BBQ, Bar-B-Que, Barbecue. No matter how you slice it, it’s a way of life here in Tennessee. This is a southern state that has is fair share of fantastic food and hospitable people, but when you join the two? Magic. Absolute culinary magic. Take a look!
PS? We consider all these meaty joints to be number one, so we’ve put this list together in no particular order. Tell us which one YOU think is the best in the comments below!
13) A&R Bar-B-Que
Considered to many the, “best bbq joint in Memphis,” A&R joins the Tennessee ranks as an awesome spot to grab some ribs. The decor may not be West Elm worthy, but the food will keep you stuffed and happy for sure.
12) Archer’s BBQ
Founded in 2010, Archer’s has since found itself to be a premier spot in Knoxville. Try the potato salad + the dry rub ribs – to die for.
11) Central BBQ
With a tagline that states, “go where the locals go,” Central is a neat place to run into some Memphis natives after taking in a Grizzlies game.
10) Dead End BBQ
This neat spot has a history that began as a group of neighborly southerners at the end of a dead end road, just lookin’ to share some vittles. It’s grown into two Nashville locations to feed that gnawing carnivorous craving of yours.
9) Hog Heaven
This may be a tiny hole in the wall in west Nashville, but Hog Heaven has some signature white sauce that is absolutely to DIE for. It’s located right next to Centennial Park, so you’re more than able to walk off that awesome meal and take in the Parthenon – you can even picnic, if you’re feeling up to it!
8) Interstate BBQ
This former grocery store creates a neat vibe when you’re eating those awesome ribs – we hear this smokehouse has some pretty fantastic pork ribs, too.
7) Jack’s BBQ
Jack Cawthon founded this multi-location bbq joint, and he is known as the, “Barbecue King of Nashville.” Don’t come during rush hour, though . Nashvillians love their Jack’s and sometimes you’ll find as many as forty to fifty people waiting in line. Worth it? Every minute.
6) Payne’s Original BBQ
Oh, Memphis. You really are the king of bbq, aren’t you? Payne’s is acclaimed for its smoked sausages and their to-die-for pulled pork sandwiches. Sign us up twice!
5) Porker’s BBQ
Chattanooga also has their own claim to Tennessee fame with Porker’s. Though the entire menu is awesome, the pulled pork stuffed potato comes in for the win. Have you tried it?!
4) Sticky Fingers
Another Chattanooga gem, try the hickory smoked wings! You can also get a family-style platter to go if you’d rather eat from the comfort of your home – even though this casual dining restaurant is pretty darn comfortable as it is, you know.
3) Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House
Sweet P’s BBQ
Just the name of this place sounds rockin’ awesome. You can catch a live music event while eating off of the coined paper plates and hanging out with the family. Sweet P’s keeps the frills down and the food good, which, we’d like to say, is absolutely perfect.
2) Top’s Bar-B-Q
The slow-cooked barbeque here has been perfected since 1952. Not only can you get a great plate of meat, but there are multiple locations in and around Memphis, so luck of the draw is you aren’t too far.
1) Whitt’s BBQ
Music City has done it again – the two Whitt’s locations serve as fuel for any true Nashvillian.