Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que in Gatlinburg: A Comprehensive Review

Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que in Gatlinburg: A Comprehensive Review

AustinPublished: May 15, 2024
Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que in Gatlinburg: A Comprehensive Review

Venturing into the heart of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, we had the pleasure of experiencing Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que—a name synonymous with quality smoked meats and cozy dining, not just in Gatlinburg but around the world.

During our visit, we focused on evaluating five key aspects of the restaurant: Meat Quality and Preparation, Sauce & Seasoning, Side Dishes, Atmosphere and Cleanliness, and Service and Value. 

After stuffing our faces, here's our take on each.

Meat Quality and Preparation: The Heart of the Feast

The true test of any barbecue restaurant lies in the quality and preparation of its meats, and Bennett's stands out brilliantly in this regard.

The smoked sausage and baby back ribs were memorable, with the ribs effortlessly falling off the bone — a true hat tip to their meticulous smoking process. Easily some of the ribs we’ve ever had.

The burnt ends, a house specialty as they claim, offered a succulent, smoky flavor that was both rich and satisfying. Each meat, from the pulled pork to the beef brisket, was tender and well-cooked, showcasing the skill behind the grill.

Right out of the gates, the food was there to impress. However, we would like to break out some other areas as well.

Sauce & Seasoning: A Symphony of Flavors

Bennett's offers a variety of sauces that complement their meats wonderfully.

Each sauce, from the rich and tangy to the subtly sweet, enhances the natural flavors of the smoked meats without overpowering them.

The standout was undoubtedly the house barbecue sauce, which paired perfectly with the brisket and ribs. We’re not sure what was in it, but it was a perfect balance of tangy and sweet with each bite. We really liked how thick it was as well. Watery sauces just don’t do it for us.

It's clear that Bennett understands the balance of seasoning, allowing the quality of the meat to shine through.

Side Dishes: More than Just an Afterthought

Many BBQ reviews overlook the sides, which we can’t blame them for. You get so fixated on the main course of delicious meats that you often forget that there’s more to the place than just what goes on the grill.

With that, the side dishes at Bennett’s are a step above the typical barbecue accompaniments. The deep-fried corn was a delightful surprise, offering a crispy, savory twist to a traditional favorite.

The bar-b-que beans had a deep, smoky flavor that tied in nicely with the main courses. Additionally, the hand-made biscuit served as a comforting, buttery companion to the richer, meaty dishes.

Although the sides were delicious, they were not the best we’ve had. 

Atmosphere and Cleanliness: A Cozy Retreat

Walking into Bennett's, we were greeted by a warm, rustic ambiance highlighted by wooden accents and red-and-white checkered tablecloths. A classic BBQ joint!

The holiday decorations added a cheerful touch, making the space feel welcoming.

The restaurant was impeccably clean, maintaining a neat and tidy dining area that made our meal all the more enjoyable. That’s something most barbeque places can’t boast. It’s almost like they take pride in being untidy and nasty, but not at Bennett’s. They're easily one of the cleanest BBQ places we've been to in a while.

Service and Value: Welcoming and Worth It

The staff at Bennett’s were friendly and knowledgeable, eager to share recommendations and insights into the menu. After all, we’ve never been there before.

Their familiarity with the offerings added a personal touch to our dining experience you just don’t get at other places.

Considering the massive portions and the high quality of food, the pricing was reasonable, particularly if sharing dishes as recommended by the staff.

The value for money here is nothing short of excellent, making Bennett’s a great option for both families and groups. Just keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need to buy a whole plate of food for each person; you can definitely share as they go big on their plates.

Final verdict: Must-Visit for Barbecue Lovers

  • Overall Rating: 4.7 stars

Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que stands out as a must-visit destination in Gatlinburg for anyone craving authentic smoked barbecue.

The combination of expertly prepared meats, perfectly balanced sauces, satisfying sides, and a welcoming atmosphere ensures a delightful dining experience.

It’s clear why this spot has earned its reputation: it’s not just about the food, but the feeling of enjoying a great meal in good company. That’s why we’re going to give them a solid 4.7 out of 5.0 stars. The sides could’ve been a bit better, but overall, they absolutely knocked the ball out of the park.

Whether you're a local or a tourist, make sure to stop by Bennett's—you won’t be disappointed.



Professional Backyard Chef

Austin, a trained chef and graduate of the The Art Institute of Washington, has a deep passion for locally sourced ingredients. He spent several years working in farm-to-table restaurants, forging relationships with local farmers and learning about the benefits of fresh, local produce. As a regular contributor to various food and lifestyle magazines, Austin specializes in creating delicious, seasonal recipes for the backyard bistro. His dedication to local ingredients helps readers discover new flavors while supporting their local economy.