The Best Barbeque Restaurants in Tennessee

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Tennessee is a popular tourist destination, largely due to cities like Memphis and Nashville, which are both Meccas for music lovers. Nashville is the home of the iconic Grand Ole Opry; in Memphis, you'll find Beale Street, which features legendary blues and jazz venues. Other popular Tennessee attractions include the Great Smoky Mountains, Graceland, Audubon Park, and Mud Island River Park. But Tennessee is also known for its food--especially barbecue. Visitors to Tennessee can enjoy some great down-home cooking at a number of southern restaurants that specialize in barbecue.

Neely's Bar-B-Que Restaurant

  • The Neely brothers have been serving barbecue in Memphis since 1988, starting with just a few tables, chairs and one barbecue pit. Since then they have expanded to a second location, and debuted on the Food Network with "Down Home with the Neeleys" and "Road Tasted with the Neeleys." Diners at Neely's Bar-B-Que can enjoy favorites such as barbecue sandwiches served with slaw, barbecue ribs, barbecue chicken and hot wings, as well as barbecue nachos, barbecue baked potatoes, barbecue spaghetti with fresh bread and barbecue salads. Neely's also offers an extensive dessert menu that includes pecan pie, peach cobbler and "Sock it to me" cake. The restaurant is open seven days a week and serves both lunch and dinner. Catering is also available.

    Neely's Bar-B-Que Restaurant
    670 Jefferson Ave.
    Memphis, TN 38109
    901-521-9798
    neelysbbq.com

Interstate Bar-B-Q

  • Interstate Bar-B-Q can be found in the heart of Memphis and offers a large selection of items including pork and beef ribs, barbecue chicken dinners, smoked turkey dinners, sampler platters and combination platters. All dinners are served with slaw, beans or potato salad and desserts are also offered, including apple or peach cobbler, pecan pie and sweet potato pie. Interstate Bar-B-Q also offers a wide variety of barbecue sandwiches served with french fries or onion rings, family packages and a child's menu. Catering is also available as well as overnight delivery.

    Interstate Bar-B-Q
    2265 S 3rd St.
    Memphis, TN 38109
    901-775-2304
    interstatebarbecue.com

Jack's Bar-B-Que

  • Jack's Bar-B-Que restaurant in Nashville has been dubbed "the best barbecue in Nashville" by USA Today and the New York Times. The business is owned and operated by Jack Cawthon, the reigning "barbecue king of Nashville" and has been serving residents and visitors alike since 1976. Customers can choose from Tennessee pork shoulder, Texas beef brisket, smoked turkey breast, smoked Texas sausage, St. Louis-style pork ribs and smoked chicken. Family packages are also offered as well as a variety of side dishes including chips, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, green beans and apples. Jack's Bar-B-Que also serves desserts such as chocolate fudge pie and chess pie. The restaurant is open seven days a week and serves both lunch and dinner.

    Jack's Bar-B-Que
    416 Broadway
    Nashville, TN 37201
    615-254-5715
    jacksbarbque.com

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