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Sundancer7

Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Sat, 05/15/10 11:11 AM (permalink)
The top chef in Knoxville has totally refurbished a old Hardee's In Knoxville.  It is so different that you would not recoginize it.  It seats 90 on the inside and 120 on the outside.  He smokes his product on a huge smoker that sets on the outside.  It is a beautiful facility
 
Roz and I was extremely impressed.  I have been on the Knoxville scene for many  years and nothing in Knoxville ever never excited me.  I had their ribs and they were extremely crunchy on the outside and smooth as butter on the inside.  Their mac and cheese is made  using Benton's bacon ( many of you know Allen Benton expecially Al and Poverty) and they use scallions.  I did not care for their cole slaw though but the ribs were very good.  Somehow they smoke all day and insure that the prodcut is always fresh.  How they do it, I am not sure.  I got the small spare ribs for $8.95.  No sides.  I could only eat two of the four.
 
This is the only time I have ever suggested a BBQ in Knoxville but this is appearing like the real deal.  It is not a chain although the owner has a couple of other restaurants in Knoxville but not BBQ. 
 
http://www.rouxbarbeque.com/
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
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#1
    kaszeta

    Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Sat, 05/15/10 11:41 AM (permalink)
    Thanks.  I'll check this out on my next Oak Ridge trip.
     
    #2
      JRPfeff

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      Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Sat, 05/15/10 11:55 AM (permalink)
      Paul,

      Some of the best brisket I ever had was at the Lucky Rooster.  Remember that place?

      Whatever happened to the quality at Calhoun's?  When I lived in Knoxville in the mid-80's, Calhoun's had outstanding barbecue.  Last time I tried it they had [Insert Bad Word Here].

      Jim
       
      #3
        kaszeta

        Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Sat, 05/15/10 12:02 PM (permalink)
        Calhoun's was once decent?  They were crap by the time I lived there ('93-'95).
         
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          JRPfeff

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          Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Sat, 05/15/10 12:13 PM (permalink)
          kaszeta,

          The original Calhoun's on Kingston Pike used to have a pile of hickory out front and a real barbecue pit.  They won a national rib contest and were legitimately one of the best restaurants in the country for ribs.

          Jim
           
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            Sundancer7

            Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Sat, 05/15/10 12:20 PM (permalink)
            JRPfeff


            kaszeta,

            The original Calhoun's on Kingston Pike used to have a pile of hickory out front and a real barbecue pit.  They won a national rib contest and were legitimately one of the best restaurants in the country for ribs.

            Jim

             
            Calhoun's was very good almost 20 years ago.  Now they are a chain and the quality is not the same.  I still frequent them but it is not any where near what it was.  They have four restaurants in Knoxville, one in Pigeon Forge and one in Knoxville and one in somewhere close to Nashville.
             
            Knoxville has not had a good BBQ place in Knoxville in many years until RouxBarbecue.
             
            Paul E. Smith
            Knoxville, TN

             
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              carlton pierre

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              Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Sun, 05/23/10 6:26 PM (permalink)
              I've been hearing good things about Dead End BBQ on Sutherland Ave.  Looks like a nice place but have not been there yet.
               
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                Sundancer7

                Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Sun, 05/23/10 8:15 PM (permalink)
                carlton pierre


                I've been hearing good things about Dead End BBQ on Sutherland Ave.  Looks like a nice place but have not been there yet.

                 
                I would suggest RouXBarbeque.
                 
                 
                http://www.rouxbarbeque.com/
                 
                Paul E. Smith
                knoxville, TN

                 
                 
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                  carlton pierre

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                  Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Mon, 05/24/10 8:34 AM (permalink)
                  Paul, it appears Knoxville may finally have arrived on the BBQ scene with 2 good bbq houses.  Bruce Bogartz at Rouxbarbecue is considered the top chef in knoxville and whatever he touches turns to gold.  His menu looks outstanding and affordable.
                  Checkout www.deadendbbq.com as well.  Looks like a good place.  I
                  I'm just glad there are now 2 good places to get some q in town.  Rather exciting for ktown.
                   
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                    Sundancer7

                    Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Mon, 05/24/10 9:35 AM (permalink)
                    carlton pierre


                    Paul, it appears Knoxville may finally have arrived on the BBQ scene with 2 good bbq houses.  Bruce Bogartz at Rouxbarbecue is considered the top chef in knoxville and whatever he touches turns to gold.  His menu looks outstanding and affordable.
                    Checkout www.deadendbbq.com as well.  Looks like a good place.  I
                    I'm just glad there are now 2 good places to get some q in town.  Rather exciting for ktown.

                     
                    Deadend has more credibility that Bruce.  Deadend has won numerous awards through out the USA but It appears that Bruce has nailed it.  I sure did enjoy their products.
                     
                    Metropulse did a huge article on BBQ this week.  The paper highlights many of Knoxville's current BBQ places.
                     
                    http://www.metropulse.com/news/knoxville-summer-guide-2010/
                     
                    Paul E. Smith
                    Knoxville, TN
                     
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                      carlton pierre

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                      Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Mon, 05/24/10 12:54 PM (permalink)
                      I didn't realize Knoxville had so many BBQ places.  Great article.
                       
