Tennessee is well-known for lots of things – music, the Great Smoky Mountains, and delicious, fall-off-the-bone barbecue! But, while places like Nashville, Memphis, and Pigeon Forge get all the attention, there are several other spots where you can get your barbecue fix, and Chattanooga is one of them. Be sure to add at least one of these BBQ joints to your list next time you stay in Chattanooga.
If your mouth is watering at the thought of digging into pulled pork, ribs, or brisket, read on to discover the top 16 barbecue restaurants in the city. We’ve also ranked them from least to most expensive so you can choose accordingly.
3957 Ringgold Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37412
Choo Choo is a local chain of barbecue restaurants in Chattanooga, and each one is just as delicious as the last. As with most Tennessee barbecue joints, Choo Choo hickory smokes its meats from scratch, so you get a delicious and tangy flavor in every bite.
You can buy platters for the whole family and order takeout to bring back to your vacation rental or put your favorite meat on a sandwich. Choo Choo also has some excellent fried chicken and chili cheese fries.
3801 Rossville Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37407
Although most barbecue restaurants only serve lunch and dinner, Chubby’s mixes things up by serving breakfast. The primary specialty is pork, as you can get ham, sausage, bacon, pork tenderloin, or baloney to accompany your eggs.
When it comes to barbecue, you can buy meat by the pound or get a dinner plate. In addition to land animals, Chubby’s serves shrimp or fish with your choice of sides.
4921 TN-58, Chattanooga, TN 37416
While meat is the main draw for most BBQ joints, the sides can also steal the show. At Highway 58 Barbeque, one side sits above the rest – potatoes. The main option is the Killer Potato, which is stuffed with your choice of meat, sour cream, cheese, BBQ sauce, and butter.
If you want to expand your potato palate, you can also try broccoli and cheese, bacon and cheese, or chili cheese potatoes. We also recommend the barbecue nachos, which are more of a meal than a side or appetizer.
964 Dodson Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37406
Sunset is one of the oldest barbecue restaurants in Chattanooga, getting its start in the 1940s. With so much time to perfect the recipes, it’s safe to say that Sunset is one of the better options in the city.
Sunset is mainly known for its ribs, but you can also get barbecue wings, pulled pork, brisket, and some of the tastiest peach cobbler on this side of the Mississippi. You should also try their BBQ hot dog if you get a chance.
2309 E Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37404
If you’re not super interested in getting your hands saucy and dirty, you should try Barque BBQ on Main Street in downtown Chattanooga. This spot does offer sample plates and dinners, but it also has some of the best barbecue sandwiches in town. You can get pulled pork, chicken, turkey, burnt ends, or brisket on a bun, as well as smoked baloney or portobello. My favorite is the pulled pork sandwich, it’s seriously delicious!
In addition to the meats and sandwiches, Barque has a full selection of sides and desserts, including mac n cheese, slaw, baked beans, and banana pudding.
619 Camp Jordan Pkwy, East Ridge, TN 37412
Are you a rib lover? Do you love a juicy and saucy rack of ribs fresh from the smoker? Do you dream of licking your fingers clean after each delicious bite? Then, you should come on down to Buddy’s Bar-B-Q on Saturdays for all-you-can-eat ribs. This special happens every Saturday, and you get two delicious sides and hush puppies to accompany your meat.
If you don’t come on a Saturday, you can still get some delectable dishes, including pulled pork, chicken, beef brisket, and smoked pork butt. If you’re not a fan of the humble pig, you should go elsewhere.
416 E M L King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37403
When you have excellent barbecue, you don’t need an extensive menu to appeal to the masses. Chatt Smoke House (short for Chattanooga) is one of the best BBQ joints in the city, and it has one of the simplest menus available. In addition to the traditional pork dishes, you can get hot dogs, chili cheese fries, and frozen drinks. What more could you ask for?
205 Manufacturers Rd Suite 110, Chattanooga, TN 37405
Edley’s is a local Tennessee chain, so pretty much wherever you are in the state, you can get some good old-fashioned barbecue. This is also a place to bring family and friends, as many of the plates and appetizers are perfect for sharing. Examples include breaded wings, barbecue nachos, hot links, and fried pickles.
Brisket is the meat of honor, which you can get by itself, in a sandwich, in tacos, or as a breakfast special with eggs.
1817 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37408
Here we have another spot with a simple yet delicious menu. Good Eats doesn’t offer all the standard barbecue fare, but you can find chicken, ribs, and pulled pork. This place also provides a massive burger, hot dog, or loaded baked potato option. We also like their potato salad, which is perfect for a hot spring or summer day.
Here, you’re sure to get some seriously good BBQ.
5611 Ringgold Rd B, Chattanooga, TN 37412
As the name suggests, this restaurant hickory smokes all its meats, so you get a tangy and smokey flavor to your dish. The specialty here is chopped meats, as you can get chopped pork, beef, or chicken with your choice of sides.
Additionally, Hickory Pit serves sandwiches, spare ribs, and even steak. On Saturdays, you can get some smoked catfish if you’re feeling extra adventurous.
3147 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37408
Mike’s is something of a “trendy” barbecue joint, so it doesn’t quite have the same homegrown appeal as some of the other spots on this list. However, if you’re looking for some deliciously smoked meats, Mike’s is worth visiting.
Here you can get Texas-style brisket, pulled pork, and some of the best ribs around. Unique menu items include BBQ egg rolls, brisket tacos, and homemade pork rinds.
301 Signal Mountain Rd, Red Bank, TN 37405
Nooga Q is one of the top barbecue joints, at least according to the locals. While this place isn’t as flashy as Mike’s or Rib and Loin, it offers good home cooking at affordable prices. The barbecue plates are generous, but we also recommend the nachos or the barbecue quesadilla if you’re looking for something different.
5946 Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421
If you’re in the mood for some award-winning barbecue, Rib and Loin is one of the top spots to check out. This place ranks consistently well on most “best barbecue” lists in the region, and it’s easy to see why. Rib and Loin offers some of the best ribs and pork dishes around, which you can enjoy as a plate or sandwich.
We also recommend this place if you want catering since it will be the hit of your next event.
924 Signal Mountain Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37405
Typically, pulled pork, ribs, and brisket get all the attention. However, places like Shuford’s give other meats their time to shine. If you’re looking for something unique, we recommend the turkey legs (with meat that falls off the bone), polish sausage, or the regional special, Brunswick stew. If you haven’t had the stew before, you’re in for a real treat. Traditionally, it’s served with small game animals (i.e rabbits), but modern restaurants use chicken instead.
420 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Although this is technically a “rib house,” Sticky Fingers is more of a pub and diner that also serves barbecue. That said, the ribs are pretty spectacular (and award-winning), so you’d be forgiven if you skipped the rest of the menu.
In addition to the sticky-sweet stuff, you can get burgers, salads, sandwiches, nachos, pretzel bites, and even deviled eggs. No matter what you’re craving, Sticky Fingers probably has it.
2450 15th Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37494
As you’re driving into Chattanooga, you’ll see the light-up sign that says “Sugar’s Ribs.” Assuming you have time, be sure to pull off the freeway and stop in for an hour or two to enjoy some of the best ribs in Tennessee. They’re so good that you can get them as a half rack, full rack, or three ribs as a side to another main dish. You’ll probably want to get a whole rack to go; they’re that good.
Sugar’s also sells a wide range of tacos and sandwiches if you’re not in the mood for ribs, and they also make their own sausage on site.
There you have it, 16 finger-licking good places to eat BBQ in Chattanooga. Enjoy!