Pat Neely , @patneelybbqking
Pat Neely, the BBQ King, was introduced to the culinary world at the age of 11 in his mother’s kitchen and by grilling on the backporch with his grandfathers. By the age of 15, he was working in his uncle’s BBQ restaurant in Memphis, TN. It was at that point he fell in love with the art of preparing delicious meals.
By the time he was 23, Pat opened his first restaurant, Neely’s BBQ, which started a long and successful career as a restaurateur. Over the years, Pat would open three more restaurants, run 7 concessions in the Memphis NBA arena and operate a location in the Nashville Airport. In 2011, he and his partners opened Neely’s Barbecue Parlor in New York City.
In 2007, Food Network invited Pat to co-host his own nationally televised TV show, “Down Home with the Neelys.” The show was an immediate success becoming the highest rate debuting program in Food Network’s “In the Kitchen” block. With a hit show under his belt, Pat soon moved to prime time by co-hosting “ Road Tasted with the Neelys.”
Success in television brought Pat a passionate fan base offered Pat the opportunity to share his experiences and recipes by with three successful cookbooks: “Down Home with the Neelys,” “The Neely’s Celebration Cookbook” and “Back Home with the Neelys.”
Pat’s amazing journey has allowed him to perform live cooking demonstrations before thousands of fans around the country, to speak on topics such as family, entrepreneurship and mentoring and, best of all, to share his life stories with the hope of inspiring others to reach out and work to achieve their own dreams.
When Pat isn’t on the road sharing his food and his messages, you can find him grilling great recipes at home or enjoying a round on the golf course.