Pitmaster Carey Bringle’s family settled in Covington, Tennessee way back in 1827, and to say that his family had a passion for BBQ is an understatement. A Nashville native with deep-seated roots in West Tennessee BBQ culture, Carey developed an appreciation for ‘Que at a young age. In fact, Carey was raised on iconic West Tennessee BBQ. His Grandfather, Dr. Carey Bringle, Sr., grew up cooking hogs, and as an adult, Dr. Bringle delivered the children of many of the famous barbeque families in West Tennessee. Carey still remembers family gatherings at places like Bozo’s Hot Pit Bar B-Q, Lewis’ Store, and Leonard’s Pit Barbecue. There is no getting around it, smoke is in his veins.
At 17, Carey was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer. After months of intensive chemotherapy Carey lost his right leg, but he emerged from that experience with a new perspective and outlook on life, realizing that every day brings new adventures, new experiences, and another chance to enjoy great food. Now his zest for life and sense of humor is reflected in his signature “Peg Leg Porker” brand.
Carey was mentored in competitive barbecuing by his uncle, Bruce Bringle, who competed in the very first Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in 1976. Today, Carey has demonstrated his talents in the “super bowl of swine” for more than 25 years.
In 2016, Carey’s Peg Leg Porker Team won 3rd Place in World in the Whole Hog Category at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. And with his former team, Hog Wild, Carey took 2nd Place on three separate occasions.
Peg Leg Porker opened in Nashville in 2013 to offer his award-winning BBQ, Peg Leg Porker sauces and rubs, a new line of professional-grade home smokers, and two Peg Leg Porker Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskies. In early 2016, Carey’s 8-year old Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey won a prestigious Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits competition. In June 2016, Peg Leg Porker was named Best Dry Ribs in America by Eater National. Additionally, Tripping.com released their Best BBQ Joints in Each State, naming Peg Leg Porker for Tennessee’s top-pick. The Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern named Peg Leg Porker one of America’s Top BBQ Spots in 2016, only 11 restaurants were chosen.
Carey has been featured in dozens of national TV shows, including the Food Network’s Chopped Grill Masters, Guilty Pleasures, Burgers, Brew & Que, The Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America, BBQ Crawl, and Food Paradise, and Hungry Brothers on TLC.
Carey has cooked at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City with James Beard Best Chef in the Southeast Tandy Wilson and returned in December 2016 to cook with
Beard Finalists Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman.
Each year Carey is a featured chef at Hogs for the Cause, an annual fundraising barbecue competition and music festival in New Orleans that raises money for families with children fighting pediatric brain cancer.