I was groomed for competitive barbecuing by my uncle, Bruce Bringle, who competed in the very first Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
. Bruce used to tell me stories about that cook-off and the fellow from
Missouri that drank all night and caught his hog on fire so bad that
the fire department came and hosed it down.
In 1991 I attended my first Memphis in May World BBQ Cook-off with my
Girlfriend, now wife, Delaniah and her Cousins, the Wenzlers. I was a
guest of the “Rolling Wonder Pigs”. Man what a year. I had an absolute
blast. Little did we all know that it would be the last year of the
Rolling Wonder Pigs. RWPRIP…..Seems we got a little out of hand that
year. Memphis in May had a problem with some of the signage that a 7
year old boy in our booth was holding up asking women to show off
various anatomical assets. I was hooked….
The team regrouped in 1993 under the new name of “Hog Wild” and under
the leadership of Ernie Mellor and Tripp Murray. I joined the team that
year. In 1995, my close friend and now Co-Captain, Dave Johnson joined
Hog Wild with me and we cooked with those guys until 2003.
Around 1997, there was a cook-off scheduled in Nashville. I had been
speaking with my close friend Shane Smith about the event and he really
wanted us all to enter. It was different than Dave and I had done
because it was KCBS rules. We had no cooker of our own but all wanted
to compete. I had been working on a dry rub and thinking of a name. We
met the organizer, Arlie Bragg and asked him about entering. He had a
cooker but as the organizer couldn’t compete. We asked if we could use
his cooker and he said yes. We were in……. The Peg Leg Porkers were
born…..we had a little too much to drink at that competition, nearly
got kicked out 3 times and did horribly but had a blast in Shane’s
Dad’s RV, pissing off our neighbors who were only there to cook and not
In Memphis, Dave and I still continued to cook with Hog Wild.
It wasn’t until 2004 that we broke off and reformed the Peg Leg Porkers
to compete in the Memphis in May World BBQ cookoff. By this time, I had
my Dry Seasoning bottled and Wet Sauce on the way.
Over the years, I had been speaking with potential sponsors. Most were
people that I had done business with in a past life. I told them that
we would eventually form a team and would like their help. They were
all in. We started with an impressive stable of support. Lobel’s of New York for Meat, Woodsmoke Provisions for Seafood, and Master Graphics for our shirts and hats. We have since added Jim Beam Black . I honestly believe that we have the best sponsors any team could ask for.
2007 was our fourth year competing as the Peg Leg Porkers. We finished
18th in shoulders, 4th in Beef and 7th in Hot wings. It was great year
by every measure. We had great parties, a great new sound system and
produced the best pork yet. Our 35 members come from all walks of life
and get along great. Everyone seems to have found their niche and
contributes in one way or another. Dave and I are proud to lead such a
Check out my blog as well as some of our team members' blogs
Peg Leg Porker Blog
Martin's BBQ Joint - Pat Martin's Blog