3584 Parkway | Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 | (865) 453-7427
There are a few food staples traditional to the South that you just shouldn’t pass up on when you come for a visit. One of those is that slow-cooked, hand-pulled, falling-off-the-bone deliciousness we call barbecue! And one Pigeon Forge restaurant has been serving up some of the best barbecue in town since its first restaurant location opened in Memphis over 30 years ago. That restaurant is Corky’s Ribs & BBQ.
Located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Corky’s Ribs & BBQ is the place to go to find “A Taste of Hog Heaven” in Pigeon Forge. Serving Memphis-style smoked ribs and hand-pulled, sauce-slathered barbecue, Corky’s has been ranked one of the top 20 restaurants in Pigeon Forge and received a “Cerfiticate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor. They’ve even been voted #1 for best barbecue!
Come see what all the fuss is about by visiting this family-friendly joint during your next Pigeon Forge getaway. You can bring the kids, take food home for a small group, or even cater a large-group meal or a special event with the variety of options at Corky’s Ribs & BBQ. Oh, and you can even FedEx the BBQ to your home!
What’s on the Menu
Of course, the specialty of Corky’s Ribs & BBQ is in the name—ribs! Corky’s Memphis-style ribs are cooked to perfection—that is, low and slow over hickory and charcoal. In fact, ALL their meats are cooked this way and then served according to your preference—either dry or wet. If you want your ribs wet, they’ll come to your table slathered in Corky’s original barbecue sauce. Is your mouth watering yet? Each order of ribs also comes with 2 of their Smokin’ Sides for a delicious dining experience your belly will be sure to thank you for!
But ribs aren’t the only mouth-watering items on the menu at Corky’s Ribs & BBQ. For other ideas on what you can order when you visit Corky’s Ribs & BBQ, check out the list below:
- Salads and Spuds—If a big plate of ribs isn’t your style, try a big plate of greens instead. The House Salad comes with mixed greens, tomatoes, and red onions topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, and croutons. Or you can have the best of both worlds by getting a Stacked Salad, which includes everything in the House Salad as well as your choice of BBQ pulled pork, BBQ pulled chicken, shredded turkey, crispy chicken tenders, or grilled chicken breast heaped on top. You can also order the BBQ Spud for another delicious way to enjoy Corky’s famous hand-pulled barbecue.
- Sandwich Platters—Besides BBQ sandwiches, Corky’s has some all-American favorites like the Great American Bacon Cheeseburger, a Philly Cheese Steak, and a Chicken Philly. They also have some Corky’s originals like the Cheesy-Q (BBQ pulled pork, mac & cheese, and white American cheese grilled on Texas toast) and the Beale Street Burger (half-pound beef burger topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and—you guessed it—pulled pork).
- BBQ Dinners—If you’re coming just for some good-ole fashioned barbecue, then try one of Corky’s BBQ dinner plates. They have a variety of meats to choose from, including smoked sausage, smoked chicken, pulled pork, pulled chicken, beef brisket, smoked turkey, and grilled BBQ chicken breast. They also have a unique dinner plate called “Corky’s BBQ & Spaghetti Dinner.” Yes, you read that right! This dish offers traditional spaghetti served with their homemade meat sauce and a side of BBQ pulled pork.
- Corky’s Specials—Although Corky’s is definitely known for its barbecue, some of its other popular dinner items won’t be coming off a smoker. These specialty plates include Italian Spaghetti, served with homemade meat sauce, Golden Fried Shrimp, and the ever-popular Southern Fried Catfish. Enjoy catfish fillets rolled in cornmeal and Corky’s special blend of seasonings as well as hushpuppies and savory Southern sides. This is a full plate of food to please even the hungriest guest during your Pigeon Forge getaway.
Dining with Small Group/Families
If you’re traveling to Pigeon Forge with a small group of friends or your family, Corky’s Ribs & BBQ is a great restaurant to try for a casual meal where you’re guaranteed not to leave hungry. You might want to try Corky’s after spending the day hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If hiking isn’t your thing, you can enjoy the great outdoors by checking out bike trails around Cades Cove or through the Foothills. Or maybe your group would rather cool things down with a canoe ride down the Big Pigeon River.
However you decide to have fun in Smoky Mountains, you’ll be ready to load up on protein after burning off all those extra calories. So bring your group to Corky’s Ribs & BBQ, where you can try it all with their Smokehouse dinner combo. The Smokehouse will easily feed 5 to 6 adults, offering a full rack of ribs, 1 pound of pulled pork, 2 chicken halves, corn on the cob, seasoned French fries, BBQ baked beans, and your choice of cole slaw or their “ultimate” twice-baked potato salad. This is plenty of food to feed your family—you might even have enough for leftover barbecue in the cabin the next day!
Drive-Thru Option for Picnics or Dining in Your Cabin
To make things even more convenient for you during your Pigeon Forge getaway, Corky’s Ribs & BBQ has a drive-thru option for those who want to order their food on the go. If you’re wanting to have a family picnic in the beauty of the Smoky Mountains but don’t feel like cooking, Corky’s makes it easy. Simply stop by their restaurant, order what you want, and drive to your favorite picnic locale in the national park.
You can also take your to-go order back to your Pigeon Forge cabin. Many of our cabins come with outdoor eating spaces, even private picnic tables on the back deck. Or if the weather is less than ideal, you can always use the indoor dining table that comes with your cabin. Eating with friends and family in the comfort of your cabin is just one of those Smoky Mountain experiences restaurants can’t match—especially if you’re staying in one of our cabins with impressive mountain views!
Catering for Large Group Events
Another exciting option Corky’s Ribs & BBQ has to offer is their catering menu. If you’re planning a large-group event in Pigeon Forge—maybe a rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, company picnic, or family reunion—be sure to check out Corky’s catering menu for your large group event. You can choose from four different options (The Original, Beale Street, The Memphis, or The Ultimate Feast), and prices vary depending on whether you can pick up the food, want it delivered, or want the full-service catering option.
Corky’s Ribs & BBQ even caters during the holiday season, offering hams, turkeys, and made-from-scratch fixins’ for your family to enjoy. So if you’re planning on traveling to Pigeon Forge for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, don’t bother with making all the food yourself. Let Corky’s do the work instead so you can spend more time enjoying friends and family and those beautiful mountains you traveled all the way to East Tennessee to see!