Thomason’s Barbecue

Worth driving from anywhere!

Kentucky food authority Louis Hatchett originally brought us to Thomason’s Barbecue for the beans, which are magnificent – rich and smoky, laced with shreds of meat and spiced like Kentucky Christmas. The barbecue is mighty fine, too.

Thomason’s barbecues everything: pork, mutton, beef, spare ribs, baby back ribs, chicken, ham, and turkey. You can get your choice of meat on a plate, which includes pickle, onion, bread and beans, on a tray, which includes only pickle, onion and bread, or in a sandwich. The pork is velvet-soft, moist and seductively smoky; mutton is sopped with gravy (known hereabouts as dip) and gentle-flavored.

I hadn’t noticed Thomason’s pies on earlier visits, but this time I did. Wow! Fragile-crusted coconut cream pie is a dreamy thing, crowned with cloud of weightless meringue. Chocolate has the same ethereal meringue atop a smooth, milky layer of lightweight chocolate. “Where do you get these pies?” I asked. The ladies behind the counter said they are made by a local lady, but they wouldn’t say who. As significant as the BBQ and beans are in this place, it’s the pie of which I am currently dreaming.

A simple, free-standing eatery with an order counter and a scattering of tables, Thomason’s does a big carry-out business, selling its specialties by the pound and gallon. On a shelf below the order counter are for-sale bottles of dip, which is a sauce with natural, au jus character.

What to Eat
Thomason’s Barbecue, Mutton Plate
Mutton Plate
A western Kentucky plate of beauty
Thomason’s Barbecue, Coconut Cream Pie
Coconut Cream Pie
Ethereal coconut cream pie: one of the best
Thomason’s Barbecue, Bar-B-Q beans
Bar-B-Q beans
Sweet, smoky beans, laced with pork
Thomason’s Barbecue, Bar-B-Q Dip
Bar-B-Q Dip
Dip for home barbecuists
Directions and Hours
closed now
Tuesday10am - 6pm
Wednesday10am - 6pm
Thursday10am - 6pm
Friday10am - 6pm
Saturday10am - 4pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 344 MILES | 5 hr 50 min

Covington to Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Roadfood Adventures are not just quests for great food wherever the road leads, but an invitation for travelers to connect that memorable food to the land, to its history…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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