Communal Table Podcast: Carey Bringle

Pitmaster Carey Bringle talks pursuing passion, using humor, and kicking ass with one leg.

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Episode 23: Carey Bringle

Carey Bringle developed his penchant for smoked pig pretty early on, following in the hoofprints of his uncle Bruce who competed in the first Memphis In May barbecue contest. He realized he could turn his passion into his profession, and opened up Peg Leg Porker (a nod to the limb he lost to cancer as a teenager) as a restaurant, then extended his entrepreneurial spirit over into, well, spirits with Peg Leg Porker bourbon. Bringle opened up about his path to the pit, how physical challenges inform his approach to hospitality, and how a busy restaurateur can keep the home fires burning.

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