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Best BBQ in Knoxville area

Dead End BBQ is definitely the best. The pork and the chicken are amazing.no one else comes close

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  1. I have it on my "To Do" list.

    DT

    1. We ate at Dead End and I found chopped up bones in my chopped chicken. I asked to talk to the manager, I did, he wasn't concerned at all about the chopped sharp chicken bones.
      IMO it was overpriced and not as good as several others. I think at Dead End you pay for the upscale looking interior and for their PR people.

      My favorite hole in the wall is at the intersection of Rutledge Pike and Love's Creek Road/Chilhowee Drive (name of the road changes at Rutledge Pike US 11w).

      Most people who have their own favorite sauce will stop at Buddy's for a pound of pulled pork and then make their own sandwiches, etc. when they get home.

      The one restaurant where truly "no one else comes close" is Ridgewood up in Bluff City. It truly stands alone in quality and tradition and in never disappointing. And it is "Knoxville Area" if you are wont to take long drives through the countryside.

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      1. re: shallots

        Thanks for the recommendation of Ridgewood. Buddy's I've been to. But I will check out Ridgewood for sure. I had some really good food from Dead End when they catered a party I went to. Especially the BBQ Chicken.

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          I sure miss Sarge's BBQ...was out Western and 640 area.

          1. re: Brawny

            We even tried to follow Sarge's when they moved to John Sevier, but that move was barely made before they closed. I keep hoping they'll come back.

        2. re: shallots

          While Ridgewood serves the best BBQ beans and fresh cut fries that I've had anywhere, we find their BBQ to be only mediocre. We most always, however, make the detour when traveling down I-81. I now get their tenderloin sandwich - a real treat (along with the fries & beans - NOT to be missed.

          We have found Dixie BBQ and Red Pig in Johnson City to have better BBQ pork, (House of Ribs has the best ribs, although it's been perhaps 10 years since I was there last) but their sides are no where near those of Ridgewood, making Ridgewood our preferred stop.

        3. Deadend BBQ is NOT a traditional bbq joint. Portions are small and expensive. Depending on the day your sweet potato fries will be served hot or cold. Have been served a plate of bbq'd fat when I ordered brisket. I have had great food at Deadend. But because of the prices, I resent the inconsistancy of the food. One more note, they have their own recipe for baked beans which ,someone needs to break it to the owners, is just awful. Cumin in baked beans? Nuh uh! Get the blue cheese Cole slaw instead.

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          1. re: knoxhound

            Perhaps someone can talk to them about their slaw as well. If you can't have cumin in beans you certainly can't have blue cheese in slaw.

            DT

          2. Deadend BBQ is NOT a traditional bbq joint. Portions are small and expensive. Depending on the day your sweet potato fries will be served hot or cold. Have been served a plate of bbq'd fat when I ordered brisket. I have had great food at Deadend. But because of the prices, I resent the inconsistancy of the food. One more note, they have their own recipe for baked beans which ,someone needs to break it to the owners, is just awful. Cumin in baked beans? Nuh uh! Get the blue cheese Cole slaw instead.

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            1. re: knoxhound

              Just got back from DE BBQ and it was.......fine. I've certainly had waaaay worse but I've also had waaaay better. We had a combo patter and added ribs. The ribs, pulled pork, beans and mac and pimento cheese were all good but nothing more. The jalapeno corn bread was very good as was the sausage. They do well on some things but lose points or fail to gain points on others. The place shone like a new penny. Which in terms of BBQ isn't good. No hint of BBQ in the air inside or out. Don't lose points for those but no bonus ones. The meat also failed to suggest smoke which is good for demerit points. As was the fact that the mac and pimento cheese tasted nothing like pimento cheese. It was good none the less but if you advertise pimento cheese it oughta taste like it. The only bonus point they picked up was for not saucing the pulled pork.

              All in all we enjoyed our dinner but won't be putting it on our list of places we need to go out of our way for.

              DT

            2. Chandler's on Magnolia.