With my work day done and a few hours to spare before heading to the airport, it was time for some dinner. I could have hit up Nashville’s well known hot chicken scene or settled for some home cooking. But I wanted one last taste (at least for this trip) of Tennessee style pulled pork. I had tweeted TM BBQ Daniel Vaughn earlier who said after Martin’s BBQ, I should try Peg Leg Porker BBQ. Low and behold it was on my way to the airport. Peg Leg Porker is a really cool restaurant started by a competition team near downtown Nashville. The team is a well known in the KCBS world, especially in the SouthEast. So I had to stop by and try a sandwich on my way back home.
Their pulled pork sandwich was solid. The tender pulled pork had a great hint of smoke and crust from the bark. It was accentuated well by their tangy house sauce. When I grabbed my order at the window, the cashier suggested I try their spicy sauce. I grabbed a bit of that and ran my sandwich through it. WOW. Their spicy sauce had a great kick that resonated on the tongue.
The biggest surprise was the sides. When I asked what their best side was, the cashier said the smoked green beans. They smoke…..smoke their green beans with bacon and onions for a tasty variation on classic green beans. They did not disappoint. The smokey flesh really enhanced the green beans in a way that I would have never believed. They were fantastic and one of the best things I ate on the trip to TN.
All in all the food at Peg Leg Porker was great. I felt the pulled pork at Martin’s BBQ was slightly smokier and seemed to have a bit more moisture. But I certainly was not let down by Peg Leg. Its worth a visit again the next time I am in Nashville.
F – 3
V – 3
R – 3
Peg Leg Porker was part of a TMBBQ Tennessee by Texas Monthly BBQ Editor Daniel Vaughn.