Local Restaurant Makes List of 10 Best BBQ Restaurants in the U.S.

photo from Puckett's

TravelAwaits released its list of the Best BBQ Restaurants in the U.S. for 2022. And while Memphis is known for its BBQ, a longtime Franklin restaurant takes a spot on this list.

Puckett’s in downtown Franklin is number ten on the list. TravelAwaits says this, “If your mouth hasn’t started watering yet, it is about to. Puckett’s traditional BBQ is enough to tantalize anyone’s taste buds. But have you tried pulled pork covered in macaroni and cheese and biscuit crumbles? If not, make your way to Puckett’s and order a Piggy Mac today. Or try a slice of their smoked meatloaf, blending the fine flavors of Memphis BBQ with true Southern-style comfort food.”

TravelAwaits recommends you try the Memphis Style Pulled Pork, Piggy Mac, and Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding.

See the top ten BBQ Joints below.

  1. Cackle and Oink- Sherman, Tx
  2. Black’s Barbecue, New Braunfels, TX
  3. Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Kansas City, KS
  4. Franklin Barbecue, Austin, TX
  5. The Bar-B-Q Shop, Memphis, Tn
  6. Pappy’s Smokehouse, St. Louis, Mo (tie)
  7. Charlie Vergos’ Rendezous, Memphis, Tn – tie for 6th place
  8. The Shed Barbeque, & Blues Joint, Ocean Springs, Ms
  9. 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Orlando, Fl
  10. Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, Franklin, Tn




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  1. Have you eaten at 4 Rivers? It’s good but not the best in Florida. Not even close. I like it for what it’s worth….fast food BBQ but far from truly authentic. Can’t believe a chain BBQ restaurant, cooking on an electric smoker, is in anyone’s top 10! Find a restaurant with a pit.

      • I disagree. Native Texan here (from area that produces 65% of beef consumed in US). So I love Tx barbecue.
        But when I spent military time in North Carolina— was very surprised and impressed with NC barbecue joints. And really prefer the mustard sauce! (Ssh—don’t tell my Texas compadres).

      • I’m from Florida and then Tennessee but Western NC has some wonderful BBQ in my opinion. Checkout Haywood Smokehouse if you ever get to Dillsboro, Franklin or Waynesville. Dry rub ribs and their spicy BBQ sauce is really good!

  2. You’ve never tried Willie Jewell’s barbecue restaurant in St. Mary’s Georgia or Willie Jewell’s in Yulee Florida.

  3. I live about 3 miles from the four rivers in Orlando Florida and let me tell you every time I have gone there to eat the barbecue is cold it’s never warm or hot it’s always pretty freaking way colder than room temperature and it’s not cheap

  4. I agree that 4 Rivers is good but it’s not even close to the best in Florida! The Shed in Mississippi is much better than 4-Rivers IMO but it also isn’t even close to the best in Mississippi. This is a pay to play list from the looks of it.

  5. NC has great Pulled Pork BBQ just about every town has its own favorite pit, mine is Smithfields Chiken n Biscuits for NC style vinager based sauce. For Red Sauce and Dry rubbed Brisket, you cannot beat Misson BBQ for their meats and sides. Being from Florida originally my go to was always Luptons Fat Boy BBQ, I also developed a taste for Kahlua Pig when I lived in Hawai’i. Everyone has their own prejudices when it comes to their areas BBQ, everyone is right when it comes to the best BBQ in their states.

  6. To bad you did Uber Martins on the list. They are pit bbq at it’s finest. They are located in Nolensville and Spring Hill Tn.1

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