Gina Neely

Gina Neely
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Gina and Pat were high school sweethearts and reunited at their 10th high school reunion. They were married soon afterwards, in 1994.

Gina Neely
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Neely's Barbecue Seasoning

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Gina and her husband Patrick (Pat) Neely are co-owners of Neely's Bar-B-Que, a Memphis, Tennessee, family restaurant that is now one of the most successful barbecue restaurants in the South. The Neelys also host a Food Network show called  Network's Down Home with the Neelys.


The show premiered early in 2008 and became the highest-rated series debut in the five-year history of Food Network's "In the Kitchen" weekend block. It continues to enjoy top ratings.  The Neelys launched a second Food Network show in July 2008, Road Tasted with the Neelys, a cross-country search for specialty stores and family-run businesses that make hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind edibles. They just released their first cookbook titled Down Home with the Neelys.


The Neelys now have two locations in Memphis and one in Nashville. Additionally, they operate several concessions in the Memphis FedEx Forum and their products are sold online and in grocery stores nationwide.


Neely's Bar-B-Que was awarded the 2007 Business of the Year by Memphis MED-Week (Minority Enterprise Development) and a Blue Ribbon Small Business by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.


Gina manages the catering division of Neely's Bar-B-Que, which has expanded to more than 25 percent of the restaurant's total sales. She also oversees sales of all Neely's products including sauces, seasonings, shirts, hats, and aprons. Before joining her husband in the family business, Gina served as branch manager at National Bank of Commerce in Memphis and was an events coordinator for The Carter Malone Group, a local public relations firm.


Gina is a member of the Memphis Restaurant Association, on the steering committee for The Women's Empowerment Summit for the Memphis Housing Authority, and on the PTSA of Cordova High School. She is also a member of The Dreamers Club for the National Civil Rights Museum and an active member at Cummings Street Missionary Baptist Church where she serves in the Hospitality and Greeters ministries.


Gina and Patrick support Memphis youth by sponsoring 25 children to attend NBA Memphis Grizzlies home games. They are long-time supporters of Melrose High School, Central High School athletics and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Basketball Tournament.


The Neelys have appeared on Food Network's Paula's Home Cooking, Paula's Party, Road Tasted, hosted by Jamie and Bobby Deen, BBQ With Bobby Flay, and several Food Network holiday specials.


They live in Memphis with their two daughters. Their website is




Latest Recipes

Southern Red Velvet Cake

When it comes to special desserts, the Southern Red Velvet Cake is in a class of its own. With this recipe, you'll make the classic Southern cake completely from scratch. How's that for impressing family and friends? The decadent dessert might get the spotlight on Valentine's Day, but we're confident that your special someone will appreciate a homemade Southern red velvet cake from you just about any day of the year. This dessert will make a stunning addition to any potluck, family party, or casual dinner with friends on your social calendar. You can assemble this layered cake in advance of your event, too.

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Nana’s Southern Gumbo

If you're looking for a Southern recipe that will quickly become part of your family's favorite dinners, then this recipe for Nana's Southern Gumbo is it! Filled with an assortment of vegetables, plus ham, chicken, and seafood, this easy gumbo recipe hits all the right notes. It's hearty and filling, and also includes a medley of flavors that everyone is sure to love. This recipe for Southern gumbo is also easy to make, so consider cooking a pot of gumbo for dinners this week.

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Neely's Barbecue Seasoning

In the South, we have a tradition of ushering recipes from era to era and family to family. Secret sauces are passed down from generation...

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Sweet and Tangy Pork Chops

One of the most important skills for any grill master is knowing when a cut of meat is cooked to the desired temperature. This is particularly important when it comes to pork chops, because they can dry out quickly if theyre overcooked.

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Memphis-Style Barbecued Pork Ribs

Our first taste of national recognition came in 1997, when our pork ribs were voted the best ribs in Memphis by the local media. After the votes were cast, the Today show came calling.

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Spicy Salmon with Mustard and Brown Sugar Glaze

Its happening to all of us were getting older. Thats the bad news. The good news is that there are foods we can eat that have indisputable heath benefits, and salmon is one of them.

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Grilled Shrimp, Scallion, and Bacon Quesadillas with Smoky Guacamole

Just a few minutes on a hot grill will give shrimp and scallions a wonderful charred, smoky flavor, making an incredible filling for crisp and gooey quesadillas. The smoky flavor is echoed in the guacamole, which is made with chipotle peppers in adobo.

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Spicy Fried Chicken

When I was growing up in the South, there were soul food restaurants on every comer. I mean every comer. And there was one entre served in all those restaurants, and that, of course, was fried chicken.

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Gina’s Collard Greens

You may have had collard greens at a favorite restaurant or at a family member's house, but do you know how to prepare this delightful dish? In this recipe for Gina's Collard Greens, you'll discover how easy it is to make this Southern recipe so flavorful, as well as how to make collard greens tender and delicious to taste. The next time you have a ham hock at home, use it to make this easy recipe. You'll be glad you did!

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Pat's Wings of Fire with Horseradish Dipping Sauce

There's nothing quite like fried chicken wings to kick off a party or a big game. Pats Wings of Fire with Horseradish Dipping Sauce are spicy and bold, with a tried-and-true seasoning that puts other chicken wings recipes to shame. The horseradish dipping sauce adds a whole new level of kick to these hot wings make sure you have a cold drink, like a glass of milk, at the ready!

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Spinach Salad with Bacon, Blue Cheese, Pecans, and Cranberries

An understated spinach salad with cranberries is one thing, but what about a spinach salad that features an assortment of flavors? In this recipe for Spinach Salad with Bacon, Blue Cheese, Pecans, and Cranberries, you'll create a salad that has some heat, as well as sharp and tart flavors. The result is a salad that's levels above a standard salad with lettuce, cucumber, and tomato.

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Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf

If you're looking for a new twist on an old favorite, then this recipe for Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf is it! Ground turkey is used in place of ground beef in this recipe. In addition, homemade barbecue sauce plays a starring role in this easy meatloaf recipe. You'll love that it is full of flavor and easy to make, too! After a long day of work and running errands, this meatloaf recipe is just what you need to get dinner on the table.

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Sock-It-to-Me Cake

If you've ever wanted to bake a cake that can be eaten morning, noon, and night, then this recipe for Sock-It-to-Me Cake is for you! This cake is popular in the South, and it's no surprise as to why. It features plenty of sugar and pecans in a moist cake. It is also a decadent way to complete just about any brunch or dinner. You can bring this cake to your next potluck or serve it at a family get-together, and it will be enjoyed by all. If you like to incorporate Southern-style recipes in your family's menus, then you'll definitely want this recipe up your sleeve.

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Crusty Cornbread

Pat A cast-iron skillet is, far and away, the best pan for cooking this cornbread. In fact, we dont prepare it in anything else. Prehea...

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Gina's Perfect Rice

Gina In the South, rice is an essential partner for roast pork or chicken, or anything with a tomatoey sauce or gravy, but even down her...

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Barbecued Chicken

What’s the secret to our barbecued chicken? We marinate it in Italian dressing! Then we cook it low and slow–that’s chicken with the Neel...

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Spiced Pecans

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Memphis Blues Burgers with Mustard Sauce

Pat: You can shape these burgers into four ¼-pound patties, but in Memphis, we shape them into mini-burgers so each person gets to eat tw...

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Smoky Guacamole

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Yeast Doughnuts with Maple Icing

Gina: Light, delicate, and full of flavor, homemade doughnuts are a true indulgence, one that’s worthy of a holiday, a birthday breakfast...

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Maple Icing

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