TripAdvisor named Tennessee the No. 1 state for barbecue in 2015; and for good cause. Our state is home to mouthwatering brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs and melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork. Hungry yet? Read further for your Tennessee barbecue check list. How many have you visited?
A&R Bar-B-Que – Memphis
Andrew and Rose Pollard's loyal followers are all about their rib tip and chopped beef sandwiches drizzled in tangy signature sauce. The Rib Tip Sandwich is grilled perfectly and topped with their signature barbecue sauce and slaw served on sliced bread. It's a Made in Tennessee taste of heaven.
Helen's Bar-B-Q – Brownsville
Follow the woody smoke to rural West Tennessee where you'll find Helen Turner laboring over juicy pork shoulder. She holds her own as one of the nation's few female pit cooks. See the process then taste the product with a succulent pork sandwich or ribs that will make you want to lick the plate clean.
Martin's Bar-B-Q Joint – Nolensville
Each day begins at 5 a.m. when the low ‘n slow, live-fire, whole-hog barbecue and sides are prepared from scratch. Order the Redneck Taco (pork, brisket, sausage, chicken, turkey or catfish on top of a cornbread hoe-cake with slaw and sauce) or a huge plate of barbecue with two sides, or the Big Momma Sampler (4 ribs, ¼ lb. of pork, ¼ of brisket and two sides). Be sure to visit all locations in Mt. Juliet, on Nashville's Belmont Boulevard, and a new downtown Nashville location opening July 19, 2016.
Peg Leg Porker – Nashville
The single-legged man behind the brand, pitmaster Carey Bringle brings legendary barbecue lineage to the table. From barbecue nachos to the Yard Bird Platter (half a chicken with two sides), you'll walk away from this establishment full of ‘que and planning your return.
Calhoun's Barbecue – Knoxville
Visit the original location (there are nine across East Tennessee) and dive into a slab of award-winning, hickory-smoked baby-back ribs. They also have Gluten Free options from salads to filet mignon and char-grilled shrimp skewers.
Sugar's Ribs – Chattanooga
Yes, the smoked spareribs are famously moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside, but you'd be remiss not to try the barbecue chicken. Pair the delicious meal with one of their special sides like cheesy Mac-n-Cheese, fire-roasted Corn on the Cobb, or that southern staple: wood-grilled okra.