• Chicken sandwich, with BBQ sauce, served with potato salad
  • Pulled pork, with BBQ sauce, hush puppies, baked beans, and coleslaw

smokin' since 1972!

About us

In 1966, Buddy Smothers invested in his wife LaMuriel's talent by helping her become the owner of her first restaurant, the Pixie Drive Inn in Seymour, Tennessee. Within a year business doubled, and Buddy soon quit the finance business to join LaMuriel in her newfound bar-b-q ambitions. With the help of their guests, they perfected the taste that would define Buddy's, from the dry rub and bar-b-q sauce to the delicious sides and desserts, including LaMuriel's famous lemon ice box pie. The first store with Buddy's name opened in 1972 at 5806 Kingston Pike in West Knoxville and has remained open at that location for over fifty years.

Today, Buddy's has 19 locations and is poised for continued expansion. With a focus on top-quality ingredients, Buddy's offers a menu suited for the most discerning bar-b-q palate. Our weekly specials, such as the regionally famous All-You-Can-Eat-Ribs every Saturday, draw in locals and tourists alike. We are also known for our Tuesday dinner special, which features your choice of pork, pulled chicken, ham, or turkey, a choice of two sides, a beverage, and hushpuppies—all starting at $7.49. The Buddy's brand has been woven into the fabric of the East Tennessee dining scene by consistently offering a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere where guests can dine comfortably. From classics like our pulled pork sandwich, smoky ribs, and tableside hushpuppies to new takes on American classics, like Hawg Back fries, Buddy's stays true to our roots, providing a great value to the community so each guest can have a smokin' good deal, every day.

From 1972 to today, Buddy's Bar-B-Q has opened expanded to serve East Tennessee


Hixson | 568 Northgate Mall Dr - Suite 101, Hixson, TN


Clinton | 2206 N Charles G Seivers Blvd., Clinton, TN


Bristol | 218 Stevens Trail, Bristol, TN


Cleveland | 678 Paul Huff Pkwy NW, Cleveland, TN


East Ridge | 619 Camp Jordan Pkwy, Suite 105, East Ridge, TN


Kingston | 417 N Kentucky St., Kingston, TN


Lenoir City | 1104 Hwy 321 N, Lenoir City, TN


Athens | 1718 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN


Morristown | 2271 W Andrew Johnson Hwy, Morristown, TN


Powell | 404 E Emory Rd, Powell, TN


Sevierville | 705 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Sevierville, TN


Farragut | 121 W End Ave., Farragut, TN


Oak Ridge | 328 S Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge, TN


Maryville | 2020 Bridgeway Dr, Maryville, TN


South | 4401 Chapman Hwy., Knoxville, TN


North | 4500 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN


East | 3700 Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, TN


World's Fair | Downtown Knoxville


West | 8402 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN


Bearden | 5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN