We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fat Buddies Ribs & BBQ


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2017, 2019 Winner


American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service

Location and contact


Full loaf 7.75
Half loaf 5.75
Fat Buddies' Onion Loaf
Thinly sliced onions, deep fried to a golden brown a fun way to start your dinner & plenty to share! Served w/ chuck's spicy ranch.
Cheesy Bacon Fries
Served‎ w/ ranch or spicy ranch a real treat
Half order that's a lot! 6.50
Full order more to share 9.50
Carolina Chicken Tenders
All the flavor without the new york mess! Chicken tenders served naked, mild, hot or nuclear w/ bleu cheese dressin' & celery. New! Sweet glazed or grilled tenders.
Half order 4.50
Full order 7.25
Fresh Fried Mushrooms
Juicy,‎ fresh mushrooms, lightly breaded, deep fried & served w/ chuck's spicy ranch
The Starting Line Sampler
Small onion loaf, mushrooms & chicken tenders
Half rack 10.49
Full rack 15.99
Rack 20.99
Half rack 20.99
Basket of Baby Back Ribs
Fat buddies' slow smoked ribs squeal w/ flavor. So tender we guarantee you'll never pick up a knife!
Half 4.00
Whole 6.50
Fried Dill Pickles
Potato Skins
French fries
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Cole Slaw
Baked Potato
Cheese +0.85
Sub-Baked Potato
Baked Sweet Potato
Sub Baked Sweet Potato
Garlic Bread
3 pieces
Your choice of any of fat buddies' homemade salad dressin's: bleu cheese, ranch, chuck's spicy ranch, thousand island vinegar & oil, or honey mustard & served w/ our thick-sliced garlic bread.
"On the Greens"
Fresh garden greens w/ your choice of one:smoked turkey, beef, beef brisket or pulled pork
Chicken in the Garden
Fat buddies' fresh garden salad topped w/ a grilled chicken breast that's brushed w/ honey BBQ sauce.
Carolina Chicken Tenders Salad
Chicken tenders top a fresh garden salad. Tenders may be served naked, mild, hot or nuclear!
Fat Buddies' Garden Salad
Fresh spring greens & fresh garden vegetables are a real mountain treat - served in a large salad bowl.
Fat Buddies' Special Turkey Salad
Turkey salad on a bed of lettuce w/ tomatoes & onions - w/ captain's wafers on the side.
Cup 3.25
Bowl 5.25
Black-Eye Pea
Loaded w/ black-eyed peas, onions, taters, beef & pork it's our original recipe!
Cup 3.25
Bowl 5.25
Brunswick Stew
Originally from brunswick county virginia, this squirrel & onion stew was all the rage in 1828. we make ours w/ loads of garden vegetables & chicken, beef & pork.
Fat Buddies' Sandwiches
regular sandwiches served on a toasted bun. big 'un sandwiches served on thick-sliced garlic bread French fries buddy-up to both.
Big'un 7.35
Regular 6.35
Pulled pork additional +0.50
BBQ Pork
Tender smoked pork, sliced thin & laid on thick!
Big'un 7.35
Regular 6.35
BBQ Beef
Slow wood smokin' makes for the best flavor
Big'un 7.85
Regular 6.99
Beef Brisket Sandwich
Slow wood smokin' makes for the best flavor
Big'un 7.85
Regular 6.99
Smoked Turkey
You‎ never knew turkey could be so good
Big'un 7.85
Regular 6.99
Turkey Salad Sandwich
Served w/ fries.
Fried Chicken Sandwich
Crispy‎ chicken breast served naked, mild, hot or nuclear. You'll climb mountains for this one.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Boneless chicken breast brushed w/ honey BBQ sauce. Grilled to perfection.
Grilled Turkey & Cheese
Smoked‎ sliced turkey & cheese melts together into a real southern favorite.
The Belly Bustin' Dawg
A whole 1/4 pound hot dawg served on a toasted bun.
straight from fat buddies bbq pit, our smokin' dinners will put you in hog heaven! all finish line, fat buddies' smokin' combo, s & rack attacks are served w/ thick sliced garlic bread & your choice of any two: potato salad, French fries, cole slaw, applesauce, baked beans or vegetable of the day.
Pulled pork +0.50
Beef brisket +0.50
Salad +2.75.
BBQ Pork or Beef Dinner
You'll think pigs fly when you try our tender juicy wood-smoked pork or beef.
Salad +2.75.
Beef Brisket Dinner
Slow smoked & tender w/ a unique & special flavor.
White meat +1.00
Salad +2.75.
BBQ Chicken Dinner*
A tender 1/2 chicken, basted in fat buddies' honey BBQ sauce. Lip-lickin' good.
Salad +2.75.
Smoked Turkey Dinner
Wood-smoked turkey, sliced thin & laid on thick! A real mountain favorite.
Salad +2.75.
Fat Buddies' Jumbo Fried Shrimp
Hand breaded w/ our own special recipe, these jumbo shrimp are squealin' good.
12 oz 19.99
16 oz 22.99
Salad +2.75.
Rib-Eye Steaks
Mouth-waterin', hootin' hollerin', good eatin'! Hand-cut & chargrilled w/ a special blend of chuck's spices, this is the steak lover's heaven on earth! Ask your server about a "judy" steak.
Served w/ the same goodies as the finish line dinners.
White meat +1.00
Lyle's Mountain-Ranch Special
2‎ racks of baby back ribs & 1/2 a chicken, plus 3 sides & 3 slices of garlic bread.
White meat +1.00
Baby Back Rib Combo
Full rack of smoked baby back ribs
Carolina Coast & Mountains
Fat buddies' jumbo fried shrimp combined w/ a 1/2 rack of baby back ribs.
Steak & Shrimp
A 12 oz. Hand-cut rib-eye steak combined w/ jumbo fried shrimp. A real favorite!
Pulled pork 30.99
Turkey 30.99
Beef brisket 30.99
White meat +1.00
Fat Buddies' Pig-Out for Two
try it all w/ this picnic for two. ya'll get 1/2 chicken*, 1/4 lb. pork, 1/4 lb. beef, & a full rack of baby back ribs w/ two orders of each: French fries, baked beans, cole slaw & garlic toast.
Served w/ the same goodies as the finish line dinners
1 Full Rack of Smoked Baby Back Ribs
So sweet & tender, the meat falls right off the bone. Slow wood smokin' & steady bastin' gives fat buddies' ribs the flavor of the south
1-1/2 Racks of Smoked Baby Back Ribs.
More of the best
Reviews (463)
Filter reviews
463 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Traveler rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews ribs baked beans pulled pork spicy ranch chicken brunswick stew nc bbq apple sauce cole slaw sandwich steak fall off the bone strip mall food was great north carolina franklin area sides
Selected filters
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 463 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food served is most often delivered at the back door by food vendors, precooked in a bag. Service is good but wait till you get the bill, up charges on many favorites and if you use a credit card be prepared for a service...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Sk D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything at Fat Buddies is decent enough, but nothing to write home about... I had a chopped pork sandwich that I enjoyed, but it can't hold a candle to some of the better barbecue sandwiches I have had -- most notably Franklin Barbecue and the...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Doc D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While in Franklin on business a local recommended Fat Buddies for lunch. My wife had the ribs which she said were some of the best she had eaten. I had the brisket plate and it was cooked perfect. Service and fast and friendly. We will...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Oonna H
Reviewed September 13, 2019

