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Best BBQ in Memphis?

Coming to Memphis for the Hip Hop Weekend and I'm staying a couple extra days to take advantage of the city's offerings.  What I would really like to try is some real deal BBQ.  Can someone point me in the right direction?  

By the way, thought I want to try Memphis BBQ, I'm also down to try any other food that Memphis is known for, so suggestions for that would be great, too!

3 Answers

answered first by
Keith from Denver

I don't know what Hip Hop Weekend is, but I know my Memphis BBQ!  When I used to live in Memphis, BBQ joints held a special place in my heart because they were where you could find me on my cheat days.  So yeah, I know them well :)  Anyways, here are some of my favorites:

  • The BarBQ Shop: You can order anything here and it's guaranteed to be good.  If you want something special, try BBQ spaghetti.
  • Central BBQ: There are three locations.  The newer one on Butler is the most spacious one.  Do the pulled pork, ribs, and nachos.  Their homemade kettle chips are so good.
  • Cozy Corner Restaurant:  Have to get the ribs.
  • Payne's Bar-B-Q: Do the chopped pork sandwich with a side of baked beans.  The mustard slaw on the sandwich is out this world.
  • Rendezvous Charles Vergos: Again, ribs.
  • Jim Neely's Interstate BBQ: Order these three things: ribs, baked beans, and BBQ spaghetti.
  • Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken: this isn't a BBQ place, but I'm throwing in this place because they have amazing fried chicken and everyone needs to try it!

I got hungry just writing this.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken (restaurant)
  2. Payne's Bar-B-Q (restaurant)
  3. Cozy Corner Restaurant (restaurant)
  4. Central BBQ (restaurant)
  5. The BarBQ Shop (restaurant)
  6. Rendezvous Charles Vergos (restaurant)
  7. Jim Neely's Interstate BBQ (restaurant)
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answered by
Andrew from Minneapolis

You have to go to Bar-B-Que Shop, Memphis for barbecue spaghetti – it's a Memphis specialty.  And FYI, Charlie Vergos Rendezvous serves charcoal-broiled ribs that are dry rubbed and based with vinegar that are touted as the best in Memphis.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bar-B-Que Shop, Memphis (restaurant)
  2. Charlie Vergos Rendezvous (restaurant)
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answered by
Scott from Memphis

Recommendations all depend on what you are going to order.

Here are some suggestions  Central BBQ (multiple locations)  Bar-B-Que Shop, Memphis  Germantown Commissary 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Central BBQ (restaurant)
  2. Bar-B-Que Shop, Memphis (restaurant)
  3. Germantown Commissary (restaurant)

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