By Jessy Yancey
Where do you think serves up the best barbecue in Tennessee? Here are five of our favorite BBQ restaurants in the state:
Larry’s Bar-B-Q at the Wagon in Decherd: Known for its mustard slaw, this restaurant off of I-24 near Winchester, sandwiched between a Shell station and a strip mall, is a cross between a country barbecue joint and a cozy café.
Big Ed’s BBQ in Red Boiling Springs: Off the beaten path in a sleepy Macon County town, Big Ed’s smokes its pork to perfection. Order the shoulder sandwich, but you should probably ask for your “dip” – hot sauce – on the side.
Martin’s BBQ Joint in Nolensville: Fans of the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives will recognize the redneck taco at this rural Williamson County eatery. It’s a cornbread pancake, smothered in pulled pork, slaw and Martin’s sweet barbecue sauce. You can try it with brisket, too.
Ridgewood BBQ in Bluff City: Foodies come from miles around to enjoy one-of-a-kind barbecue from a family that cares about maintaining the restaurant’s original charm. Ridgewood’s signature BBQ dish is pit-cooked with a heavy-smoked taste, then sliced thin and piled on platters or massive sandwiches with a tangy sauce.
Bozo’s Hot Pit Bar-B-Q in Mason: Located on Highway 70 between Memphis and Brownsville, Bozo’s is the place to go for tender, juicy ribs on Friday or Saturday nights, with sweet slaw and baked beans on the side.
Is your favorite barbecue restaurant not on the list? Let us know in the comments which BBQ hot spot we should hit up next!