‘Tis the season to eat a lot of barbecue! Summer is all about grilling and hearty eating for a lot of folks, and I’m here to tell you about some of the best bbq joints in Nashville, TN!

nashville barbecueIf you love a good rack of ribs or even some Texas style brisket as much as you love a long holiday weekend (how was your 4th of July, by the way?), you’re in for a real treat. Instead of finding yourself glumly resigned to the quick Kroger $10 precooked ribs, I’ve got the insider scoop on filling your stomach with delicious southern barbecue and amazing true-Southern treats like potato salad, mac-n-cheese, and banana puddin’. Spend your Labor Day weekend with one of these amazing Nashville barbecue spots!

Martin’s BBQ

From the owner, Pat Martin: “Here’s the short and sweet…This is a real BBQ joint. That means we cook our food fresh every single day – which means that sometimes we run out. Yep, that’s right, sometimes we might run out! The last thing I’d ever want to do is inconvenience y’all, but I’m gonna serve you the freshest food I can. That’s my standard and I wont waiver from it. We don’t have a freezer or microwave in this place! We don’t buy in food and re-serve it. We do it the old fashioned way – we prepare everything from scratch for that day. We come in at 5:00am every single day to prepare our food for that particular day. You see, that’s the only way to do it! I hope y’all enjoy and thank y’all for stopping in to eat with me!”

Peg Leg Porker

This place was featured on Food Network a couple of times, and has won a LOT of awards. A LOT. If you’re in Nashville, you NEED to come here for some serious BBQ. They’ve got delicious pulled pork and tons of sweet BBQ sauce to dive into. The chicken is super tender and falls right off the bone. Even if you think you don’t like dry rub… try it here. Seriously; it will change your opinion. The sides are good classic staples (Mac and cheese, green beans, etc) but can get cold if you’r eating between peak hours. This place is casual with super fast service, there’s a bar and a patio too for those perfect summer days… It’s just overall phenomenal.

Edley’s Bar-B-Que

This is one restaurant that will only miss full 5 stars because of the large line. Waits for lunch and dinner rush can exceed an hour on popular days, but usually, the food proves well worth it. The pulled pork and baked beans are locally famous and always recommended to visitors. Other notable foods include the delicious mac and cheese and bread puddings.

Jim-n-Nick’s BBQ

This laid-back chain is known for slow-cooked BBQ & cheese biscuits, plus burgers, salads & classic sides! They’re great for catering events, in particular, and are known to turn it out for large crowds. Real tea, amazing muffin appetizers, and BBQ that’ll make your tongue slap your brains out. ‘None better this side of Memphis.  A “have to do” if you’re in Nashville.  Do NOT miss their homemade banana pudding. Service a little slow but  it’s worth the wait.