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Carl's Perfect Pig Celebrates 25 Years
On July 1st, 1988 Carl's Perfect Pig fired up the smoker and hasn't looked back. 25 years later, folks are still waiting in line to sample the amazing BBQ as well as a full menu of delicious Southern Style cuisine.
The Pig, as it's known by the locals in Dickson County, has been dishing up awesome southern country style pickin's since 1988 and owner, Carl Teiltloff says that he's planning on continuing to feed folks for years to come. Carl explains, “I had always dreamed of having my own BBQ place and being able to cook food the way I liked it. I figured folks would enjoy going to a place that's fun and casual, where we don't take ourselves too serious, but we do take our food serious, very serious.”
Carl grew up in Middle Tennessee and spent many years working in Texas. While in the Houston area he learned to appreciate the classic beef brisket that Texans love. Carl offers this on his menu, though to the dismay of some BBQ traditionalists. In Tennessee, pork is the only acceptable BBQ meat to some folks, but enough don't seem to mind and Carl serves up plenty of brisket through the course of a week. The Pig's mainstays are their famous St Louis cut pork ribs (meatier than baby backs), pulled pork and of course beef brisket. Carl uses a secret recipe BBQ sauce that comes in either mild or spicy. The side dishes at The Pig include all the Southern favorites including hush puppies, corn cakes, baked beans, coleslaw, pickled cucumber and onion salad and more.
Most people go to Carl's for his BBQ ribs but the regulars who are lucky enough to live close by have discovered many hidden treasures on the menu. One of locals who had just sat down had this to say, “I usually stop in at the Pig for lunch during the week when it's not so crowded. The Pig is known for BBQ ribs but I really like the catfish. If a buddy gets a slab though, I will usually bum at least one rib off him.” He continued, "When my wife comes, she always get the fried chicken sandwich with Swiss cheese, onions and mild BBQ sauce. It so good I almost never get a bite of that." One of Carl's servers has a moment and confesses, “I seriously love everything on the menu, and I'm not just sayin' that because I work here. When people ask what's good? or what do I recommend? I tell them to get whatever they feel like, it's all so good.”
Carl says “I don't skimp on my ingredients and even though my food prices have been going up I will not compromise the quality of what we offer. People have a choice when they think about where to go to eat, in Nashville and even here in Dickson County there are all kinds of restaurants, BBQ joints, fast food places, diners you name it, so why are they going to drive out the White Bluff and eat at The Perfect Pig? The food has to be better than just good, and you can't cook great food with mediocre ingredients. We pay more, but we know that our customers have an expectation, and no matter how many times someone comes here to eat, I know that we'll set down a plate of great food for them.”
Over the years Carl's Perfect Pig has garnered the attention of major media outlets including: The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair and Harper's Bazaar. Closer to home, The Tennessean newspaper and the Tennessee Vacation Guide have run articles about The Pig and the Tennessee Crossroads television show, produced by Nashville Public Television, has featured the restaurant.
For more information about Carl's Perfect Pig please visit: http://www.carlsperfectpig.com