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Jun 10, 2014 12:32 PM

BBQ recommendations for Knoxville (plus Mexican groceries!)


I will be visiting family in Knoxville during the first week of July. Foothill Milling Company and Stock & Barrel are already on my radar for places that I want to check out, but I was hoping to get some recommendations for BBQ. I'm not too particular on a specific style of BBQ, if it's good I'll eat it!

In addition, I will be cooking for my family one night and wanted to get a heads up on any nice Mexican markets or grocery stores where I can decent tortillas, inexpensive produce, and cuts of meet. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I'm used to shopping the ethnic stores because it's way cheaper and the selection tends to be better then the mainstream stores.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. For a Mercado, I use the one at the intersection of Washington Pike and Whittle Springs Road (NE corner) . That's inside the 640 loop on the northeast side of town.

    I do shop there and their meat counter is always fresh and well tended. They have coolers with crema and a lot of other milk products as well as a row of produce.

    So far this year, the fresh chili peppers (Poblanos) are very pricey as are limes. If you've a good reasonable source, and you plan to use these, you might want to bring them with you.

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    1. re: shallots

      Thanks for the grocery recommendation. The lime shortage hit us pretty hard in CA as well, although at the local market near my house they dropped back down to their normal price of 15 cents each just in the past couple of weeks. Hopefully it stays that way!

      Still looking for some recommendations for BBQ :).

    2. Since you're not getting responses about BBQ, let me suggest a stop at Archers.

      There are several in our area. Get the pulled pork and then use the different sauces that Archer's has to see which you prefer. I think Archers is the only place locally that lets you have that big a choice and since you aren't from these parts, it's a good place to experiment with different tastes.

      A must have is Banana pudding which seems to be a must have for a whole lot of guys locally (including the one I'm married to.)

      If you had time, I'd recommend a two hour drive up to Ridgewood BBQ for their beans (the best anywhere), their sweet slaw, and their very different style of BBQ. A drive up US 11W would give you a feel of the Valley and Ridge of East Tennessee that you won't get surrounded by suburbs.

      Another local BBQ chain is Calhoun's. Again several locations, the one by UT down on the river is one to remember. Their signature dish, to my mind, is the Spinach Maria. Which has entirely too much cheese and could be a meal in itself.

      1. Dead End BBQ
        3821 Sutherland Ave.
        Knoxville, TN 37919

        Sweet P’s BBQ
        3725 Maryville Pike
        Knoxville, TN 37920
        *Particularly good brisket.

        400 Neyland Drive
        Knoxville, TN 37902

        3101 Magnolia Ave.
        Knoxville, TN 37914

        Dixson Bar-B-Q
        1201 Magnolia Ave.
        Knoxville, TN 37917

        Full Service BBQ
        113 S. Washington St.
        Maryville, TN 37804

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        1. re: Khotso98

          Been to Dead End and it's okay but no more. I did thoroughly enjoy the sausages though


        2. Also:

          Buddy's Bar-B-Q
          Several Knoxville area locations