According to statistics, the average family eats out between two and three times each week. The average family in Blount county now has a reason to celebrate with the opening of Parton’s Smokin’ Butz BBQ.
“I wanted to have a place where families could afford to eat out,” said John Parton, owner of Parton’s Smokin’ Butz BBQ.
Parton, a business owner and father of three children, started in the restaurant business when he was 14 years old. He worked at Buddy’s when they prepared everything in-house. From slaw, potato salad and hushpuppies, he learned how to make everything from scratch.
Years later, on his own, Parton became involved in catering for fundraisers where he barbecued chicken and ribs. He said people always asked, “When are you going to do it again?” It seemed that people couldn’t get enough of his barbecue and smoked turkeys. Friends and family encouraged him to open his own restaurant.
“I wanted to have a place where people can come in, sit down and feel at home,” Parton said.
Parton opened Parton’s Smokin’ Butz BBQ in November. For Thanksgiving, he had so many orders for smoked turkeys that he had to bring in another smoker that he put out front of the restaurant.
“People see the smoker out front, and it draws them in,” Parton said. More likely, they smell the delicious aroma coming from the smoker and are compelled to give Smokin’ Butz a try.
Parton’s Smokin’ Butz BBQ features down-home, comfort food that is freshly prepared. Homemade baked beans, corn muffins, slaw and pulled pork are just some of their specialties. They also feature St. Louis-style ribs which are seasoned with a rub that incorporates Smoky Mountain Porkers Butt Rub.
“The sauce is on the table,” Parton said. “We want customers to taste the meat.”
Barbecue aficionados Jeff Wallace, Troy Morgan and Roger Walker were at the restaurant for lunch and said they enjoy it.
“When we hear about a new barbecue place, we have to try it. I liked the barbecue, and I liked the sauce,” Morgan said.
In addition to regular menu items, Parton’s Smokin’ Butz BBQ offers daily specials, like beans and cornbread on Wednesdays and prime rib on Fridays. Also, they offer a ten percent discount to city workers, police officers, fire fighters and those in the military.
Healthy-eating conscience customers can enjoy selections on the menu like salmon, smoked chicken, wraps and salads.
One family-friendly feature on the menu are the kids’ meals. For $3.95, kids can feast on a generous portion of ribs or chicken with a drink. To keep children happy and entertained, on the back of the children’s menu, children can draw and color pigs which are proudly displayed throughout the restaurant.
Parton’s Smokin’ Butz BBQ is located at 411 Cusick, next to Los Amigos and directly across from the Blount County Library.
They are opened from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and are closed on Sundays.