While you’re on vacation, you may find yourself craving a variety of different foods you may not be able to get back at home. One of the most popular cuisines in the area is southern BBQ, and you’ll be glad to know you have plenty of places to try these traditional smoked meats and classic sides! Check out these top 4 BBQ restaurants in Pigeon Forge you should try:

1. Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que

If you would like to support a locally owned and operated small business, then you should eat at Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que. All of their meat options are basted in Bennett’s signature sauce and slow roasted over hickory wood for 14 hours. You can get pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked sausage, smoked chicken, and much more. If you just can’t decide on one, you can always get the combo meal! With your entree, you will have a choice of 2 sides, which include spicy mac and cheese, baked beans, deep fried corn, coleslaw, potato salad, french fries, and more. No matter what you decide to try at Bennett’s, you’ll find it delicious!

2. Boss Hogg’s BBQ Shack

BBQ in Pigeon Forge

Another one of the local BBQ restaurants in Pigeon Forge you’ll want to try is Boss Hogg’s BBQ Shack. This little hole-in-the-wall place is perfect if you want classic southern BBQ. For lunch, you can choose from pulled pork, chopped brisket, sweet chicken, or smoked sausage sandwiches with your choice of a side. You can get the same type of meats for dinner, or you can try a small plate or a large plate of baby back ribs. Sides include coleslaw, green beans, baked beans, fries, rolls, and mashed potatoes and gravy. If you want to bring a meal back to your cabin so you don’t have to cook or take a picnic into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Boss Hogg’s sells their sides and meats in family-size portions, which are perfect for meals on the go!

3. Calhoun’s

Calhoun’s is a local chain and casual restaurant that serves incredible BBQ. Start out with the smoked sausage and cheese plate or the pulled pork nachos. For your main meal, you can’t go wrong with Calhoun’s signature baby back ribs slathered in their house BBQ sauce. You could also get smoked chicken, smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, or Bar-B-Que steak Calhoun. Other choices include burgers, salads, fried catfish, chicken tenders, or chicken wings. Sides to go with your entree include spinach maria, Tennessee corn pudding, baked beans, mac and cheese, and much more.

4. Corky’s Ribs & BBQ


Another BBQ restaurant in Pigeon Forge that’s known for its ribs is Corky’s Ribs & BBQ. Get a half rack or a full rack, then choose the seasoning you want the most, which could be wet, dry, or both. If you aren’t in the mood for ribs, you could always get BBQ mac and cheese, beef brisket, smoked turkey, smoked sausage, or get a combination of meats if you just can’t decide. Of course, you’ll find the classic sides like coleslaw, baked beans, corn on the cob, and french fries. Corky’s also has burgers and sandwiches, as well as salads and loaded baked potatoes.

Now you know which BBQ restaurants in Pigeon Forge you should stop by when you find yourself in the mood for smoked meats covered in sweet and tangy sauce. Although you know where you might want to eat when you stay with us, you are probably still trying to decide what to do. Check out these Smoky Mountain attractions for some ideas!