Nashville takes inspiration from its neighbor, Memphis, and for good reason.
Smack in the middle of Tennessee, Nashville has become a destination for many things, however, in our opinion BBQ is not one of them. With that being said, the booming music city is not without its fair share of choices for BBQ that would rival most places West of Texas. But this is the South, so the standards are much different here. BBQ is a way of life, a religion if you will, and for the people that create it, it’s a devout ritual, filling the public’s stomach’s with regional pride. Unfortunately, from what I’ve discovered, Nashville BBQ doesn’t have this type of identity, but it’s neighbor Memphis, on the other hand, is one of the Kings of BBQ, so why not draw some inspiration from them. Both Martin’s BBQ Joint and Peg Leg Porker share the same West Tennesseean whole hog discipleship and to give one of them favor over the other would really be splitting hairs, so we’re not gonna do it. Let’s just enjoy both of them for what they are.
Martin’s BBQ Joint
With humble beginnings in Nolensville, Martin’s BBQ Joint keeps their whole hog barbecue front and center while still offering an array of other equally delicious options to keep your pallet on edge. The Redneck Taco is definitely a treat using their signature hoecake as the tortilla topped with your favorite meat, slaw, and barbecue sauce. Dare to try the barbecue bologna sandwich if your feeling adventurous, or stick with some baby backs, you really can’t go wrong here. Aside from the food, their downtown location is sprawling with multiple bars, darts, ping-pong, shuffleboard, and great blues music feeding through every room. Martin’s BBQ Joint is really a one stop shop for amazing West Tennessee BBQ and good times.
For prices, full menu, and locations visit Martin’s BBQ Joint’s official website.
Peg Leg Porker
Pit master Carey Bringle has been in the barbecue circuit almost as long as I’ve been alive, his family’s smoking roots go back much longer. His restaurant shortly followed when he started branding his own sauces and rubs in 2013, and in just these few short years, he has been showered with accolades from influencers all around. Peg Leg Porker keeps their menu is short and sweet, focusing on just the bird and the swine, but there are a couple of curve balls thrown in for fun. Definitely check out the Memphis sushi, cream cheese and pepper jelly, and Kool-Aid pickles to bring some offbeat essence with your ribs. You can also check social media for when they announce their whole hog being smoked on the front patio.
For prices, full menu, and operating hours visit Peg Leg Porker’s official website.
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