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                        Sundancer7

                        Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Mon, 05/24/10 5:23 PM (permalink)
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                        I didn't realize Knoxville had so many BBQ places.  Great article.

                         
                        I belong to the Mountain Miata Club and we have our monthly meeting at Sweet Pea's on the Old Maryville Hwy tonight.
                         
                        http://www.sweetpbbq.com/
                         
                        Paul E. Smith
                        Knoxville, TN

                         
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                          Heartbreaksoup

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                          Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Tue, 05/25/10 8:19 AM (permalink)
                          Me neither.  We come through Knoxville about twice a year and never seem to find any good BBQ.  Many years ago, I stopped into that local chain, Buddy's, and that must have soured me on the town's options.  Maybe next time we're in town, we can try Dead End... if I can pry my wife away from Pizza Palace anyway. 
                           
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                            carlton pierre

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                            Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Tue, 05/25/10 8:23 AM (permalink)
                            The website, Paul, makes it look interesting.   I want to try it out, especially breakfast.  Yet, my hunch is that you're not crazy about this place.  Is that correct?
                             
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                              carlton pierre

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                              Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Tue, 05/25/10 8:25 AM (permalink)
                              Heartbreak, I'm embarrassed to say I've lived here 17 years and have never been to the Pizza Palace.  What am I missing?
                               
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                                Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Tue, 05/25/10 9:01 AM (permalink)
                                Without derailing the thread too much, I think that spaghetti sauce is certainly among the best I've ever had, and it's my wife's favorite pizza in the world.  Personally, I don't think their pies are a patch on Atlanta's better pizzerias (Varasano's, LaBella's, Fellini's, Everybody's, Fritti), but they're certainly not bad.

                                There is a meat-n-three place across the street from Pizza Palace which claims to have "Bonesucking BBQ."  That was the other BBQ that I had in Knoxville.  It was so unmemorable that it wasn't until our second trip to Pizza Palace that I adjusted my glasses, stared long and hard at the place and remembered "Holy anna, I've been there!"
                                 
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                                  kaszeta

                                  Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Tue, 05/25/10 9:04 AM (permalink)
                                  I've never been impressed by the pizza at Pizza Palace.  It is, however, a somewhat interesting experience, since it's like going back in time, to an era of neon and drive-in restaurants.

                                  It's like my odd relationship with Big Ed's pizza in Oak Ridge.  The pizza isn't bad, but it's not great, either (and it's a solid contender for "greasiest pizza I've ever consumed"), but between the friendly service and a dose of nostalgia for my short time living in Oak Ridge, I still like to go there when I'm in town (the cheap pictures of beer don't hurt, either).

                                  http://offbeateats.blogsp...izza-oak-ridge-tn.html for a review I did sometime last year...
                                   
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                                    Sundancer7

                                    Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Tue, 05/25/10 1:10 PM (permalink)
                                    Heartbreaksoup


                                    Without derailing the thread too much, I think that spaghetti sauce is certainly among the best I've ever had, and it's my wife's favorite pizza in the world.  Personally, I don't think their pies are a patch on Atlanta's better pizzerias (Varasano's, LaBella's, Fellini's, Everybody's, Fritti), but they're certainly not bad.

                                    There is a meat-n-three place across the street from Pizza Palace which claims to have "Bonesucking BBQ."  That was the other BBQ that I had in Knoxville.  It was so unmemorable that it wasn't until our second trip to Pizza Palace that I adjusted my glasses, stared long and hard at the place and remembered "Holy anna, I've been there!"

                                    Chandlers is the place you are referring to.  About 10 years ago, these two black people lost their jobs and took every cent they had to start their restaurant.  In my opinion, they are not a BBQ place and more of a meat and two or three.  For some reason, the place stays packed.  Their food is definately soul food and tends to be tasty.  Cops eat there all the time.  I have only been there once and their fried chicken was very good.
                                     
                                    Pizza Palace was recently visited by Man Vs. Food Guy.  It has been there for way better than 50 years.
                                     
                                    Knoxville BBQ is definately on the upswing and it should be.  Knoxville has been without good BBQ for many years.
                                     
                                    Paul E. Smith
                                    Knoxville, TN

                                     
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                                      carlton pierre

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                                      Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Tue, 05/25/10 6:52 PM (permalink)
                                      The really neat place across the street is the Phillipine Connection.  Outstanding little joint that serves excellent Philipino food at a very low price and she has not raised her prices in years.
                                       
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                                        Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Wed, 06/2/10 6:29 AM (permalink)
                                        Paul,

                                        I just saw in the paper that Bruce Bogartz is no longer with Rouxbarbecue, either as chef or part owner.  Must've had a fallingout.  New chef is formerly with Regas.
                                         
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                                          Sundancer7

                                          Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Thu, 06/3/10 6:00 PM (permalink)
                                          carlton pierre


                                          Paul,

                                          I just saw in the paper that Bruce Bogartz is no longer with Rouxbarbecue, either as chef or part owner.  Must've had a fallingout.  New chef is formerly with Regas.

