Nashville's not Memphis. We don't have barbecue running through our veins. When you cut us, we don't bleed barbecue sauce. But we are Southern. And we have taste buds. So just because we don't have a signature barbecue style, doesn't mean we don't have plenty of smoked meats from which to choose. In fact, it might even be better here in Music City. You can choose from Texas-style brisket or Memphis-style pork. From spicy or vinegary or sweet or even white sauce on pork, turkey, beef, and even vegetables.
It used to be that all barbecue joints were dives. And certainly, there's something kind of authentic about a barbecue place that makes you feel like you're in someone's backyard, the smoker making the whole neighborhood (and your clothes and your hair) smell good. But increasingly, barbecue places are morphing into traditional restaurants with full bars, real flatware, plates, and glasses. Plan a visit long enough to try them all. Just bring extra napkins.