Well-loved brands like Bush Beans, Stokely brand foods, Mayfield ice cream, Pictsweet vegetables and Jimmy Dean sausage are all part of the Tennessee tradition. Our tradition also stands as the barbecue capital, ham heaven and catfish kingdom.
Cooked low and slow, the best barbecue is almost like religion. It moves people to tears, satisfies the soul and sets off a lot of argument. The only argument necessary, however, will be to declare your favorite kind of Tennessee barbecue.
Grilled or fried, blackened or battered, Tennessee’s catfish have a following across the state and around the world. Across the street from Reelfoot State Park’s visitor center, Boyette’s Dining Room draws diners from a four-state area for its legendary catfish dinners.
If it’s biscuits or cornbread you’re after, visit Knoxville and eat at The Lunch House for some of their famous fried cornbread cakes. Make it a meal with Tennessee’s country ham from Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams & Bacon in Madisonville, Tripp Country Hams in Brownsville and Clifty Farm in Paris.
Catfish and hush puppies; barbecue like you’ve never known before; cornbread: crisp, crumbly, warm and savory; country ham and angel-soft biscuits, comforting and soulful, like your best and oldest friend. It’s all right here in Tennessee.