Friday, April 19, 2013

Peg Leg Porker Barbecue Joint Opening Soon in the Gulch

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM

The outdoor barbecue pit under construction on the patio of the upcoming Peg Leg Porker restaurant.
  • The outdoor barbecue pit under construction on the patio of the upcoming Peg Leg Porker restaurant.
Local pitmaster Carey Bringle, nationally known for his barbecue business Peg Leg Porker, is poised to open a bricks-and-mortar barbecue restaurant on Gleaves Street just off The Gulch.

The Peg Leg Porker restaurant will focus, quite fittingly, on pork. “We’re not one of these places trying to serve barbecue from every region,” Bringle said. “It’s the barbecue native to Tennessee.” So don’t expect a heap of Texas-style beef brisket, at least not at first.

Bringle is a well-known character in Nashville and beyond. He has appeared on two TV shows: Chopped Grill Masters and BBQ Pitmasters. His company’s name is also memorable: “Peg Leg” refers to the fact that Bringle lost a leg to cancer as a teen, and he has a sense of humor about it. (The company logo depicts a happy, robust pig with a wooden leg worthy of a pirate.)

A native of West Tennessee, Bringle grew up in a barbecue-centered family and has competed at the Memphis in May cook-off 23 times. He also sells barbecue sauces and rubs. His Peg Leg Porker Memphis Wet Sauce was named the No. 2 barbecue sauce in the country by Bon Appetit magazine.

The restaurant fills a former commercial building on Gleaves near 10th Avenue, which puts it a block or so behind Pine Street Flats, a luxury apartment development in the Gulch. Bringle said a lighted path will allow folks to walk easily from the Gulch to his joint.

As for the menu, Bringle said side dishes will be traditional, like baked beans and cole slaw, but he’ll also feature seasonal side dishes. He’s aiming to serve both beer and liquor once the permits are secured. The restaurant will also have a patio with its own special shrine: a 25-foot barbecue pit, Bringle said.

The Peg Leg Porker, 903 Gleaves St., is expected to open in the next two or three weeks. Follow Peg Leg Porker on Facebook for updates.

A version of this story appeared in my Food Biz column in last week's print issue of The City Paper and online in the Nashville Pos.

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