If you go to Nashville, Tennessee, and don’t have barbecue at least once you are surly missing out. There are a lot of places to choose from so the competition is amazing and each restaurant has to be on their best in order to survive.
Peg Leg Porker is located in The Gulch, Downtown. As a family operated and owned business, they love to not only see the success of their restaurant, but the success of their restaurant as well.
Owners Carey and Delaniah Bringle opened Peg Leg Porker restaurant in 2013 after ten successful years as caterers. Winning numerous awards over the past several years has been one of their proudest accomplishments. Some of their awards are Southern Living’s Great BBQ Bucket List, the Thrillist Best BBQ in America and Foursquare 15 Best Restaurants in Nashville, TN.
Peg Leg Porker has started their own Podcast “Live From BS Corner”. They feature a different guest with each Podcast and talk about anything. One of their podcasts featured Belly Dec an Actor, award winning Producer and Restraunteur to discuss the opening of his new restaurant.
Peg Leg Porker has a solid following with over twelve-hundred positive web reviews.
Jacks Bar-B-Que in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee is a very popular joint. It is a popular place for late night party goers who have been bar hopping. Their brisket just melts in your mouth and the ribs fall off the bone. Be sure to pick up some of their Jacks barbecue sauce. There are three locations so if you are the kind of person who does not like going downtown they do have two other locations.
Jacks Bar-B-Que is owned and operated by Jack himself. After Jack graduated from high school he dove into the restaurant business working his way to management in the Country Club scene. He ventured out on his own in 1976 to start his own catering business. His business quickly took off and he catered to some of the most powerful people in the area.
In 1980 Jack got the restaurant bug. He saw that Nashville was weak in really good barbecue restaurants, so he did some traveling and studying on cooking great barbecue and brought his first Jacks Bar-b-que restaurant to Nashville in 1989. The restaurant was a combination of recipes from Texas and Tennessee. He brought beef brisket to Nashville and started to work on his special barbecue sauces.
Jacks Bar-B-Que opened a second restaurant in 1990 on Trinity Lane. Their third location opened in 2013. Jack must have a major following to open three restaurants. Their customer rant about them on the web giving them over a four-star rating.
The Gambling Stick is in East Nashville, Tennessee in the Porter Road Butcher shop. Using only the finest cuts of meats their criteria is to make sure their meat is pasture-raised with no antibiotics and hormones.
The Gambling Stick is the baby of Matt Russo. He chose the name after an old Appalachian name for the stick that a pig is hung from his heals. They used the word “gambling” because they never knew if the stick would be strong enough to hold the pig before the butcher was able to cut it up.
Matt started moonlighting smoking meat and serving it up for lunch and dinner in the parking lot of Porter Road Butcher. Eventually his customer base grew so pig they had to add a dining area with some picnic tables. They have also put in a canvas cover for the colder months with a wood stove to keep their clientele warm and dry.
Matt has brought such a flare to Nashville’s barbecue scene. He got rave reviews from one of Nashville’s pickiest barbecue critic. He has also gotten great reviews on the internet.
Barbecue restaurants use solid fuels to cook their meat. An example of a solid fuel is wood and wood is what is used in many barbecue restaurants like hickory. According to the National Fire Protection Association Code 96, commercial restaurants should have a thorough hood cleaning done once a month. Next time you are in one of these restaurants, ask the owner/manager to see their hood cleaning certificate by Nashville Hood Cleaning Pros. They take pride in service Nashville and surrounding areas with a team of professionals who are trained, certified and bonded to do hood cleaning.