Why Puckett’s in Pigeon Forge Is One of the Best BBQ Spots in Town

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Puckett's in Pigeon Forge is best known for its Tennessee-style BBQ (photos by Alaina O'Neal/TheSmokies.com)

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The inside of Puckett’s in Pigeon Forge has a rustic-modern design. It’s soft, dim and woodsy and has a wall full of records, including some from Dolly Parton. 

It’s the kind of place where you’ll find guitars and cowboy hats on the wall, live music on select nights, and of course, delicious Southern BBQ.

Truthfully, I always have a great experience when I visit Puckett’s. Not only is the barbecue authentic comfort food, but I also love the featured live music in the down-home atmosphere.

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What is Puckett’s Grocery in Pigeon Forge?

Puckett’s began as a little grocery store in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. Today, is it a restaurant and entertainment venue, specializing in Southern staples and slow-smoked BBQ.

I find that in most cases, visitors come to a venue because of the food or because of the entertainment. And although they are not mutually exclusive, one is usually much better than the other.

But that is not the case at Puckett’s. Come for the music. Come back for the food. 

Sure, they have most things that could keep even the pickiest of eaters in the group happy: Burgers, sandwiches, salads and the works. But they’re known for that slow Memphis-style smoked meat. 

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Puckett’s also offers excellent take-out options (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Appetizers at Puckett’s in Pigeon Forge

The appetizers include your standard fare. Fried pickles, chicken tenders and nachos.

The nachos come with fresh tortilla chips, cowboy caviar, jalapeños, fresh cilantro, bbq drizzle and sour cream with fresh-made queso.

But if you want an authentic Puckett’s experience, go with the Pimento Cheese Bites, which are breaded, flash-fried and served with pepper jelly.

I also recommend an order of Bubba’s Bones, deep-fried baby back ribs tossed in their original BBQ sauce.

What about the burgers and sandwiches?

Puckett’s has a lot of variety when it comes to burgers and sandwiches, including everything from the Classic Cheeseburger to the Music City Hot Chicken Sandwich – which is authentically served on Texas toast with coleslaw and a house pickle on the side.

Another popular option is the Piggy Mac, cherry wood smoked pulled pork in an iron skillet. It is topped with white cheddar mac n’ cheese and crumbs of freshly made biscuits.

The Nashville Cheesesteak offers either smoked beef brisket or grilled chicken topped with bell peppers, onions, BBQ sauce and white cheddar cheese sauce on a hoagie bun.

And if you want a taste of the BBQ, which I do recommend, you can get the Puckett’s BBQ, which comes with pulled pork or beef brisket, slow-smoked with cherry wood. You can get it Memphis-style, which comes with slaw on top.

The Smoked Bologna is another great choice with thick-cut bologna on white bread with lettuce, tomato, pickle and mayo.

I ordered my Puckett’s BBQ sandwich with a side of skillet mac n’ cheese. Other home-cooked sides include sweet potato fries, cole slaw, collard greens, smashed sweet potatoes, French fries, mashed potatoes, potato salad, cowboy caviar, steamed broccoli and more.

The prices are moderate but good for the quality of the food. Sandwiches range from about $11.50-$15 at the time of this writing.

BBQ sandwich at Puckett's
The skillet macaroni and cheese was an upgrade, but worth it (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

What’s the best thing to order at Puckett’s?

I asked the staff, as one does, what the most popular dish is, and he pointed me to Puckett’s BBQ Platter. It’s part of their Tennessee Favorites and all of these classics come with two sides and a signature Cajun corn cake.

The other favorites include house-ground Smoked Meatloaf, Creole-fried Fresh Catfish, Country Fried Steak, Baby Back Ribs and the Whiskey Platter.

The Chicken Fried Chicken is a unique option that has tenderized chicken breasts battered, fried and topped with delicious white pepper gravy.

If you want the best of everything, try The Whole Farm, which has beef brisket, cherry wood-smoked pulled pork, smoked half chicken as well as baby back ribs.

These dishes range in price from about roughly $16-$34 at the time of this writing.

If you have room for dessert, ask about their Cobbler of the Day, featuring their famous cobbler with vanilla ice cream, made fresh daily.

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What about healthier options?

I don’t necessarily recommend going to a Tennessee BBQ establishment and ordering a salad. But, if you insist, we are not here to judge.

Puckett’s offers four salad options which can come with chicken and be ordered large or small. For example, they offer an Entree Salad and BBQ Taco Salad.

I’m a fan of the Country Cobb, which has romaine lettuce, onions, tomatoes, eggs, blue cheese crumbles, bacon and fried chicken.

I also like the Strawberry Spinach, featuring baby spinach leaves, heritage spring mix, strawberries, blue cheese crumbles and shaved red onion. It usually also comes with pecans.

You have a choice between their house-made dressings, which include balsamic vinaigrette, honey mustard, buttermilk ranch, BBQ chipotle ranch and blue cheese.

Does Puckett’s serve breakfast?

While there are plenty of breakfast places in Pigeon Forge, Puckett’s is not one of them. They open at 11 am daily at the time of this writing.

A musician plays at Puckett's in Gatlinburg
Billie Lafollette performing at Puckett’s in Pigeon Forge (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

Does Puckett’s have live music?

Not only does Puckett’s offer real food, it also offers a really fun atmosphere. As you plan your trip to Puckett’s, take a bit of extra time to check the music calendar.

Live music lovers will also be happy to note that Puckett’s in Pigeon Forge offers live music which often highlights local musicians.

Music typically begins at 7:30 pm. There is no cover, but tips are appreciated. For more events at Puckett’s, visit their calendar of events

Where did Puckett’s start?

Puckett’s roots began in the 1950’s as a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn.

Over the years, Puckett’s built a name on hosting live, local music and serving Southern staples. 

Who owns Puckett’s Grocery?

Puckett’s is part of the A. Marshall Hospitality family. The restaurant also has locations in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Murfreesboro and Chattanooga.

They also now have a location in Cullman, Alabama.

The Pigeon Forge location is conveniently located at 2480 Parkway. If you want a taste of Puckett’s, they are also now available on Goldbelly, which ships across the United States.

Have you been to Puckett’s in Pigeon Forge? Give us your feedback in the comments below!

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