I dont normally do reviews, but for Fatbuddies I'll do anything. I grew up in Franklin after moving there in 98. When fat buddies opened it became not only mine but my families favorite place to go. So needless to say when I moved back...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Brittany F
Reviewed September 4, 2019

This place has great BBQ and is very consistent in terms of the high quality. I highly recommend Fat Buddies.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank justmeinwnc
Reviewed August 4, 2019

Returned two years later just to hopefully remind myself just how good there ribs are and i was not disappointed at all. I had forgotten how many local beers they had on there menu and enjoyed them as well. My wife drove when we left.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank john e
Reviewed July 19, 2019

Has good BBQ and the Brunswick Stew is our favorite.Do not get the Hush Puppies they are not good.Servers is very good.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank waltermitchell
Reviewed July 14, 2019 via mobile

We visited here while camping in Franklin, NC. The food was good. The meat was great and the fries, slaw, and applesauce was average. We liked our food. We normally eat at Fat Buddies. We will continue to try it at different locations.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank nerak50
Reviewed July 11, 2019

First time visiting. the bbq half chicken was to die for. Service could have been better. I had to ask for a refill for myself and then again for my husband. The food is worth coming back a second time. Will be back.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank LoriAllen1234
Reviewed July 4, 2019 via mobile

Our server Cortney was excellent, the place was busy, yet never an empty glass, she took very good care of us. The food was very good, we got the dinner for two. Ribs were very tasty, beef brisket was ok, not award winning, but good....More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank 3712ken
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 12 nearby hotels
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Franklin
921 reviews
.53 miles away
Carolina Motel
358 reviews
1.75 miles away
Colonial Inn
199 reviews
2.28 miles away
Sapphire Inn
72 reviews
2.28 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 107 nearby restaurants
Rizzo's Bakery and Bistro
67 reviews
.88 miles away
471 reviews
.49 miles away
96 reviews
.60 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 56 nearby attractions
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
169 reviews
.48 miles away
Big Laurel Falls
38 reviews
.40 miles away
Franklin Golf Course
9 reviews
.25 miles away
The Factory Franklin
170 reviews
.58 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
November 14, 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Elizabeth A | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to say, but I don't recall their dessert choices. Crazy as it sounds, I rarely order a dessert. I would suggest checking the menu on their website.
Eugene S
November 5, 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from NCluvtrav | Reviewed this property |
So sorry, our family does not require any special dietary needs so I did not pay close attention. I would give them a quick call.
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing