The invaluable Barbecue Bros website has a post identifying the top five barbecue places in Nashville. This adds to their existing rankings for Charlotte, Lexington (NC), and Austin, and is a great resource for anyone planning to go through, anywhere near, or to Nashville — as everyone should.
The Barbecue Bros – Monk, Rudy, and Speedy – grew up in High Point, North Carolina. You met Monk, who lives in Charlotte, here. Rudy put together the Austin list while he lived in Texas, but he now lives in exile in Holland, Michigan. The Nashville list was compiled by Speedy, who lives there. Each list includes links to full reviews of each of the top places, to which all of the Bros contribute, and the interchanges among the Bros are a pleasure to read. You should read the Nashville Top 5 post yourself at the link here, so you can get a taste of the Bros’ work.
I haven’t spent much time in Nashville, alas, and I’ve only been to two of the places, The Peg Leg Porker and Martin’s. One place, actually — the Peg Leg Porker, which, unfortunately, I visited on what clearly was an off night. You can see the review here. It includes the time I actually saw a pig with a peg leg.
The Martin’s at which I ate was the branch down in Cahaba Heights, Alabama, south of Birmingham.
That review is here. I really enjoyed it — excellent barbecue, and some good sides.
I’m eager to get to Nashville to try the original Martin’s, to re-check Peg Leg, and to try the other places in the Top 5. I’ll also take a drive west to Parsons, Tennessee, for another meal at the truly outstanding Ramey’s, and I guess I might as well mosey over to Lexington to B.E. Scott’s. And then to Memphis and …
I look forward to more Barbecue Bros reports from Tennessee and elsewhere. You should follow them, too.
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