March 5, 2024


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The Lowdown on Gatlinburg Barbecue

Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a gorgeous mountain village recognised for a handful of things…gorgeous mountain views…friendly people…bluegrass…shopping…

…and barbecue!

The editorial staff of Edgewater Hotel come about to be barbecue connoisseurs and have personally put in time at just about each barbecue joint in town. Listed here then is our guide to all the things you require to know about Gatlinburg barbecue!



Bones BBQ Joint


Bones BBQ Joint

Bones BBQ Joint claims to celebrate “authentic regional barbecue from the American South.” This is a cafeteria-type restaurant that serves correctly-cooked, moist, tender barbecue with a satisfying smokiness to it. We also liked the Bones sauce. It is situated on Historic Mother nature Path, a limited wander uphill from Parkway. It has outside the house seating, so it is a great possibility on a sunny day. Shipping and delivery is offered by means of Bring it! and Doordash.

The positives: A fantastic mid-value option in close proximity to downtown with out of doors seating that serves terrific barbecue.

The negatives: A little bit of a walk from the primary strip. Could use a spicier sauce choice.

231 Historic Character Trail, Gatlinburg, TN




Calhoun’s expenditures alone as “the style of Tennessee,” which is most likely precise as Calhoun’s is a nicely-recognized title with multiple locations around Tennessee. We advocate the “Calhoun’s Trio,” which is composed of newborn back again ribs, hen tenders, and hickory smoked pork. The dish is served with coleslaw, and we advise incorporating Smoky Mountain baked beans as the other side. Calhoun’s is situated downtown, appropriate on Parkway, near the entrance to the Wonderful Smoky Mountains.

The positives: Fantastic downtown location and great barbecue.

The negatives: A minimal pricy.

1004 Parkway, #121, Gatlinburg, TN


Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que


Bennett’s serves hickory and mesquite-smoked meats in generous parts. The restaurant is located in the same constructing as Massive Daddy’s Pizzeria, on the reverse aspect. Your meat choices consist of beef brisket, pork shoulder, ribs, barbecue chicken, catfish, and sausage. If you want to try out a assortment of items, purchase the bar-b-que combo that will allow you to pick three meats from a selection that features pulled pork, barbecue chicken, newborn back ribs, smoked sausage or beef brisket.

The positives: Superior price ranges, super friendly assistance, quite a few choices

The negatives: None

714 River Highway, Gatlinburg, TN


Hungry Bear BBQ

Hungry Bear BBQ

You will recognize Hungry Bear BBQ by the sweet, blue-painted building, which offers way to a everyday, intimate environment. The smoke growing from the cooker proper out front smells fantastic and can make it apparent what this position is all about – barbecue! The barbecue was tender and tasted just ideal, and the sides had been excellent.

The positives: Excellent barbecue. Practical locale if you are remaining outside of downtown.

The negatives: It is a very little dear (but what is not these days?). And the services is not the friendliest.


490 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN

2263 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN



A few Jimmy’s Great Time Eatery

Three Jimmy's

A few Jimmy’s is located on the East facet of town at the entrance to the Arts and Crafts neighborhood, in the procuring heart at the corner of E. Parkway and Glades Highway. We counsel the King James sandwich, which is composed of four ounces of tender, dry rubbed, slow smoked beef brisket cheddar cheese onion crispers pickles and barbecue sauce on a brioche bun. Obviously, they have superior barbecue, or they would not be on this list! They have pulled pork, smoked chicken and ribs. The restaurant also has fantastic live leisure.

The positives: Excellent foods, enjoyment, coated outdoor seating

The negatives: Not the greatest location if you are staying downtown. A small pricy.

1357 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN



JP’s Smoke Dwelling

JP’s is a pleasant, laid back again barbecue joint and bar positioned in the Arts & Crafts local community. Regretably, at the time of this crafting we learned that JP’s is closing down. So I guess we say great bye to JP’s for now. We will update this post if it reopens or opens beneath a distinct name.


This is not an exhaustive list. As new dining places open up, or we have a likelihood to take in any place that is not nevertheless on the list, we will update this document. This is a excellent starting up stage if you are in Gatlinburg on the lookout for some excellent barbecue, irrespective if you are being in town (you really should absolutely reserve your place at Edgewater Resort) or out of town.