This time the victim is Carey Bringle, the Peg Leg Porker, whose custom-made mobile smoking trailer was stolen from his home in Forest Hills yesterday some time during the day. Bringle uses this rig for competitive cooking, including last weekend's Music City Festival and BBQ Championship, where his cook team won the "Grand Ole Porker Award" as best local team. He also uses the trailer for catering and drags it to charity events all over the region to take the Peg Leg brand of barbecue on the road.
Twitter blew up last night with reports of sightings, including a sighting of a white SUV carrying at least three white males on Highway 96 heading south. Another tip claimed to have seen it in Eagleville, Tenn., at about 2 p.m. on 41A going toward Shelbyville.
It takes a low kind of thief to rip off a part of a man's livelihood, and Bringle is beloved on the barbecue circuit, so lots of eyes are peeled for this particular trailer. Unfortunately, the fact that it is a mobile rig makes it easy to move and hide it, despite the fact that the trailer is more than 20 feet long.
Here's hoping that Carey sees the quick return of his property before some punk cuts it up into scrap metal. Too much great pork has emerged from that smoker for it to deserve such an inglorious fate. If you see it or have any information, call the Peg Leg Porker restaurant at (615) 829-6023 or email Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm guessing there might be pulled shoulder sandwiches for a year for anyone who helps out with the recovery.