2019-05-03 BBQ Critics Need to Chill Out

Nashville's Peg Leg Porker makes some great cue. Their pulled pork and wings are fantastic, and pitmaster Carey Bringle's Memphis-style dry ribs are a huge draw, garnering mentions in national publications including USA Today and Eater.com. Some even say his ribs are the best in the nation. (Try our Last Meal Ribs before you decide.) A few years ago, Travel+Leisure also mentioned Peg Leg Porker when they dubbed Nashville the #1 BBQ city in America.  

Well, that kind of talk makes Carey Bringle bristle. Criticism in the barbecue world can get pretty controversial with editors creating lists of the "best" ribs or "best" pulled pork, and pitting pitmasters against each other. Bringle's take on all this? Chill out. As he wisely explains, comparing wildly different BBQ from different places and different pitmasters is just plain wrongheaded. There is no single "best" BBQ. The truth? There are different BBQ styles and they all have merit. "BBQ is something that should bring people together," as Bringle says, "not tear them apart." Amen. Get the full story here.

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