Nashville BBQ Y’all

Nashville BBQ Y’all

Nashville is a food city, to be sure, with world-class chefs making gourmet meals that draw food-tourists from as far away as California. It’s also the home of traditional southern “meat-and-three” cafeterias, and of course, the infamous Nashville hot chicken.

Nashville isn’t known as a BBQ city. That claim to fame goes to Memphis, but no matter where you go for BBQ in Tennessee, pork is king. Even so, I grew up in Texas, where BBQ is religion and beef brisket is the star, and this Texas-style brisket plate hit the spot! In Texas, a BBQ plate comes with a slice of white bread or possibly cornbread. In Tennessee, expect hoecakes (southern cornbread pancakes).

Tennessee BBQ typically means pork, but being from texas, I enjoy a brisket plate now and then.
Tennessee BBQ typically means pork, but being from Texas, I enjoy a brisket plate now and then.

How many Weight Watcher points is that? 🙂

My recommendations for BBQ in Nashville

Jack’s Bar-B-Que
416 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 

Located on Broadway in the heart of the touristy honky tonk strip since 1976, it’s close to many of Nashville’s big events and major hotels, so expect a line. But, of all the BBQ joints in Nashville, this is the most like Texas-style and, in my opinion, it’s the best. Zagat said, “The BBQ is off the hook.” Forget about finding a parking space though.

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint
3108 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212 + other locations in the metro area
Website | Directions
Always crowded and always delicious, you can often watch the BBQ master smoke a whole pig in a brick pit on site while waiting for your plate. Martin’s serves pork, brisket, turkey, burgers, and even a fried bologna sandwich.

Edley’s Bar-B-Que
2706 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 + locations in East Nashville and Sylvan Park
Website | Directions
Edley’s has been voted multiple times by Nashville Scene readers as best BBQ in town. In addition to traditional BBQ plates, Edley’s also offers a wide variety of tacos, sandwiches, BBQ nachos, and catfish.

Black and white photographs of Nashville by Keith Dotson

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