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Posted on 4/18/2022

5 of the Best BBQ Restaurants in Gatlinburg


1. Bennett’s Pit BBQ

Smoked for up to 14 hours, the meats at Bennett’s stay moist. This popular restaurant dishes up appetizers like hickory-smoked wings and deep-fried deviled eggs. Sandwiches include pork BBQ, fried catfish, burgers, smoked sausage, and BBQ chicken. Bennett’s platters feature sides like spicy mac and cheese, deep-fried corn, or BBQ beans.

2. Delauder’s BBQ

You’ve got to love a local favorite that proudly calls itself a “dive”! You’ll want to dive right into the pulled pork platters or sandwiches, Smoky Mountain Nachos, or a loaded baked potato with cheese, home-cooked baked beans, and smoky pork slathered on top. Try the fried okra for a true Southern taste!

3. Bones BBQ Joint

Bones BBQ Joint is all about America’s BBQ traditions. Bones gives ribs a Memphis-style dry rub, while pork shoulder gets basted and smoked like in the Carolinas. Texas-style brisket takes salt and fresh-ground pepper. Smoked brisket chili is a specialty. Bones prepares coleslaw and potato salad fresh daily and cooks soups and baked beans from scratch.

4. Hungry Bear BBQ

A short drive from downtown Gatlinburg, on the edge of the national park, Hungry Bear BBQ tackles all appetites! Follow the irresistible scent of the smokers to find pulled pork, beef brisket, sausage, ribs, and specials like the hearty four-meat combo platter. Hungry Bear sells picnic packs you can enjoy in your Gatlinburg cabin, too.

5. Calhoun’s

Look for the mountain lodge in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg–that’s Calhoun’s, where prize-winning BBQ and ribs share the menu with steaks, chops, and burgers. Hickory-smoked chicken and pork nestle next to sides like sweet potato fries, Smoky Mountain baked beans, and Tennessee corn pudding. Order wings with five sauces to choose from. Grab a Family Feed Pack for a picnic.

Stay in a Gatlinburg rental cabin and you’re so close, you can try all five of these joints during your stay!  Browse our vacation cabins now.
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