Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Knoxville

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August 12, 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. Tripadvisor rankings factor in the average rating and number of reviews. Some restaurants on the list may have recently closed.

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#20. Wild Boar Tavern

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (37 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), 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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#19. Buddy's Bar-B-Q

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (24 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (5.0/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $
- Address: 8402 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919-5351
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#18. Calhoun's On The River

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (2,422 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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#17. Buddy's Bar-B-Q

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (64 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $
- Address: 4401 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920-4356
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#16. Archer's BBQ

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (12 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4885 N Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37918-1708
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#15. M&M Catering

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (18 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1039 Summer Wood Dr, Knoxville, TN 37923-1523
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#14. Buddy's Bar-B-Q

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (79 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $
- Address: 5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919-6339
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#13. Fullservice BBQ

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (38 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 10248 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922-3221
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#12. Dickey's Barbecue Pit

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (92 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 11483 Parkside Drive Suite 202, Knoxville, TN 37934
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#11. 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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#10. Archers BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (60 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 10205 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922-4608
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#9. Archers BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (114 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 6714 Central Avenue Pike, Knoxville, TN 37912-1424
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#8. Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (336 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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#7. Archers BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (190 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 5415 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919-5032
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#6. Calhoun's Turkey Creek

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (774 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 (364 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 Pellissippi

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (314 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 (923 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 (260 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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