With deep-seated roots in the West Tennessee BBQ culture, Carey developed an appreciation for BBQ at a young age. Having parents who grew up in Memphis, it was inevitable. To say that his family had a passion for it is an understatement. Carey’s Grandfather, Dr. Carey Bringle Sr., grew up in Covington, TN where you will still find “Bringle” road . He delivered the children of many of the BBQ families in West TN. His Grandmother, Eva Gene, or “E.G.” as they called her would send him articles when he was in college about BBQ restaurants and the Memphis In May cook-off. When he was growing up, E.G. would take him to her favorite BBQ places in Memphis or on the way down to their cabin at Pickwick Lake. At a very young age, Carey’s Uncle Bruce taught him how to smoke a turkey that Carey would put against any you’ll find anywhere. He always knew he would cook BBQ.
His Mother’s side of the family was also passionate about BBQ. His Grandmother, Gangi and Grandfather, Jack were excellent cooks and Jack taught him all about using hickory and the great flavor that it imparted to the food he made. Jack also cooked the best Burger over hickory that you have ever had. For all practical purposes it was more of a smoked burger than a grilled one.
At age 17 Carey’s life changed. He was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma an aggressive bone cancer. He went through 8 months of intensive Chemo Therapy and lost his right leg. After winning a hard-fought battle with the overwhelming support of friends and family, he emerged with a more positive outlook on life, realizing that every day brought a new adventure, opportunity for new experiences, and—most importantly—a chance to eat more great food. It is this zest for life, positive attitude and sense of humor that Carey Bringle shares with you in his signature “Peg Leg Porker” brand of sauces and rubs.
Peg Leg Porkers BBQ Team