Enjoy Mouthwatering BBQ at These Top Nashville Restaurants
The summer is always a perfect time to break out the grills and cook some delicious BBQ and ribs. But if you’re lucky enough to live in Nashville, you can enjoy savory BBQ dishes all year round thanks to the plethora of BBQ restaurants located around the city. From smoked ribs to pulled pork sandwiches, you are sure to find a satisfying meal that delights your taste buds. For your next meal out, check out these top 7 BBQ restaurants in Nashville.
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105 Mechanic St, Lynchburg
According to both Yelp and Buzzfeed, you can find the best grilled cheese sandwiches in Tennessee at Barrel House BBQ. The restaurant’s most popular item, the Grilled Cheese on Crack, is filled with pit-smoked pulled pork, Habanero sauce, and either American or Pepper Jack cheese. All of the restaurant’s meats are prepared in-house using its signature dry rub recipe. The pork butts, baby back ribs, chicken, and smoked sausage is all smoked for hours on the pit as well.
“The smoked sausage dog was huge. Waaaay bigger than I could have imagined. It comes with a sweet mustard and I added a little bbq sauce as well. It had the perfect snap you want in a sausage and it was perfectly Smokey.” - Yelp Review
1106 Jefferson St, Buena Vista
If you’re in the mood for some savory barbecue, you can’t go wrong with Mary’s Old Fashion Barbecue. Whether you are craving an order of short ribs, a BBQ pork sandwich, or a fish plate, Mary’s has everything you could ever want in a BBQ restaurant and more. Slices of whole chicken, polish sausage, and pig feet are also served at this popular restaurant. No matter what you pick, just make sure you save enough room for their mouthwatering peach cobbler or brownies.
“I got a pork shoulder sandwich, french fries, corn cakes. As for the pork shoulder sandwich, it came out very smokey (perfection!) tender, and flavorful: exactly what pork barbecue should look, taste, and smell like. The tangy orange-colored sauce wasn't what I was expecting for a Nashville barbecue restaurant, but boy, did it hit the spot.” - Yelp Review
2000 Meridian Blvd, Suite 100, Franklin
For BBQ that sways away from the traditional American hamburgers and ribs that you typically envision, stop by L&L Hawaiin Barbecue. For over 30 years, L&L has served some of the best Hawaiin barbecue in Nashville. The island platters, which are served with Hawaiin style macaroni salad and steamed rice, are sure to leave you filled and satisfied. Grilled BBQ chicken, kalbi short ribs, beef, and more are available as platters. Want a mixture of your favorite BBQ dishes? Try one of the combos, such as the sweet BB beef/grilled BBQ kalbi or the kalua pig/lau lau combo.
“The fries were good and could've been a meal by themselves. The sushi roll was good since I had a craving for spam. The barbecued mixed plate was off the chart. Especially the short ribs.” - Yelp Review
3108 Belmont Blvd, Belmont/Hillsboro
Located near Belmont University, Martin’s BBQ Joint offers a vibrant atmosphere accessible to both residents and visitors of Nashville. Every morning, the cooks come in at 5 AM to smoke an entire hog for 20 hours over coal and hickory chips. In addition to their BBQ selection, Martin’s also offers smoked wings, brisket, and pies. The fried chicken sandwich, pulled pork shoulder, spare ribs, and fried chicken tenders are some of the most popular menu items.
If you are still hungry enough for dessert at the end of the meal, you are in luck. Their pecan pie is sure to delight your taste buds and offer a solid finish to a savory and memorable meal.
“I really love everything here. My favorite is a tie between the brisket burger with cheese (just the right size meal - not too much, but plenty) and the beef brisket plate. I often get a double order of broccoli salad. And if I've got company, The family meals to go are perfect. Oh and don't forget to try the wings with Alabama Sauce!” - Yelp Review
903 Gleaves St, The Gulch, Downtown
Since 2013, the Peg Leg Porker has earned numerous awards and honors for its delicious BBQ. All of the meats are smoked fresh daily and the sides are all made from scratch as well. For bread and desserts, the Peg Leg Porker partners with local bakeries to offer sweet and unforgettable dishes. Couples and groups can share savory plates such as the BBQ nachos and kool-aid pickles before digging into their own delicious dishes. Dry ribs, pulled pork, BBQ sandwiches, and more await you at this popular BBQ restaurant.
“Good sauce, tender meat, and sides were fantastic. Highly recommend. My wife and I went heard today because of the great yelp reviews. There is a COVID scare right now and we feel comfortable seeing the hand sanitizers at the counter and every other table closed for social distancing. There was plenty of parking and the food was really good.” - Yelp Review
2706 12th Ave St, 12 South
Whether you are in the mood for some catfish tacos or a full rack of ribs, Edly’s Bar-B-Que offers everything you could want, and then some, in a BBQ restaurant. The Smoker Sampler is a popular option among groups and families. This hefty platter filled with smoked meats, sides, pickles, and cornbread can feed up to four people. Shareable dishes like the smoked wings and BBQ loaded fries are also perfect for small get-togethers and hangouts.
“I went with the Hot Chicken platter with the Mac and cheese (+1$) & banana pudding. The platter comes with cornbread which was very delicious. The chicken is VERY spicy it'll have you reaching for your drink, but it's soooooo good! The Mac and cheese was yummy & the banana bread had me doing my yummy yummy in my tummy dance.” - Yelp Review
237 4th Ave, Downtown
As the name implies, Khan’s Mongolian BBQ and Sushi offers a unique assortment of BBQ and sushi dishes. Its large sushi and barbecue platters are perfect for groups of friends and family members. Some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes include the Chicken Katsu, Sweet Potato Tempura, and Chicken Teriyaki. Its sushi and sashimi combos are also perfect for your next lunch or dinner outing.
“Rio is a master sushi chef trained in Miami. In a classic Omakase style.
With all the craziness going on we didn't expect much, but what we got was fantastic. Fresh Gulf trigger fish, Conch, Yellow fin tuna, Gulf mingo snapper, In my humble opinion, my friend Chef Rio provides the best Omakase experience in Nashville.” - Yelp Review
Nashville is a premier destination for enjoying savory BBQ dishes. Attempting to pick just one destination to go to is hard! What are your favorite restaurants in Nashville for BBQ? Let us know in the comments!