Best Gatlinburg Barbecue: The Hungry Bear BBQ Restaurant

The Best BBQ Restaurant in Gatlinburg 

Whoa!  No kidding… this place is spectacular!  The best barbecue restaurant in Gatlinburg is hands down the Hungry Bear BBQ just across the road from Carr’s Cottages’ back entrance.  You will know you’re close when your mouth starts watering from the smoky smells wafting through the air.

Gatlinburg Best BBQ Restaurant - The Hungry Bear BBQ

Tell Them Carr’s Sent Ya!

This is not your typical restaurant.  The Hungry Bear is located in a blue house with a big white porch and HUGE smoker off to the side.  When you enter, you’ll be greeted by the sweet scent of what’s cookin and probably a ‘be right with ya’ from Laurie.  Laurie is a staple at Hungry Bear who works most every day serving guests & stirring up homemade potato salad and coleslaw.

The main area of the ‘restaurant’ is where you’ll find the big white board menu beside the fireplace, and plenty of chips and cold drinks including bottled Cherrwine and Pepsi on ice.  If you’re like us and have a hard time deciding what to choose, mix and match!  (We ordered TWO sandwiches instead of just one because making the choice between the smoked chicken and the pulled pork was way too difficult.)

After ordering, take a look around into the quaint dining rooms or have a seat outside on the picnic table.  Both inside and out are quite relaxing and comfortable, and clean.  It didn’t take us but a minute to notice and appreciate the “94” Health Score posted on the wall!   If you get a chance, say hello to Paul.  He’s the nice man doing ‘the heavy lifting’ and cooking up the succulent meat you’re about to sink your teeth into.

It won’t take long for your meal to be ready, so listen for a yell or watch for Laurie to bring it to you.  On the table is your choice of bbq sauces so go ahead and dig right in!

Our meal was terrific from start to finish… from our sandwiches to the homemade red potato salad, to the pleasant conversations with Laurie and Paul.  We were so impressed by how proud of the Hungry Bear that they are and how much they enjoy their job, and that was BEFORE we ate the food.  They both take a lot of pride in their quality food and hospitality, and it shows.

Just to give you a little sampling, here is a portion of the Hungry Bear BBQ menu:

Best BBQ Gatlinburg

Smoked Goodness!


  • Pulled Pork
  • Rib
  • Chicken
  • Beef Brisket
  • Sausage


  • Baked Beans
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Potato Salad
  • Cole Slaw
  • Green Beans
  • Brunswick Stew
  • Macaroni n Cheese

Picnic Packs:

  • Pork / 2 Pints of Sides / Buns
  • Beef / 2 Pints of Sides / Buns
  • Quartered Chicken / 2 Pints of Sides / Rolls
  • Slabs of Ribs  / 2 Pints of Sides / Rolls

The Hungry Bear is open 7 days a week in season and the hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday.  (Off season hours may vary.)  They offer daily specials, dinner platters and a kid’s menu available for dine in or carry out.  The picnic packs are ideal for taking into the National Park or bringing back to Carr’s to enjoy by the creek.  You will not be disappointed.  Be sure to drop a little something in the tip jar and tell ‘em Carr’s sent ya before you go.

For menu questions or call ahead ordering, call 865-325-1084.

Carrs Recommends Hungry Bear BBQ in Gatlinburg

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