In Tennessee, there is perhaps no more hotly debated food group than barbecue. It’s a polarizing topic, so make sure you know what you’re getting into when you strike up a friendly debate with acquaintances about their favorite barbecue spots in and around Dickson. These talks can become very impassioned very quickly. Still, that kind of passion is a good thing and speaks to the undercurrent of quality in our barbecue scene. Debate all you want about the best (and worst) of the region’s ribs, pulled pork, sauces, sides – but keep an open mind so that you don’t miss out on something that could rival even your diehard favorite. That said, here are some of ours. Give them a try and you might have a few new barbecue spots to add to your list of favorites.
A Nashville tradition, Whitt’s Barbecue has been voted “Best of Nashville” in the Nashville Scene and now comprises more than 20 locations in Middle Tennessee and surrounding areas. Barbecue pork, turkey, and ribs are slow-smoked over hickory wood for a depth of flavor that will tantalize your taste buds. Whitt’s admits that their menu isn’t fancy – but with food this good, who needs fancy? Feed a crowd with their family packs or large orders to go; sample sandwiches, wings, and ribs; and make sure to add their delicious classic barbecue sides.
Back Alley BBQ
Back Alley BBQ boasts of purveying “the best ribs, chicken, and BBQ around,” and we’d be hard-pressed to disagree. With made-from-scratch sides like baked beans, corn pudding, and potato salad accompanying fall-off-the-bone ribs, smoked chicken, and brisket, the Back Alley menu offers daily specials as well as staples and family packs.
This Dickson favorite features a simple menu – but when you’re talking barbecue, simple is kind of the point. Order a slab of ribs, a whole chicken, or pork by the pound; or keep it manageable in a single sitting with a sandwich or a plate featuring any of these meats. Fossie’s sides include coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, and white beans. Regulars advise you not to leave without a homemade fried pie – peach, apple, or cherry – to round out your meal.
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