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Ridgewood Barbecue

900 Elizabethtown Highway, Bluff City, TN - (423) 538-7543
Posted By Chad Tindell on 6/18/2003 9:03:00 AM
First let me say, I love barbecue. I've lived in Knoxville, TN all my life, except for 3 years away in law school in Memphis, TN. Lots of great barbecue in Memphis. And, I've sampled from quite a few other places around. And my favorite of all is the Ridgewood. The sliced pork is the best. They smoke all the meat in the smokehouse next to the restaurant, keep it heated up in piles on a grill and smother it with that wonderul sauce.

I've read reviews of "regular" folks and barbecue afficianados, and the consensus is, don't miss a chance to go. Some say 'best on the planet', some just plain ole fabulous. I know this is high priase to live up to, but I've never been disappointed. And never has the dozens of folks I've taken on the pilgrimage.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Mostly what you see are French fries -- delicious, hot-from-the-kettle fries -- but beneath them is a heap of smoky pork slices bathed in tongue-tingling sauce.
"Mostly what you see are French fries -- delicious, hot-from-the-kettle fries -- but beneath them is a heap of smoky pork slices bathed in tongue-tingling sauce. "
Michael Stern





Smoky, sweet, and laced with meat, Ridgewood's beans are a must-eat side dish.
"Smoky, sweet, and laced with meat, Ridgewood's beans are a must-eat side dish."
Michael Stern


Just north of the restaurant is this smoky building where hams are slow-smoked over hickory wood for hours.
"Just north of the restaurant is this smoky building where hams are slow-smoked over hickory wood for hours."
Michael Stern


The sandwiches are huge and definitely sharable. Order one plate of fries for every 2-3 people.
"The sandwiches are huge and definitely sharable. Order one plate of fries for every 2-3 people."
Rae Augenstein


This is the view from a booth near the kitchen:  a beef sandwich and a pork plate, just assembled by the cook and ready to be carried to a table -- OUR table, we pray!
"This is the view from a booth near the kitchen: a beef sandwich and a pork plate, just assembled by the cook and ready to be carried to a table -- OUR table, we pray!"
Michael Stern


Although it is far off the beaten path, the Ridgwood is almost always crowded.  Expect to wait at peak mealtimes.
"Although it is far off the beaten path, the Ridgwood is almost always crowded. Expect to wait at peak mealtimes."
Michael Stern



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