Tennessee’s Best BBQ

December 28, 2010

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

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 Barbecue - BBQ Restaurant in Bluff City, TN

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!

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  1. kenneth bland says:

    Try Shaffers Bar-B-Q, located north of Lawrenceburg on Highway #43.
    Texas style beef at its best outside of Texas. Their sliced beef sandwich
    is all that a person can handle. Try it with their regular Texas style BBQ
    sauce and you will not be disappointed.. Tender, juicy and tasty.

  2. Max says:

    Give Jack’s Bar B Que a try, Broadway in Nashville. The ribs are awesome!

  3. Jason Lewis says:

    Folks if you want some lip smacking country style BB-Q I give you 2 choices. For some real old timers bbq with an asian twist, well really the people who cook are at least. James at Excell BBQ located on hwy 12 in Clarksville Tn just outside town in Montgomery Co. Learned his firing skillls from a man by the name of Walter Dyce of the Fredonia Dyce family. And let me tell you the ribs are AWESOME,but bring some wet paper towels to really enjoy them. Freshly cooked on Fri,Sat.Sun,try it.. The next place is a little off the beaten path but don’t worry Mr. Robert’s got signs for those folk who are directionally challenged, anyway he’s in Thomasville Tn,in Cheatham Co. just over the Montgomery Co. line near the Robertson Co. line off Hwy 41-a or get off I-24 At the Maxey Rd. exit and go the gas station and they can tell you the way. They got this dish called the Wease Bowl it’s good ole white beans with BBQ and a good ole fashioned ho cake of cornbread on top, watch out! its good with a little sauce so try these two places you can’t go wrong

  4. Sandra Smith says:

    For some of the best ribs you will ever eat, head to the Cozy Corner in Memphis, home of the world’s best ribs!

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  6. Boo says:

    The Firehouse in Johnson City..Best BBQ around….

  7. Melinda says:

    Smokin’ Joes in Maryville, TN is awesome! Love their Sweet & Spicy sauce on a pulled pork sandwich! I’ve been to joints in Memphis and they just can’t compare to Mr. Joe Higgins bbq.

  8. David Felts says:

    There’s is a new place in Erin, Tn. called Papa’s. They are located directly across from Erin Elementary School on Hwy 13. Great bar b Q.!!!!