It’s official. Nashville has emerged from the shadows of our friends to the West, and is currently sittin’ pretty atop many “best of” lists for BBQ. So why is Music City fast becoming just as beloved for cooking its drumsticks as it is for playing with them? The answer lies in these 11 amazing ‘cue spots...
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1. Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint3108 Belmont Blvd, Nashville
2. Jack's Bar-B-Que416 Broadway, Nashville
3. Hog Heaven115 27th Ave N, Nashville
4. Loveless Cafe8400 Highway 100, Nashville
5. Peg Leg Porker903 Gleaves St, Nashville
6. Edley's Bar-B-Que2706 12th Ave S, Nashville
7. B & C BBQ2617 Franklin Pike, Ste 112, Nashville
8. Smokin Thighs611 Wedgewood Ave, Nashville
9. Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant500 Church St, Nashville
10. Bar-B-Cutie501 Donelson Pike, Nashville
11. Butchertown Hall1416 4th Ave N, Nashville
This Belmont meatery does an array of BBQ deliciousness (brisket, turkey legs, fried bologna sandwiches, etc.), but its claim to fame is the classic pulled pork BBQ sandwich drenched in the Sweet Dixie Sauce. Martin's is definitely in the top ranks for the best BBQ in Nashville.
The godfather of BBQ in Nashville, Jack Cawthon opened Jack’s in 1976 overlooking the riverfront on Broadway and 1st Ave and they're still doing barbecue as good as ever, with tasty options like Tennessee pork shoulder, Texas brisket, smoked Boston turkey, and St. Louis ribs.
For more than 25 years, Hog Heaven has been serving pulled pork goodness (as well as pork, chicken, turkey, etc.) from a cinderblock hut next to Centennial Park. And if you want their signature taste, make sure you get your meat smothered in their famous Kickin' Chicken white BBQ sauce.
This legendary Highway 100 diner sets the standard for Southern homestyle fare, with loads of tantalizing standards like country ham, chicken biscuits, catfish, and pork chops. The restaurant has seen several different owners since it first opened in the 1950s, however, the top-secret biscuit recipe has stayed the same. Breakfast is the meal Loveless is most known for, but if you go for lunch or dinner, you can justify a pie tasting as the final course (we won't judge, though, should you order pie before noon). Visiting on a Saturday or Sunday? Prepare for a long wait; the best time to go is late morning during the week to avoid the weekend warriors, though you can always kill time in the general store.
Located just behind the Gulch, this Downtown resto has simple yet charming decor, a terrific patio for Summer nights, and a number of succulent BBQ items like their Memphis Sushi (a sausage and cheese platter on saltines), BBQ nachos, and the Yard bird Platter (half chicken and two sides).
Edley’s is the perfect combination of BBQ and the Southern tradition of meat and three. This spot makes just enough meat for the day and the brisket is first to go, thanks to their best-selling brisket sandwich with spicy pimento cheese, over-easy egg, and is drizzled in red and white sauce. Sides are also made daily, ranging from eight to 10 choices of secret, family recipes.
Bacon and Caviar (or B & C BBQ) began as a catering company where their smoked meats became the routinely requested encore, so they obliged and now have this location, as well as another, serving up tasty 'cue from pork to chicken to sammies and more.
They may have upgraded from a food truck to a store front, but nothing about the delicious barbecue at Smokin Thighs has changed. Be sure to wash down their delicious on the bone or boneless barbecue entrees with one of their moonshine cocktails. We are huge fans of their smoked applewood chicken thighs.
What started out as a grocery store in the '50s is now one of Downtown Nashville’s best restaurants. It is mostly well known for its breakfast, but you can also snag a quality lunch or dinner, with options ranging from steaks to chicken and waffles to burgers, salads, and more.
Bar-B-Cutie has been cooking up Tennessee's favorite barbecue since the 1940's. Not only do locals love their barbecue selection, but they love the Southern-style sides and banana pudding made fresh every day. We highly recommend the banana pudding if you are able to save room for dessert.
This new American spot has a beautiful interior and features a great beer garden with wood-fired and smoked menu items. They also have great brews and specialty cocktails. Both locals and tourists agree that if you are going to chow down on some barbecue in Nashville, Butchertown Hall is the best place to go.