Barbecue Restaurants in Nashville

Smoked goodness in Music City. 

Martin's BBQ Joint

Chicken, ribs, turkey, pork, and beef - Nashville barbecue has something for every taste. Follow that mouth-watering smell to some of Music City's best barbecue joints. 

Acme Feed & Seed

Downtown - Broadway
Acme Feed & Seed creates a uniquely ‘Nashville’ atmosphere that honors the unparalleled character of the city’s past, present and future. Their menu features classic southern cuisine with a section dedicated to barbecue. You can't go wrong with either their pulled pork Beer Belly Tacos or their Heaven-Lee Ribs. 

B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant

Downtown - 2nd Avenue
At B.B. King's on 2nd Avenue in Downtown Nashville, you can enjoy signature dishes like the made-from-scratch seafood gumbo, famous fried pickles, smoked barbeque ribs, and chicken fried chicken served on a bed of white cheddar mac n cheese. You can pair your meal with a signature cocktail, craft beer, or glass of wine. Bring the kids, because B.B. King's is open to all ages. With live music every night, this is a great spot for a delicious meal and some quality entertainment for the whole family.


Multiple Locations
Airport/ Donelson 615-872-0207
Nashville/ Brentwood 615-834-6556
Locally owned and operated since 1950, Bar-B-Cutie is a true Nashville original barbecue restaurant and catering tradition. Everything is made fresh, in-house daily. Specializing in hickory smoked BBQ pork, brisket, mesquite chicken and baby back ribs with many homemade sides to choose from, including real whipped potatoes, turnip greens, green beans, cut off the cob corn, coleslaw and many more. Can't leave Nashville until you've tried 'Cutie favorites, like banana pudding, fried pickles, brisket nachos, BBQ on fried cornbread and Southern sweet tea.

Corky's Ribs & BBQ

100 Franklin Road (Brentwood, TN)
Corky's aims to serve the finest Memphis-style hickory smoked ribs, hand-pulled & falling off the bone tender BBQ with an array of starters, sides, and desserts. The world-famous Corky's BBQ sauce and dry rub makes every bite remind you of what great ribs and BBQ are supposed to taste like. 

Edley's Bar-B-Que

East Nashville
Sylvan Park
Edley’s Bar-B-Que unites the Nashville tradition of meat & three restaurants with the best barbecue this side of the Mississippi. The fast casual eatery serves smoked pork, chicken, turkey, brisket, ribs, and wings, as well as fried shrimp and catfish sandwiches. They smoke their meats low and slow and only serve meat that was smoked that day, so you know it’s fresh. Southern sides are prepared fresh daily with special sides according to the season. Edley's has indoor and patio seating, multiple HDTVs, and a full premium bar.

Hugh Baby's

West Nashville
West End
Hugh Baby's is owned by Pitmaster Pat Martin (of Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint), so you know it's going to be good. Hugh Baby's focuses on simple, authentic, and fresh food. Choose between one of the four BBQ sandwiches, pair with fries and a milkshake, and you're on your way to a great day.

Jack's Bar B Que

Downtown - Lower Broadway
Proudly serving barbeque from "Pit to Plate". You can dine on Tennessee pork shoulder, Texas beef brisket, smoked turkey, Texas sausage, St. Louis ribs, smoked chicken, and all the other favorites, including a ton of delicious sides to go with your barbeque. Follow your nose to any of their three locations - downtown on Lower Broad, Trinity Lane, and Charlotte Avenue.

Martin's BBQ Joint

Belmont/ Hillsboro
Mt. Juliet
Owner Patrick Martin incorporates the art of West Tennessee whole hog BBQ at his award winning restaurant, Martin's BBQ Joint. Martin's has been featured on The Food Network and was named by Bon Appetit as one of America's "Top 10 New Barbecue Restaurants”.

Mission BBQ

Opryland/Music Valley
Mission BBQ seeks to serve delicious, authentic BBQ to all their guests while giving back to those who protect our country through various fundraising efforts. All menu items are homemade and handcrafted, and highlights include North Carolina pulled pork, Texas inspired brisket, ribs, and jalapeño & cheese sausage. 

