Carey Bringle, the Peg Leg Porker, to Appear on Food Network's Chopped

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If you've ever attended a competitive barbecue event in Middle Tennessee or hung out at the Corner Pub in Green Hills, odds are you've met Carey Bringle. And if you've met him, you'll remember him. Known around the barbecue circuit as the Peg Leg Porker, Bringle is a gregarious one-legged man who I would never bet against in an ass-kicking contest. Perhaps you might remember when I reviewed his "Smoke Like a Pro BBQ Kit" here on Bites a couple of years ago.

Well, now the rest of the nation is gonna find out about him as he appears on a special episode of the Food Network's popular competition cooking show Chopped as part of a series of shows featuring grilling. The shows were filmed in the Sonoran desert at the the nostalgic Old Tucson Studios. Sixteen grill pros faced off in duels for judges Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Aarón Sánchez with a $50,000 grand prize on the line.

Like on the traditional version of the show, all the chefs were presented with a basket of mystery ingredients and asked to compose and cook innovative dishes. As if that wasn't enough to make you sweat, they were also working over a hot fire in the middle of the desert.

Bringle's episode is due to premiere on Sunday, July 29, at 8 p.m. Central time. Will he bring home the Peg Leg bacon? Will he figure out what to cook with prawns and chile taffy? You'll have to tune in to find out.

Whether he wins or loses on the tube, Bringle has won a pretty big prize in East Tennessee, where his line of barbecue sauces has just been introduced into nineteen Kroger stores. Already named a top sauce by Bon Appetit magazine, Bringle's sauces and rubs can be purchased from his website until the day (hopefully soon) when some local grocery stores pick him up.

So make us proud, Peg Leg!

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