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BBQ has always been in Archer Bagley’s blood. As a kid, Archer was immersed in the BBQ culture of his hometown Memphis,TN. Some of his fondest memories were loading up in his father’s car and heading to Brady and Lil’s on Saturday nights. This was always the highlight of his week. When Archer was a teenager, Corky’s BBQ opened in his neighborhood. Archer was one of the first patrons through the door. Over the years, he ate at all the great BBQ joints in the Bluff City, and kept a list of what stood out from each one. This would come in handy later in his life.


Archer’s first foray into the BBQ business was in Atlanta, GA., where he was one of the initial investers in Fox Brothers BBQ. He learned the in’s and out’s of the business, and after a few years, Archer struck out on his own. He sold his shares in Fox Brothers and moved to Knoxville to open the first Archers BBQ. Over the past decade, Archers has gone from one location to five in the Knoxville area. Archers is consistently voted Best BBQ in Knoxville in the BEST OF competition and is listed as 1 of the 25 best BBQ joints in Tennessee by 


Archer Bagley has one mission and that is to serve Knoxville the best tasting BBQ on the planet. He is as passionate about BBQ today as he was when he was a youngster in Memphis, getting ready for another Saturday night at Brady and Lil’s. BBQ has always been a part of Archer’s life and now it’s a part of life in Knoxville.

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Some people believe that the secret to the best barbecue is having the right recipe, sauces, marinades, seasonings, or rubs. Archer’s BBQ, home of “the best barbecue in Knoxville, TN.”, claims the real secret to delicious BBQ is all in selecting the right meat, the rub, the smoking, and of course, pulling the meat immediately when it’s ordered. Not that morning. Not the night before. And sauce is always on the side! 


The sauces and rubs are flavorful, but the real secret is understanding how to perfectly smoke the meat. Good seasonings can help even the novice chef or grill master, but seasonings alone aren’t enough to create the fresh, tender, moist, and delicious Pork, Ribs, Brisket, and Chicken served at Archers BBQ restaurants. These BBQ masters know the smoker and proper BBQ techniques inside and out. The process begins with the perfect amount and type of wood, high quality meat, the Archer’s BBQ signature dry rub, the right temperature level, and the perfect amount of time. Once off the smoker, the meat is double wrapped and brought to you. Because BBQ should be pulled or sliced fresh.  

Their saying is their attitude, “If we wouldn’t eat it, why would you?” They serve with confidence and dedication the freshest Barbecue in Knoxville, TN. So why are you reading this and not eating some Ribs?


"What's the real secret to the juiciest, most delicious pork, chicken, baby back ribs, and brisket?

Procure the highest quality meats and consistently smoke the meats at the proper

temperature for many hours."

Archer Bagley



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5415 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Phone: (865) 394-9580


East Knoxville

5200 Rutledge Pike 
Knoxville, TN 37924
Phone: (865) 722-1989

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Emory Rd.
1301 East Emory Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37912
Phone: (865) 687-2694


West Knoxville

10205 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922
Phone: (865) 771-2601

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1830 Winfield Dunn Parkway
Sevierville, TN 37876
Phone: (865) 323-9443

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