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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Nana’s Southern Gumbo

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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

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 at the ready!

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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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Nana’s Southern Gumbo

We prepared this gumbo on our Pass It On show, because it is a generational favorite that dates back to Ginas Nana. Nana made it for G...

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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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Southern Red Velvet Cake

Gina Red Velvet Cake is beloved throughout the South. Its sweet and moist, with a deep-crimson hue that comes from the addition of red ...

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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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Grilled Shrimp, Scallion, and Bacon Quesadillas with Smoky Guacamole

Gina: Just a few minutes on a hot grill will give shrimp and scallions a wonderful charred, smoky flavor, making an incredible filling fo...

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Smoky Guacamole

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

Gina: Ours is a spinach salad with some serious attitude. In addition to the bacon and creamy blue-cheese dressing, we add sweetened peca...

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Spiced Pecans

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Gina’s Collard Greens

Gina: I’m always surprised to discover that folks in these parts tend to cook turnip and mustard greens more often than collard greens. I...

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Spicy Salmon with Mustard and Brown Sugar Glaze

Gina: It’s happening to all of us: we’re getting older. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are foods we can eat that have i...

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Spicy Fried Chicken

Pat: When I was growing up in the South, there were “soul food” restaurants on every comer. I mean every comer. And there was one entrée ...

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Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf

Gina: This recipe came from my fabulous “girlfriend” D’Won (every girl needs a D’Won in her circle). D’Won is a huge turkey-lover, an ama...

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Memphis-Style Barbecued Pork Ribs

Pat: Our first taste of national recognition came in 1997, when our pork ribs were voted “the best ribs in Memphis” by the local media. A...

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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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Sweet and Tangy Pork Chops

Tony: 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 p...

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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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Sock-It-to-Me Cake

Gina: This is Momma Neely’s calling card (and when Momma Neely comes calling, people answer). It’s a traditional Southern butter cake fil...

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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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