg Leg Porker restaurant at 903 Gleaves Street in Nashville, you’ll notice old photographs blown up and hanging on the walls. They’re all pictures of Bringle’s family growing up in Tennessee.
They’re open Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.