Ridgewood Barbecue, Bluff City
Pulled pork is Ridgewood’s barbecue fame, but locals know the baked beans are the real star at this roadside joint. Served in a homey ceramic crock, the beans at Ridgewood boast the addition of pork and barbecue sauce. The recipe is a secret so hush-hush that in three generations of Proffitt family ownership, it’s never once been written down. “Today, the only two people who know it are myself and my daughter, Lisa,” says owner Larry Proffitt. The baked beans run $2.50.
Insider Tip: It’s easier to get a table on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.