Peg Leg Porker

One of the best

Of its barbecue, Peg Leg Porker’s boasts, “It doesn’t get any better than this, except maybe your Grandmama’s house.”

Dry-rub ribs are the star, and for good reason. They’re tender and flavorful, with a rich crust and pink, smoky meat. The 16-ingredient rub tastes of chili and paprika, with no sugar and not a lot of salt; it’s rubbed on after the pork emerges from the smoker, and is a dry version of Carey’s excellent barbecue sauce, which we immediately bought upon tasting. It’s smoky and slightly spicy, a middle-of-the-road consistency that doesn’t drown the meat but rather accentuates its flavors. You don’t need it, but will want it anyway. Ribs and sauce are a win-win.

The pulled pork sandwich is also a treat, served with coleslaw and sauce, smushed between a huge brioche bun. I often find that the pork overwhelms such a sandwich, or there’s simply not enough, but the ratio here is spot-on, and the combo of sweet, salty, soft, crunchy, and tender make for a delicious sandwich.

Nachos are piled high with pulled pork and spicy pickled jalapeños, then drizzled with a creamy nacho cheese. We also got the crunchy-but-not-too-salty pork rinds and the smoked yardbird platter. The latter is huge, with a similar rub as the ribs, and served with a side of Casey’s award-winning mayo-based white Alabama sauce.

Far from an afterthought, sides are excellent sidekicks to all the barbecue. They include vinegar green beans, creamy mac ‘n’ cheese shells, sweet-and-savory baked beans, and a fairly simple potato salad.

There’s a nice outdoor area should you want to eat under twinkle lights, and an expansive indoor cafeteria with views of BBQ competition awards, family photos, and plaques. There’s even a display case with one of pitmaster Carey Bringle’s eponymous prostheses. (Carey lost his leg to cancer at age 17; hence the restaurant’s name.)

Carey recently debuted a limited-release Tennessee straight bourbon whiskey that flew off the shelves. What better to sip with Peg Leg barbecue than Peg Leg bourbon?

What to Eat
Peg Leg Porker, Dry-Rubbed Ribs, Mac ‘n’ Cheese, & Green Beans
Dry-Rubbed Ribs, Mac ‘n’ Cheese, & Green Beans
Dry-rubbed ribs smoked to fall-off-the-bone perfection.
Peg Leg Porker, BBQ Nachos
BBQ Nachos
Tasty pulled pork goes perfectly with spicy jalapeños and creamy nacho cheese.
Peg Leg Porker, Pork Rinds
Pork Rinds
Crispy pork rinds are seasoned well.
Peg Leg Porker, Yardbird Platter
Yardbird Platter
The dry-rubbed chicken is served with potato salad and Casey's award-winning Alabama sauce (not pictured).
Peg Leg Porker, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
The pulled pork sandwich, with a soft bun, crunchy coleslaw, and tangy BBQ sauce.
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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