Do You Really Know the BEST Nashville Barbeque?

Nashville is home to many great barbeque joints like the very well-known restaurant chains of Jim & Nick's BBQHog HeavenMission BBQ and many more. We know them all too well and so does the rest of the world! But how many of us have heard of or been blessed to try our local small barbeque joints that were created here and are drenched with the local flavor of real Nashville Barbeque? The ones that decorate their walls with Nashville history and tell stories of our great city? The kind of places that should roll off our tongues when every tourist asks a local "Where's the best place to get Nashville Barbeque?"

This is our community and when we tell our guest where to go, we should direct them to the places that welcomes them with the Nashville hospitality we all know. The places that pours money, support, charity, and love into our communities. The places where "Everybody knows your name" (Gary Portnory (Cheers, TV series), 1983). We want to make sure you Nodat! That's why we conducted our own research and found seven of the best local Nashville Made BBQ joints you should get to know! 

1.) Edley's Bar-B-Que

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Edley's is not a stranger to many Nashville locals and is very well deserving of being #1 on our list. This family owned Nashville barbeque joint has a unique Nashville personality that makes everyone who walks through the door "feel more like an old family friend" (Edley's, 2015). You will never order pre-processed or day before meat and threes here. Their sides are cooked every day to perfection and drenched with southern style recipes that come from a long line of Edley historical cooks. Cooked "low and slow, fresh daily" (Edley's, 2015) you will find the great local flavor and experience we #nodatnashville has to offer!

Nashville Locations: 3

Services: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Cocktails, Catering



 2.) Bar-B-Cutie

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Bar-B-Cutie was founded in Nashville in 1950 located on Murfreesboro Road. Sold to its new owner Eddie and Mildred Macfarland this historical Nashville Bar-B-Cue favorite has transitioned from just a four-table car hop diner into one of the best "hickory smoked barbeque places in town" (Bar-B-Cutie, 2018). With now twelve locations and a new in the works the appearance of what once was a small-town business with car hops in shorts, red and white checkered skirts, and a family hangout now looks more like a restaurant chain. The history behind this great Nashville Barbeque tradition still rings true. Inside every restaurant you will find black and white pictures of their 65-year journey including images of the very first kitchen staff to images of customers gathering and sitting on crates enjoying real southern style barbeque. You better Nodat we will always love, support, and recommend this place!

Nashville Locations: 8

Services: Lunch, Dinner, Catering



3.) Peg Leg Porker 

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In 2013 Nashville natives Carey and Delaniah Bringle turned their ten-year-old catering business into a booming award-winning BBQ favorite located on Gleaves Street in the Gulch. Their acclaimed "excellent" barbeque is smoked fresh daily along with made from scratch delicious sides. Awarded twice by Paula Dean we should be proud to share this establishment with our tourist! Mostly known for catering private events for office parties and weddings their dining room stays crowded with locals hoping to get a taste before the meat runs out! 

Nashville Locations: 1

903 Gleaves St. 

Services: Lunch, Dinner, Catering, Full Bar


 4.) Jack Cawthon's Bar-B-Que

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 From societal country clubs and serving caviar in 1950 Jack Cawthon understood that "Pork was King and Sauce was Boss" (Jack's BBQ, 2018) and set out to create his own style of barbeque. His hickory smoke creation birthed a barbeque craze in Nashville that led every local to tell Nashville visitors to "Go to Jack's!". Jack's very first location is now the parking lot of the Hard Rock Cafe on Broadway and relocated to 416 Broadway over the Ryman. Cawthon opened a new location on Trinity Lane in 1990 and still booms today on the "Talbot's Corner" historical landmark. Featured on Jeopardy in 2011 with the question "Jack Cawthon the "Bar-B-Que King, has this restaurant overlooking the Ryman". Now, that's tourist worthy!

Nashville Locations: 3

Services: Lunch, Dinner, Catering, 


5.) Drifter's BBQ

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We are all familiar with Nashville's popping Five Points area in East Nashville! We have founder Matthew Charette to thank for that! His 2009 barbeque establishment has been very pivotal in the development of this area. This hidden gem is a true mom and pop which is every tourist inquiry at the front desk of the hotel. Built on the principal of building communities and families, the founder assured the atmosphere here to be welcoming and relaxing with live music and patio seating that every family member can enjoy! 

Locations: 1008 B Woodland Street

Services: Lunch, Dinner, Catering, Full Bar, Live Band, Patio Seating


6.) Zillas Pit BBQ

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This West Tennessee born, and Nashville raised new barbeque joint is one on the rise! Established in 2014, owner Terrance "Big Perm" Nicholson recently set out on his path of becoming a full-time barbeque guru offering country style barbeque to all of Nashville's locals. Zillas Pit BBQ is currently a catering company with occasional pop-up eateries and has managed to develop a large fan-base here in Nashville in such a short amount of time. That's what happens when you serve real southern BBQ with real southern humbled service! Zillas is expected to open a full service mobile food truck this fall. Keep your eyes on this place. It's destined to be a local favorite and tourist worthy! To receive information of their daily whereabouts or book them to cater your event, wedding, office or private parties you may contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at one of their social media platforms below. 

Services: Catering



7.) Rippy's Smokin Bar & Grill 

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Located on the corner of 5th and Broad this party house will supply you with more than traditional southern style barbeque. Get ready for jumping live music screaming from two levels, three stages, and private dining spaces. The locals rave about this menu filled with smoked pull pork plates, hand sliced smoked pork loins, and more! If you have never had a barbeque pulled pork salad, this is the place to get it! Founded in 2000, Jeff Rippy and a group of friends opened Rippy's Bar & Grill after spending their Saturdays tailgating during the Nashville Kats arena football games and serving up plates to anyone who walked by. Ten years later Rippy's is a piece of Nashville's must see and must experience local flavor! 

Location: 429 Broadway 

Services: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Catering, Live Music 



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