Favorite places to eat is a subject with as many different opinions as there are restaurants. There are several bar-b-que shops in the Pig/forge and Gat/burg area. I haven't been to all of them, but a few that I HAVE, are CALHOUNS in Pig/forge. In my opinion, their other menu was much better than their bar-b-que sandwich. BENNETT'S pulled pork sandwich was mediocre, but no slaw or hot sauce was included. But their fried pickles were fantastic. I know CORKIES bar -b-que is a "chain restaurant" but they had the best, tastiest sandwich and the most flavorable bar-b-que sauce and it came with slaw. You'll just have to try them out or yourself and form your own opinion.....then add your name to that long list of opinions.
Tony Gores bbq in Sevierville is very good, we have not had anything bad at that place, it is not a fancy place, but it is a bbq place
Clints Bbq is really good and we had great service there.
I agree, Corkys beats Bennets any day. we also like Litle River BBQ over in Townsend. Makes a great stop after visiting Cade's Cove and is on the River at the end of the tube run.
If you want ribs Calhouns is the best. There pulled pork is also great but we like Bennett's too.
If you really like ribs and a lot of them, Corky's offers an all-you-can-eat option for about $18-$20. They serve them wet or dry (dry is seasoned with a rub, which I think is quite tasty. They also offer an ayce pork and chicken dinner for about $15-$16.
Clints has been closed since just after xmas 2013.
Hungry Bear BBQ in Gatlinburg or Pittman Center. very good pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs etc. great side to choose from. I you go to the Pittman Center location (US 321 heading North out of downtown Gatlinburg) you are near the Greenbrier section of the park. Nice to eat on a big rock in the middle of the river.