The Best BBQ Restaurants in Nashville, TN

Get out your bib and tie up your hair: It’s time to pig out on some BBQ. Nashville is known for its southern cooking and that includes dishes piled high with barbecued meat, cornbread, baked beans and coleslaw. Nashville is the place to get the best BBQ. Here are some restaurants to sample on your Nashville vacation.

Hog Heaven

The smell of hickory smoked pork and chicken permeates the air at this takeout style BBQ joint. Hog Heaven has been featured several times on The Food Network. They’re famous for their kickin chicken white BBQ sauce. You can order smoked meats including chicken, pork, beef, and turkey by the pound or plates with a side of their pancake style cornbread.

Peg Leg Porker

This place is a fried food and BBQ paradise. The restaurant, owned by award winning BBQ master Carey Bringle, has been featured on Bizarre Foods America, Chopped Grill Masters, Cooking with Paula Dean Magazine, Hungry Brothers and BBQ Crawl. Their kitchen features their award winning smoked meats, mac n cheese, beans, coleslaw, BBQ nachos, fried pies and Memphis sushi. Relax on their patio that overlooks downtown Nashville with a bucket of beer.

Edley’s Bar-B-Que

With four locations in the area, Edley’s is Nashville’s spot for good BBQ and good times. They’re all about southern hospitality from the minute you walk in the door and old family recipes. Their unique menu features more than just BBQ meats. You can get brisket, catfish, wings, chicken, and rib platters with an array of southern sides. You can also taste their unique taco selection, banana pudding, and sandwiches.

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Their owner Pat is all about serving fresh food, even if that means running out everyday. They smoke whole hogs and never use a microwave or freezer when preparing your food. The BBQ joint has been featured in several Tennessee magazines, Men’s Journal, Esquire and Good Morning America. Their famous dishes include the redneck taco, BBQ meat trays, wings and pecan pie.

Jack’s Bar-B-Que

Jack Cawthon has been crafting this restaurant’s award-winning sauces since the 70s. What started as a catering business has now become three locations and a Nashville staple. Their menu includes favorites like Texas beef brisket, Tennessee pork shoulder, smoked sausage, and classic southern sides like coleslaw, potato salad, corn and baked beans. Their sauce has won first place for Best Sauce on the Planet in the American Royal Barbeque Sauce Contest. It’s also one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite places for ribs.

Make sure to squeeze in one or all of these BBQ joints to really experience the Nashville BBQ culture. If you’re looking for a place to stay for your Nashville vacation, Playlist Properties provides luxury rentals in the heart of Nashville.

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