Asked: Barbecue superlatives in Nashville

Is there a lunch special you tell all your friends about? Do you always get the banana pudding? Tell us everything you love about Nashville’s barbecue scene.

A spread of barbecue and sides at Martin's Bar-B-Que

What’s your favorite side at Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint? | Photo by @thehamburgeryelper

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In honor of National Barbecue Day, we’re firing up the smoker for some friendly competition.

From local chains to standalone spots, Nashville’s barbecue scene is kind of a pig deal. Whether you’re loyal to one restaurant or have a rotating list of favorites, we need your help with the following five superlatives:

  • Best bang for your buck (think: lunch special, combo, etc.)
  • Favorite non-barbecue item at a local barbecue restaurant
  • Best pup-friendly patio
  • Favorite barbecue sauce
  • Go-to dessert

    Now that you’re hungry, tell us your favorites in this survey (the more details, the better). No gatekeeping here — we’ll share some of the responses in the newsletter this week.


    Earlier this week, we asked for your help with five barbecue superlatives. Here’s what you said:

    Best bang for your buck (think: lunch special, combo, etc.)

    Tex’s BBQ — Take your pick from the daily sandwich special, the day-specific ribs, or the Two-Pass buffet!” — Doug S.

    Edley’s pork sandwich or Nashville style pork sandwich is around $7.” — Chastity F.

    Favorite non-barbecue item at a local barbecue restaurant

    “Mac and cheese at Bringle’s Smoking Oasis” — Joey C.

    “Homemade chips from Martin’s” — Jess F.

    Best pup-friendly patio

    Bringle’s or HoneyFire” — Dillon S.

    Martin’s on Elliston” — Jenna H.

    Favorite barbecue sauce

    Edley’s BBQ Sauce (red or white) has the best flavor. It’s made from scratch and that shows.” — Alexis L.

    “Jim ‘N Nick’s Morgan Co. White Sauce is super creamy with just the right kick and tang to boost your BBQ!” — Tiffany B.

    Go-to dessert

    “Mama Turney’s pies at Papa Turney’s” — Sandy S.

    Edley’s Gooey Butter Bar” — Katherine G.

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