The Pitmaster of The Blue Pig, Kent, is an Upper Cumberland native & resident from Jackson County, a graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. His career as a humanitarian aid-worker took him back to Africa a number of times, most recently to Burundi in Central Africa where he served as the CEO of a local bank before he embarked on his career as restaurateur. Kent and his brother Jake traveled as explorers, missionaries, and humanitarian aid workers to many parts of the Americas, Africa, the Far East, the Middle East, the South Pacific, and Europe, discovering, among other things, that nothing captures the culture of a place quite like its food. As always in his journeys, Kent found himself in the kitchen usually with a fine bourbon or glass(es) of wine enjoying great food with friends.
See...BBQ is a story of heritage. Just as unique as any regional flare from Kansas City style, Carolina style, Texas style, Memphis style, or even Tompkinsville, KY style that he grew up on, the flavors of regional BBQ are as beautiful and unique to every location. The flavors experienced at The Blue Pig, however, will take you on an adventure to a unique, storied reflection of his global journey in learning about food and seeking out the best BBQ spices. From learning culinary skills from Turkey’s Top Chef, learning and sharing recipes in rural African/Asian villages, usually avoiding …driving around gunfights, or ha, even just missing ambushes by seconds to learn & enjoy food & wine, with it’s cheer, among friends the world over. In 2013, Kent started Bight of the Bend in Gainesboro, TN which eventually earned accolades from pitmasters, judges, and local newspapers. Today, Bight of the Bend has morphed into The Blue Pig to embrace all the barbecue favorites. BBQ made the traditional way using only the highest quality ingredients and caring for the local community.
Having been raised in the rural country-side and having experienced stressed ecological environments at home and abroad, The Blue Pig remains committed to sustainable business practices so our families can continue to have access to clean drinking water and enjoy our great outdoors for Hiking, Kayaking, Hunting & Fishing for years to come.