Smalltown BBQ: Where East Tennessee BBQ Dreams Come True
Hey there, East Tennesseans! If you're a fellow BBQ enthusiasts and you're on the hunt for the best BBQ joint in East Tennessee, your search ends at Smalltown BBQ in the charming town of Friendsville, TN. This hidden gem of a BBQ joint is a true local treasure, and it's a place where your taste buds will be in for a treat.
A Classic BBQ Joint with Heart
Smalltown BBQ is exactly what you'd expect from a quintessential BBQ joint, complete with the enticing aroma of the pit out back. From the moment you walk in, you'll notice the cleanliness and the inviting decor. The staff here are some of the friendliest folks you'll ever meet, and they make you feel right at home. But what truly steals the show is the food—it's "make you wanna slap your grandma good!".
A Feast to Remember
My wife, Tammy, and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Smalltown BBQ, and it's safe to say we left with our stomachs full and our taste buds dancing. We decided to share a couple of options and, honestly, it's hard to choose what we enjoyed the most.
I couldn't resist ordering a full rack of ribs (my eyes are often bigger than my stomach), and let me tell you, they were prepared to fall-off-the-bone perfection. The smoky flavor and tenderness were nothing short of heavenly. Tammy, on the other hand, went for the pulled pork, and it was everything you could hope for—tender, juicy, and packed with flavor.
They also offer a variety of dogs and burgers, which we've not yet been able to explore. Note, I said "yet!" I noted that thier signature 1/2 pound burger is prepared with a fresh patty formed with brisket, short rib, and chuck and is served on a craft made bun. I didn't notice that bit of detail until after lunch and the only reason I didn't regret ordering a burger was because of how satisfied I was when leaving this little gem of a find but rest assured, I'll be back for the burgers soon!
A Sauce Lover's Paradise
At our table, we found a delightful assortment of six varieties of barbecue sauces, including original, spicy, sweet honey, hickory bourbon, Texas style, and gold. Naturally, we couldn't resist sampling them all, and each had its unique charm. But in the end, we had to pick our favorites—mine was the hickory bourbon, while Tammy's taste buds fell in love with the sweet honey.
Sides That Shine
As for the sides, we were equally impressed. Tammy's plate came with okra that was generously portioned and deep-fried to crispy perfection. My side, the barbecue beans, might have been the least flashy on the table, but they were satisfying in their own right. I had no problem polishing them off.
Quench Your Thirst in Style
Every legitimate BBQ joint worth its salt has to offer fresh-brewed iced tea—it's practically a BBQ bylaw, and Smalltown BBQ doesn't disappoint in that regard. But what truly surprised us was their soda fountain, stocked with an impressive variety of Stubborn craft sodas. I went for the vanilla cream soda, and it was a delightful pairing with the BBQ. They also offer an assortment of adult beverages but is was a little early in the day for that during our visit.
A Rustic Dining Experience
The dining room at Smalltown BBQ exudes rustic charm. It's clean, well-decorated, and adds to the overall fantastic dining experience. Whether you're visiting for a casual meal or celebrating a special occasion, you'll feel right at home here.
Time to Show 'er Off!
Smalltown BBQ is not just a dining spot; it's an experience you'll want to share with friends and family. When we have visitors in town, you can bet that Smalltown BBQ will be on our list of must-dos.
So, if you're in the mood for mouthwatering BBQ that hits all the right notes, make your way to Friendsville, TN, and savor the flavors at Smalltown BBQ. We've been on the hunt for incredible East Tennessee BBQ for a few years now and hadn't quite found the place until now. This is a place where BBQ dreams come true, and you'll leave with a belly full of satisfaction and a craving for your next visit.
110 W. College Ave, Friendsville TN
Stay tuned for more explorations of fantastic places in and around East Tennessee. Until next time, keep sipping and savoring the moments!