                                           
                                          I am sad to hear that.  I have no idea about the issue.  I had not heard that.
                                           
                                          Paul E. Smith
                                          Knoxville, TN
                                           
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                                            Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Mon, 06/7/10 11:30 AM (permalink)
                                            Paul,

                                            did you make it to the Biscuit Festival this past weekend in downtown Knox?
                                             
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                                              Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Mon, 06/7/10 6:03 PM (permalink)
                                              Carl
                                               See the thread on the Roadfood News Forum for an article about the festival
                                               
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                                                Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Tue, 06/8/10 7:38 AM (permalink)
                                                I just now saw it, Al.  I don't know of any other city having a biscuit festival.  It was a lot of fun and a bigger success than anticipated.
                                                 
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                                                  Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Tue, 06/22/10 10:04 AM (permalink)
                                                      First time I went to RouXBarbeque the "Q" was chopped, even though it said pulled.  They also had a hard chewy bun made by Hogan's.  The sauce, to me, was vile.  They changed the bun and meat the second time I went but the sauce was the same.  Both times I went the smoker was "for show" as they cooked all their meat at the smokehouse next to Bogartz.  Maybe now that Bogart left it will get better.  BTW, if you are over 5 feet tall, do not try to sit outside.  Tall benches, low tables.


                                                   
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                                                    Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Tue, 06/29/10 3:52 PM (permalink)
                                                    Wife and I ate at Dead End BBQ after church this past Sunday.  Very nice atmosphere and very attentive staff.  I had the beef brisket and sausage, she had the pulled pork and bbq chicken.  They were all very good.  I had the potato salad and sausage and beans for my sides.  The beans were like a bean soup with sausage.  I thought it was very good and so was the potato salad.  I'd certainly go back again.
                                                     
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                                                      Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Tue, 06/29/10 9:05 PM (permalink)
                                                      Whatever happened to M and M Catering? They used to be delicious when it came to 'que.
                                                       
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                                                        Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Sun, 07/18/10 8:39 AM (permalink)
                                                        Sundancer7


                                                        The top chef in Knoxville has totally refurbished a old Hardee's In Knoxville.  It is so different that you would not recoginize it.  It seats 90 on the inside and 120 on the outside.  He smokes his product on a huge smoker that sets on the outside.  It is a beautiful facility
                                                         
                                                        Roz and I was extremely impressed.  I have been on the Knoxville scene for many  years and nothing in Knoxville ever never excited me.  I had their ribs and they were extremely crunchy on the outside and smooth as butter on the inside.  Their mac and cheese is made  using Benton's bacon ( many of you know Allen Benton expecially Al and Poverty) and they use scallions.  I did not care for their cole slaw though but the ribs were very good.  Somehow they smoke all day and insure that the prodcut is always fresh.  How they do it, I am not sure.  I got the small spare ribs for $8.95.  No sides.  I could only eat two of the four.
                                                         
                                                        This is the only time I have ever suggested a BBQ in Knoxville but this is appearing like the real deal.  It is not a chain although the owner has a couple of other restaurants in Knoxville but not BBQ. 
                                                         
                                                        http://www.rouxbarbeque.com/
                                                         
                                                         
                                                        Sundancer,  hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Rouxbarbecue announced it is closing, or has already closed. 
                                                         
                                                        Paul E. Smith
                                                        Knoxville, TN


                                                         
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                                                          carlton pierre

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                                                          Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Sun, 07/18/10 8:40 AM (permalink)
                                                          Sundancer,  Rouxbarbecue announced it is closing, and in fact has already closed.
                                                           
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                                                            Re:Knoxville, TN has finaaly got a good BBQ Mon, 01/3/11 5:18 PM (permalink)
                                                            JRPfeff


                                                            Paul,

                                                            Some of the best brisket I ever had was at the Lucky Rooster.  Remember that place?

                                                            Whatever happened to the quality at Calhoun's?  When I lived in Knoxville in the mid-80's, Calhoun's had outstanding barbecue.  Last time I tried it they had [Insert Bad Word Here].

                                                            Jim

                                                            How the mighty have fallen. On my last trip to Knoxville three weeks ago, I ate at Calhouns and the barbeque was literally inedible. The ribs were tough and dry, with no hint of a smoky taste. I had to send it back. The next night I searched for Rouxbarbeque, only to discover that the place had closed due, apparently, to a dispute between the chef, Bruce Bogertz, and his partner. Fortunately, Bogertz has another Knoxville location, Rouxbarb, www.rouxbarbfood.com , and I went there. The barbeque sampler was among the best I have had anywhere, with huge portions of pork spare ribs and chicken. The meat was so good that it didn't need sauce, and, accordingly, no sauce was provided. The other dishes offered looked good, also, but when I go back later this week on my next trip to Knoxville, it will be for the barbeque.
                                                             
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