Smoky and Savory: Nashville's Best Barbecue

10 Whitt's Barbeque
This family-run operations is a fave among Nashvillians. Whitt's is known to be the best barbecue in Music City and with the size of the lunch crowd that pulls in here daily, it's easy to see why. Voted "Best of Nashville" every year since 1988 in the Nashville Scene, Whitt's continuously delivers the best BBQ in town. The joint specializes in pork, but also serves up tasty (and smothered) helpings of beef, chicken and turkey. Warning: "hot" means "holy moly hot." Bring your appetite and prepare to leave satisfied. (615-331-5936)

9 Peg Leg Porker
The first thing one will notice about the Peg Leg Porker barbeque restaurant is its odd name, which derived from owner Carey Bringle who survived an aggressive form of bone cancer that took his right leg. This experience caused Carey to change his world outlook and seize every opportunity that he could. Having competed in many BBQ competitions in his life, he opened up Peg Leg Porker under the motto "Limpin' ain't easy" and the restaurant as taken off and gained national exposure. ((615) 829-6023)

8 Papa Turney's
Billed as the best kept secret in Nashville, Papa Turney's offers not only top of the line barbeque, but also other southern delicacies such as smoked catfish, chicken wings, and brisket. All of their ribs and barbeque are slow cooked over hickory wood fires and their kitchen staff is made up of some of the best in the business. Papa T's was first opened in the midst of the the 2009 recession and has gone on to thrive and establish itself as a must visit restaurant. (615-485-7502, 615-788-5000)

7 Slow and Low BBQ
The south is known for its unique cuisine and its strict adherence to the concept that the quality of the food is far more important than how fast you can make it. The Slow & Low BBQ Bistro is clearly fond of that idea and they slow cook their ribs and barbeque to perfection. Their menu is also rife with all of the southern dishes one could ask for: wings, fried chicken, burgers, and potato salad just to name a few selections. Slow & Low also now offer catering in addition to their sit-down and takeout options. ((615) 385-7800, (615) 881-2522)

6 Hog Heaven
In a shabby white shack behind McDonald's and facing Centennial Park, you'll find a great little barbecue joint. Unlike many Tennessee barbecue places, Hog Heaven offers not only pork, chicken, and ribs but also beef brisket and turkey, as well as a vegetable plate. To see what the place is all about, try a pulled pork plate with cornbread, black-eyed peas, turnip greens, and a BBQ pickle spear, followed by homemade peach or blackberry cobbler. (615-329-1234)

5 Smoke Et Al
Nashville is no stranger to great barbeque and Smoke Et Al intends to take this traditionally southern dish mobile. This food truck service utilizes twitter to tell its hungry patrons where they can find the mobile smokery. The service doesn't skimp on quality either. Fans rave about their brisket tacos, ribs, and fiddler's biscuits. Smoke Et Al can usually be found in downtown or near local outdoor events, so if you're looking for some great barbeque this mobile smoker could be right outside your office. (615-601-5993)

4 B&C Melrose BBQ
B&C Melrose BBQ, also known simply as Bacon & Caviar, is a gourmet barbeque and catering service located just south of downtown Nashville. Their menu changes with the seasons as they buy as many locally grown ingredients as possible. The staff are friendly and excel in making some of the finest southern food in all of Nashville, and their catering spares no expense in offering fantastic buffet-like dinners. ((615) 457-3473, (615) 770-0032)

3 Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q
This Birmingham-based barbecue chain is a big hit all over the south, so it's no surprise that Nashvillians love it too! Jim 'N Nicks features traditional barbecue and meat-and-three dishes like the pulled-pork sandwich and the smoked ham plate. "Trimmings" like mashed potatoes and Mac the Cheese ensure a filling meal. Known for their slow and low method, they pride themselves on making everything from scratch. Be sure to check out their Wednesday Pork and Grit's special, just be sure to save room for one of Mable's Homemade Pies! (615-352-5777)

2 Jack's Bar — B — Que
Nashville's only a few hours drive from Memphis, the home of BBQ, and at Jack's they're giving Elvis' hometown a run for their money. Award winning and finger-lickin', Jack's doesn't shy from sharing the secret to their success: After applying our dry rub (spices and herbs), meat is smoked for 18 hours at 250 degrees. "Pit to plate" we sliced and chopped before serving, you will notice a pink smoke ring. That's the real signature of hickory smoked barbeque. (615-254-5715, 615-726-2111)

1 Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
Featured on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives" program, Martin's BBQ Joint is one of the prime venues in the Nashville area's restaurant scene. This Nashville staple carries with it a down-to-earth mentality and a sense of dry humor that is shown throughout the restaurant's website. Martin's BBQ Joint even caters with a sense of humor, stating that their whole hog catering is "perfect for vegan Bat Mitzvahs". A little bit of southern charm mixed with a whole lot of pork make this joint one to put on your list for sure. ((615)776-1856)

Maps and Directions

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Whitt's Barbeque 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Southern
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: ANTIOCH
COST: $
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Peg Leg Porker 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Southern
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Catering, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Papa Turney's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Southern
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Hermitage
COST: $
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Slow and Low BBQ 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Southern
Dining Options: Catering, Delivery, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Sylvan Park
COST: $
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Hog Heaven 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Soul Food
Dining Options: Catering, Delivery, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: West End Avenue
COST: $
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Smoke Et Al 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Southern
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Food Truck, Group Friendly, Take Out
COST: $
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B&C Melrose BBQ 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Southern
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Catering, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Berry Hill
COST: $
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Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Southern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking, Smoking (outdoor area), Take Out
Neighborhood: Belle Meade
COST: $
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Jack's Bar — B — Que 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Southern
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Nolensville Pike
COST: $