Preachers Smokehouse

Preacher's Smokehouse - No-Frills Hearty Tennessee BBQ
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

If you are looking for the best BBQ in the Smokies, you must try Preacher's Smokehouse. The meat is cooked the old-fashioned way and the meals have a rustic charm that you don't want to miss. 

- The Local Expert Team

Does the smell of good BBQ taunt you and lure you in? If it does, be sure to stop in at Preacher’s Smokehouse. This is a family-run BBQ restaurant, which often signals that it’s the best. The restaurant location is off the beaten path nestled in the mountains in Sevierville, just up the road from Wacky Tacky Tacos.

When dining at Preacher’s Smokehouse, find amazing home-style meals in a small and friendly environment. The menu is broad and there are weekday specials if you are looking for a deal.

The story of the Smokehouse is an interesting one. The owner, Sam grew up around many great cooks. He learned how to cook the old way, cooking meat over fire. After he spent 30 years in the construction industry, he decided to move on to something he had always enjoyed; cooking. At this restaurant, expect rough cooking. There are no frills, dressing, or garnishes. It’s just delicious, hearty food.

Sam is also the pastor at a small congregation that provides meals for ministry events and disaster relief meals. In 2016, there was a devastating wildfire in Sevier County. During this tragic event, Sam and his sons cooked for first responders and displaced families. He met many great people during this time who encouraged him to open a restaurant, so he did.

They cook with fire in two indirect cookers using only locally sourced hickory and applewood. In addition, they try to use as many local beef and pork products as possible. All recipes are unique to the smokehouse and the sauces are made in-house. You must try them all! At this restaurant, you are invited to slow down and enjoy the good things in life. If you are visiting the area, you are getting the real deal. This isn’t some chain restaurant, it’s simple, hearty Tennessee BBQ. Plus, the prices are affordable.

Here is a look at some of the most popular menu selections at Preacher’s Smokehouse:

For sandwiches, you can choose from pork, chicken, burnt ends, or brisket.

Meal Combo
If you have a lighter appetite, go for the meal combo. With this option, you can choose one meat from pork, chicken, burnt ends, smoked sausage, or chicken. For an upcharge, you can also choose brisket. This combo comes with two sides and a drink.

3 Meat Combo
If you are really hungry, go for the larger combo. This comes with your choice of three meats, two sides, and a drink. For an extra fee, you can add on three ribs.

You can order ribs only or a ribs combo with two sides and a drink.

Choices for sides include potato salad, slaw, green beans, baked beans, fries, brisket chili, macaroni and cheese, roasted corn, or Brunswick stew.

In addition to these menu choices, there are also chili cheese fries, a hog trough, which consists of chili cheese fries and one pulled meat, kids meals, drinks, and desserts. Desserts include banana pudding or a skillet bun. It’s a terrific experience to dine at the restaurant, especially outside because there is a terrific view. You can also order food to-go if you like.

Insider Tips:
-Be aware that this restaurant is only open for lunch and dinner Thursday through Saturday. Plan your trip wisely to make sure you have the chance to stop on one of those days. Call ahead if you want to confirm they are open.
-Use the restroom before you leave for the restaurant. There are no public restrooms available.
-Bring cash along. The owners appreciate it.