my TENNESSEE When Cookeville native MICHAEL MCDEARMAN was 7 years old, he was on his newspaper route when the sweet, smoky aromas of a nearby barbecue piqued his curiosity. It was coming from the yard of a competition barbecue cook, who showed McDearman a thing or two about cooking in the great outdoors. He’s been hooked ever since. Peg Leg Porker Barbecue, Nashville Today, this World Champion Coach, GrillMaster, author and TV personality is known as the “Busiest Man in Barbecue,” and it’s easy to see why: he’s touring all across the country at shows and events to share his tips. “It’s a matter of catching me at events where I’m going to demo or teach. I love teaching,” says McDearman. Sweet P’s Barbeque, Knoxville And it turns out, there’s a lot to learn about Tennessee barbecue styles. “You go over toward the Carolina-side of Tennessee and you’ll find tomato and vinegar-based sauces in the mountains; you go to West Tennessee, and you’re going to have the wet or dry ribs debate. And in Nashville, you’ve sort of got a culinary melting pot of barbecue right now. It’s a wonderful thing in Tennessee.” Visit tnvacation.com/barbecue.
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