News | May 21, 2018

Smokin' It Up In The Tennessee River Valley

May is National Barbecue Month and what better way to celebrate than to hit the roads and plop down at a table in one of the many barbecue restaurants scattered across the Tennessee River Valley region.

Knoxville, TN (PRWEB)  has compiled a list to give barbecue connoisseurs an idea of some of the best places in the region for barbecue.

Located in northern Alabama not too far from the high-tech city of Huntsville, is Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que. This fourth generation owned family business has racked up over 65 barbecue awards in the last 18 years including five Memphis in May Grand Champion titles, 10 state championships and 10 world championship titles. Smoked pork, tangy, peppery white sauce and homemade pies top their menu.

Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains near Canoe Creek, in Rainbow City, Ala., Local Joe's offers smoked meats, baked goods and local produce. The menu features barbecue by the plate, sandwich or bulk, stuffed baked potatoes, fresh salads and loaded nachos.

Located in Hiawassee, Georgia, Hawg Wild BBQ and Catfish House has everyone covered from Carolina barbecue and Lexington barbecue to ribs, barbecue chicken and brisket. These barbecue specialties are what set Hawg Wild apart as well as their wide variety of delectable sauces. A mild and tasty golden fried catfish is also served, along with hushpuppies for those who are not in the mood for barbecue.

Krambonz BBQ serves smoky pulled pork, triple meaty baby back ribs, beef brisket, loaded potatoes, chicken and yummy smoked chicken salad sandwiches. While the quaint restaurant is known for its barbecue, its popularity is also due to its location where they have greeted visitors from near and far who are in search of an outdoor adventure. Located in Tellico Plains, Tenn., the gateway to the Cherohala Skyway, many visitors stop by to pack a picnic lunch before heading off on their adventure. A National Scenic Byway, the Cherohala Skyway is a 40-mile scenic roadway that crosses through Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina and features 15 scenic overlooks, picnic areas and trailheads for hiking. The town is also home to beautiful waterfalls, some of the best trout fishing in the country, plenty of hiking trails and horseback riding trails.

Barbecue connoisseurs will have to have to wait to sample the famous chicken barbecue and pork found at the next stop on the list. While barbecue is not traditionally thought of as an Irish delicacy, the annual Irish Picnic in McEwen, Tenn. is known for its barbecue. Held annually the last Friday and Saturday in July, the Irish Picnic is billed as the largest outdoor barbecue festival in the country.

, an online guide to explore authentic places and adventures that have been recommended by locals.


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