Best Barbecue Restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

BBQ ribs on the grillSilence your growling stomach, and visit some of the best barbecue restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. From pulled pork sandwiches to full rack of ribs dinners, these barbecue joints are sure to please every member of your family!

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que

Voted best ribs and best barbeque in Sevier County in 2012, Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que is family owned and operated, with restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. They specialize in tender smoked chicken, beef briskets and pork ribs. Smothered in Bennett’s secret sauce, their meat sits in the smoker for up to 14 hours. People who have visited either their restaurant in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg describe Bennett’s as some of the best barbecue they have ever tasted!


Hungry Bear BBQ

With two restaurants in Gatlinburg, Hungry Bear BBQ is ready to accommodate any size group’s barbecue cravings. The homey atmosphere within these two restaurants in Gatlinburg will give you the charm of down home southern cooking without ever having to leave the Parkway! Visitors to Hungry Bear BBQ highly suggest the pulled pork barbecue sandwich and potato salad. Going hiking? Hungry Bear BBQ offers picnic packs that people can take with them to enjoy on the trails.


Little River BBQ

Located just outside of Pigeon Forge, in Townsend, Little River BBQ prepares only the freshest meat when cooking their delicious smoked barbecue. What makes Little River BBQ stand out against all the restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, is once you have finished your barbecue, you can take a ride on the go-kart track, or go tubing on the Little River located just next door at River Rage.


Corky’s Ribs & BBQ

Drawing from its Memphis roots, this restaurant in Pigeon Forge only offers top-quality food and service to it’s guests. Before putting the meat in their hickory smoker to sit for hours, Corky’s smothers it in their famous dry rub or barbecue sauce. Be sure to check out the lunch menu at this restaurant in Pigeon Forge. With most menu items under $10, Corky’s promises to bring you some of the best barbecue in Pigeon Forge without breaking the bank.



Known best for their ribs, cooks at Calhoun’s slow cook their meat over split hickory logs until their famous ‘Smoke Ring’ appears on the meat. If a member of your family or group of friends isn’t in the mood for barbeque, that’s no problem at Calhoun’s. They offer menu items ranging from chicken quesadillas, burgers, salads and steak. Also, make sure you leave room for dessert! All Calhoun’s desserts are homemade including their cheesecake of the day.  The restaurant in Pigeon Forge is the newest location for Calhoun’s, but staff members still bring the same high quality service as the other locations across Tennessee.


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