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Oct 6, 2006 03:17 PM

BBQation: BBQ recommendations for TN Trip

I'm going to be travelling to a wedding in Atlanta (from Chicago) and decided to turn the drive into a BBQation, getting as much cue on the way as I can. My route will be I-55 to Memphis and then I-20 to Atlanta. Leaving Atlanta, I'm going to Chattanooga, through the Smokey Mountains to Pidgeon Forge then to Nashville, and finally back to Chicago with a stop in Louisville.

I can detour a bit off the freeways, but my travelling companion won't have the patience for a long detour, no matter how great the BBQ is.

Are there any must-have places en-route? And recommendations for Memphis?


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  1. Check out Mothership BBQ in the Berry Hill section of Nashville. It's new, but you won't be disappointed.


    1. Interstate BBQ in Memphis is worth the trip. Have the sweet tea, it's peachy. As indicated by the name, it's not far off the beaten path, either.

      1. My favorite in Nashville is Hog Heaven.

        1. There are posts galore on Memphis BBQ, if you do a search you will find them! If I had one stop, it would be Payne's for the pork sandwich. That said, there are choices galore depending on your preferences. Other top picks would be The BBQ Shop, Germantown Commisary, A&R, or Cozy Corner. I'm not a big fan of Interstate (too saucy) or Corky's (too commercial, yet strangely inconsistent), even though I used to work there and still go there on occassion since it's close to my parents' home!

          1. Thanks for the tips. I think I'm good for Memphis (right now, I'm aiming for lunch at Cozy Corner and dinner at Germantown or Rendevous), Pidgeon Forge (Bennetts is the only place I've seen recommended), Nashville (see above) and Kentucky (don't have that info with me).

            The unknown is a lunch place between Memphis and Atlanta and a place for lunch or dinner in Chattanooga. Suggestions?