Peg Leg Porker BBQ

The Gulch
Peg Leg Porker is old school BBQ. There's a great patio to enjoy the downtown view and there's a plain but soulful interior for you inside. Pulled pork, yard bird (chicken), dry ribs, wet ribs, wings, pimento cheese, bbq nachos, smoked green beans, bbq beans, mac and cheese and anything else that you could want from a barbecue joint can be ordered at Peg Leg Porker.

Puckett's Grocery

Downtown - North of Broadway
Family-owned and operated Southern meat & three serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with live music Monday-Saturday. Cherry smoked pork can be tasted on a plate, a sandwich, a slider, or in a burrito. Smoked chicken, dry ribs, and fried chicken are other favorites. Don't miss the chalkboard - specials change each day.

Redneck Riviera Bar & BBQ

Downtown - Lower Broadway
Enjoy three levels of good music, good food, and good times at John Rich's Redneck Riviera. Menu choices include BBQ nachos, sandwiches, plates, and more.

Rippy's Smokin' Bar & Grill

Downtown - Lower Broadway
Whether you're into live music with your meal, the sports game on the big screen, or great people-watching from the rooftop patio on Lower Broad, Rippy's can accommodate. Pulled pork, pulled chicken, ribs, catfish, chili with corn cakes, fried pickles, wings, baked beans, and pecan pie are some of the highlights of Rippy's menu.

The Row Kitchen & Pub

West End/Vanderbilt/Midtown
A rustic ambiance, live music, outdoor patio, free parking and close proximity to Downtown Nashville make The Row a perfect destination to dine and relax.

Scoreboard Bar and Grill

Opryland/Music Valley
Scoreboard Bar and Grill, a smoked bbq restaurant located across from the the Opryland Hotel, is one of Nashville's greatest traditions. Famous for being featured on the Food Network for having Nashville's Best Ribs and Hot Chicken, Scoreboard is always a great choice for kicking back and watching the game or catering your tailgating events. Providing a great patio atmosphere with live music and bike nights, Scoreboard is a good choice for every diner.

Wildhorse Saloon

Downtown - 2nd Avenue
The Wildhorse Saloon is a proud winner of multiple awards from both regional and national competitions. Known for our Southern barbecue, juicy steaks and famous fried pickles, the Wildhorse Saloon also offers up the best in private parties and off-site catering. Servicing more than 2500 parties annually, our catering staff specializes in making every event top notch. From backyard barbecues to the most elegant dinner, the sky is the limit with the Wildhorse Saloon.

That's not all. See below for some more Nashville restaurants serving barbecue:
Drifters BBQ

East Nashville
Drifters is a family friendly non-smoking bar and restaurant serving fresh Tex-Mex and BBQ.

Famous Dave's

Airport Donelson
Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Barbecue features award-winning, hickory-smoked meats served fresh from smokers daily. St. Louis-style spare ribs, Texas beef brisket, Georgia chopped pork and more. Five different regional sauces are featured. There are also homemade side dishes and fresh-made desserts, along with crispy salads, chunky soups and more. Restaurants feature dine in, curbside take out and catering.

Hog Heaven


West End/Vanderbilt
Located right next to Centennial Park, Hog Heaven is in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. World Famous for "Kickin' Chicken" white bbq sauce, Hog Heaven has been serving Nashville hickory smoked barbecue for over 25 years. Hog Heaven has also been featured on Food Network's "Best Thing I Ever Ate" in 2010 and "Best Of Street Vendors" in 2004. The outdoor seating and take-out style restaurant lets you enjoy the beauty of the park and smell of the hickory wood burning on the smoker. A souvenir hat or shirt and a bottle of your favorite sauce are also available to take home as bragging rights to friends and family.

Swett's Restaurant & Smokehouse Barbecue

West Nashville
From smokehouse barbeque to beef ribs, Swett's has something for everyone. This three generation family owned restaurant specializes in casual dining with Southern style home cooking served cafeteria style. Private/group dining is available as well as catering.

Whitt's Barbecue

Whitt's Barbecue, a Nashville tradition since 1978, is slow cooked the old-fashioned way; cooked 24 hours with hickory smoke. Whether it's barbecued pork, turkey, or ribs you are hungry for, Whitt's has it. Whitt's has been voted "Best of Nashville" in the prestigious Nashville Scene every year since they started the contest in 1988.