Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Knoxville

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April 22, 2022
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Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Knoxville

Cooking meat low and slow over an indirect heat source—the only real qualifications for barbecue—is a truly American tradition, going back to indigenous cultures and picked up by early Spanish colonizers who also gave it the name the cooking style goes by now: barbacoa. Today, barbecue is a wildly popular staple across the U.S., with many cities and regions boasting their own take (and all claiming to have the best). Because barbecue meat spends hours upon hours cooking, restaurants are a go-to source for many Americans who would rather not spend all day and all night tending to their flames. Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Knoxville on Tripadvisor.

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#11. Chili's Grill & Bar

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (47 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 7304 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919-5635
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#10. Wild Boar Tavern

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (36 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 950 East Emory Road, Knoxville, TN 37938
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#9. Calhoun's On The River

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (2,387 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 400 Neyland Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902-2408
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#8. Love that B-B-Q

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (28 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $
- Address: 1901 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920-3817
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#7. Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (334 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 208 Advantage Place, Knoxville, TN 37922
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#6. Calhoun's Turkey Creek

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (740 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Bar, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 625 Turkey Cove Ln Pinnacle Shopping Center, Knoxville, TN 37934-1916
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#5. Dead End BBQ

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (363 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 3621 Sutherland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37919-4309
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#4. Calhoun's

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (266 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 10020 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922-3321
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#3. Calhoun's on Bearden Hill

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (895 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 6515 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919-4826
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#2. Sweet P's BBQ and Soul House

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (366 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 3725 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920-6141
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#1. Sweet P’s Downtown Dive

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (257 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 410 W Jackson Ave Pay for Parking lots adjacent to and across the street, Knoxville, TN 37902-1307
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