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The South is known for many foods, from fried chicken and sweet potato pie to casseroles and fried okra. But a favorite in the South is juicy barbecue. Whether it’s dry-rubbed ribs or saucy pulled pork shoulder, barbecue is piled high in the restaurants of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. If you’re looking for a hearty barbecue meal in the Smokies – with heaps of mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and vegetables on the side, check out this abbreviated list of where to get the best BBQ in the Smokies.
Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que | 714 Big River Rd | Gatlinburg
The hickory-smoked bar-b-que at Bennett’s is a local favorite, smoked for up to 14 hours to get the most flavor. Sauces are served on the side, with everything from sweet to spicy. Start off with wings, fried pickles, and stuffed mushrooms before filling up on beef brisket, bar-b-que chicken, hog legs, burnt ends, pulled pork sandwiches, and baby back ribs. For sides, choose macaroni and cheese, potato salad, green beans, deep-fried corn, coleslaw, fries, or bar-b-que beans. For dessert, there’s home-baked cobbler, chocolate cake, or pecan pie. Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que also offers catering for 30+, or you can get your meals to-go to enjoy back at the cabin.
Delauder’s BBQ | 1875 East Parkway | Gatlinburg
Delauder’s BBQ serves up homemade meals with the motto “We feed people like you are family.” From the loaded baked potato and Holy Bologna sandwich (with fried bologna and barbecue) to the loaded nachos and hearty rib dinner, this local barbecue joint is all about serving food they love.
Boss Hogg’s BBQ Shack | 1198 Wears Valley Rd | Pigeon Forge
Boss Hogg’s BBQ Shack is a locally owned and operated BBQ restaurant in Pigeon Forge offers quick meals, carryout, and BBQ by the pound for feeding a group. They serve the classics – ribs and pulled pork sandwiches to brisket and BBQ chicken – along with sides like coleslaw, green beans, baked beans, and potato salad. If you want to take it back to the cabin, grab brisket by the pound, a rack of ribs, or pork by the pound.
Calhoun’s | 2532 Parkway, Pigeon Forge | 1004 Parkway, Gatlinburg
With locations in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Calhoun’s is a must-stop for many looking for barbecue in the Smokies. They have much more besides barbecue, but some barbecue favorites include hickory-smoked ribs, pork plates, and smoked chicken. How do they get their great taste? Slow smoking meats over split-seasoned hickory logs. They also have an impressive list of sides, from baked cinnamon apples, homemade mashed potatoes, and Spinach Maria to Tennessee Corn Puddin’, macaroni and cheese, and fresh veggies.
Three Jimmy’s Restaurant | 1359 E Parkway | Gatlinburg
Hickory-smoked pulled pork, smoked chicken and sausage, barbecue ribs, maple bourbon chicken, and open-faced smoked turkey are just a few of the favorites at Three Jimmy’s. They have all the classic barbecue sides, along with plenty of drinks, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and desserts.
Buddy’s Bar-B-Q | 705 Winfield Dunn Parkway | Sevierville
Offering delivery for events and large groups, Buddy’s Bar-B-Q has everything from sandwiches to family packs. Green beans, baked beans, potato salad, slaw, corn, hushpuppies, and French fries come alongside pork and chicken barbecue sandwiches, family packs that feed 5 or 10, Hawg Back potatoes, and smoked wings.
JT Hannah’s Kitchen | 3214 Parkway | Pigeon Forge
JT Hannah’s Kitchen has burgers, steaks, sandwiches, and seafood, but they also have you covered if you’re hunting for barbecue in the Smokies. Their award-winning St. Louis spare ribs are a favorite, and you can get them served up with onion rings, a loaded baked potato, mashed potatoes, waffle-cut sweet potato fries, and more. Finish the meal with their Big Orange Soak (pound cake with caramel and mandarin oranges), Great Grandma Emm’s Outrageous Mountain Mudd Cake, Mama Laura’s Famous Strawberry Short Cake, or their Ice Cream Sandwich with warm chocolate chip cookies, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and vanilla bean ice cream.
Trotter’s Whole Hog BBQ, located in the downtown Historic District of Sevierville, Tennessee, was created to define East Tennessee in the world of whole hog barbeque and to establish roots for this cooking style.
The hogs will be cooked whole, low and slow. The process begins with the hog belly down while being smoked for several hours then flipped and mopped with the house made sorghum sauce. One of Rule’s main focuses is on the smoke, as his method will implore a distinct smoky flavor that is not to be mistaken.
You can enjoy Trotter’s Whole Hog BBQ at 127 Bruce Street in downtown Sevierville.
Bones BBQ Joint
Bones BBQ Joint is rooted in the regional bbq traditions found throughout the American south. First and foremost, they slowly smoke all their meats on local oak and hickory woods. Ribs are dry rubbed as they do in Memphis; and then smoked and basted. Pork shoulders are meltingly tender just like whole hogs in the Carolina’s. Briskets are carefully trimmed, seasoned with only salt and freshly ground black pepper, just like they do across the state of Texas.
The Hippie BBQ and Grill
The Hippie BBQ and Grill is a family and friend oriented restaurant that is a 1970s themed Sports Bar selling BBQ, Burgers and Wings. Here, we value peace, love and BBQ! Everyone is friends at the Hippie!
611 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862
Bustin’ Butts BBQ
Bustin’ Butts BBQ is your source for tasty smoked barbecue in Sevierville & Newport, TN. They offer call-ahead pickup and have an outdoor picnic area if you’d like to dine outdoors.
Whether you’re looking for ribs, pork, brisket, or chicken, Bustin’ Butts has you covered. They also offer smoked turkeys and hams during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.
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