Each home-cooked meal from Judge Bean's BBQ travels straight from the from the pit to guests' tables, which rest under Christmas lights strung from the dining room's roof. The culinary team's smokehouse classics include baby back ribs slow-smoked for six hours and bayou shrimp paired with jambalaya-style rice. As meals unfold, patrons can watch sports or stare intently at the hosts of Book TV on overhead flat screens or simply listen to the live music acts that sometimes grace Judge Bean's stage.
Patience is the key to great barbecue and, as it turns out, a great barbecue business. Southern boys Burke, Trey, and Herman found the job market had turned sour, so they set out to make a name for themselves in the world of barbecue. They slow-roasted meats for family and friends, spent long hours putting their recipes to the test at competitions, and finally, through their 30-foot mobile kitchen, brought their saucy meats and traditional sides to the public. In 2013, they achieved their dream of opening a sit-down restaurant, appropriately outfitted as a tribute to barbecue.
At Kirkenburt's Smokehouse Grill, guests sink their teeth into succulent smoked meats, ranging from tender pulled pork and chicken to peppery kielbasa, that are accompanied by backyard barbecue fixin's such as corn on the cob, slaw, and baked beans. Its signature smoked wings have even earned top honors for six consecutive years in the Kappa Delta's annual Wing Fling. When they are not paying carnivorous homage to all things off-the-bone, diners feast on savory meals of St. Louis?style ribs, chow down on Black Angus burgers, and cap off meals with housemade pies, banana pudding, and peach cobbler.
A sense of well-loved Americana infuses every corner of Tom's Blue Moon BBQ as thoroughly as the scent of hickory-smoked meats. Vintage bicycles ridden by notable founding fathers dangle from the ceiling, license plates from across the country line the sky-blue walls, and red-checkered tablecloths evoke a down-home picnic ambience. This nostalgic decor complements the barbecue, which draws inspiration from time-honored family recipes. The cooks begin by hickory-smoking cuts of pork, beef, and chicken for as long as 14 hours before glazing it with the restaurant's signature sauce. To accompany the hearty platters, they also make more than 10 side dishes in-house—including turnip greens, fried green tomatoes, and sweet-potato waffle fries—and craft a tantalizingly sweet banana pudding.
Tennessee State Park Restaurants has eight eateries under its umbrella, all of which can be found in scenic locales sprinkled across the state. Park-goers can take a load off after a long day of hiking and sightseeing to dig into different specialties. Each spot offers a unique menu?Cumberland Mountain specializes in catfish on Fridays, whereas Pickwick Landing combines Southern cuisine with views of the water.
It was more than two decades ago that Jeff "Jefferson" Webb opened the first Jefferson's Restaurant in Jacksonville, Alabama, funding the venture with a little help from his parents and the profits he earned from selling his precious baseball cards. Since then, Jefferson's Restaurant has expanded to more than two dozen locations throughout the U.S.—each one dishing out the signature wings, burgers, and fresh gulf oysters that made the original location famous. At the Brentwood location, diners can lounge on a sprawling outdoor patio, watching football on flat screens and clinking frosty brews beneath the sun.