I am interested in finding out whom the heavy weights are in the BBQ business in or around Knoxville, Tennessee. Any knowledgeable officianado Volunteers out there. Knoxville proper, within the city limits please. Mr. Smith, care to chime in sir? PM me if you prefer, please.
Pjoe is correct in stating that M&M is currently the best in Knoxville. They have very good slaw also. I have had their pulled pork and ribs. The ribs were great and the pulled pork was so so.
Every other players in Knoxville come in at a distant 3rd.
In my opinion only, the key to good BBQ is very complex and very difficult for any vendor to get right is fresh hot BBQ. Due to the difficulty of smoking, many if not most vendors smoke their BBQ in advance and reheat. I personally can always tell when they do that and in my opinion again, the quality of the BBQ is greatly diminished.
I have had two visits to M&M in Knoxville and they have many smokers working which is very labor intensive. I got there around noon and requested ribs right off the grill which I got and they were very good. I also liked their sauce which was great for dipping.
I do not care for reheated BBQ.
Paul E. Smith