Tennessee BBQ

When we arrived in Gatlinburg, TN and settled in at the Westgate Smoky Mountains Resort, we found their restaurant. It was called the Smokehouse Grill and it served “award-winning” barbecue (notice the quotes). When the waiter finally noticed us and listed the three beers they had on tap, we started off with some Fried Dill Pickles. They were crunchy but the batter was made of cornmeal and I thought it tasted weird and was not a successful dish. But, the spotlight of the meal was the Smokehouse Feast for Two and we ordered two of them because there were four of us. The ribs were falling off the bone, just the way I like them. They were zesty without too much spice and were moist but not fatty. Delicious, but not hot. They were only room temperature. The fried chicken was good, crunchy and moist, like the pulled pork that was piled on the side of the over-sized skillet. The brisket was the worst of the bunch because it was dry. The mac and cheese was good and gooey but it wasn’t anything serious and neither was the corn that was sprinkled on two sides with heavy spices. The highlight of the meal was obviously the ribs…and the fact that we paid $2.50 for a pint of Sam Adams Summer.

Smokehouse Grill, Westgate Smoky Mountains Resort, 915 Westgate Resorts Road, Gatlinburg, TN, 865.430.4800

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