Anyone who’s lived in Memphis for any period of time has seen a burger, nachos or a piece of chicken hand-painted right on the front of a small restaurant or diner of some kind-not unlike what you’d see some of the older food trucks. The Memphis urban landscape is dotted with them. Take Boss Man Pit Stop for example. It’s a small, unassuming strip-mall bbq shop with the menu painted right on the front: burgers, catfish, smoked turkey leg, nachos, sausages, hotdogs, bbq sandwiches, rib tips and hot wings. Interestingly enough, I had none of these. Instead, I had a rib sandwich.
Usually in Memphis, a rib sandwich means a four-bone section of ribs served on a bun or a couple of slices of bread, with sauce and slaw on the side. The best way to enjoy it is to eat a bone or two, then debone the rest of the meat and make a sandwich with it. Don’t forget to add the sauce and slaw. A little hot sauce or hot bbq sauce, if available, is in order too. Eating your rib sandwich this way enables you to enjoy both ribs and a bbq sandwich for much less than the cost of a slab of ribs. It’s also a good way to watch that supermodel figure that you’ve worked so diligently to achieve and still enjoy some ‘que. As much as I enjoy barbecue and as often as I eat it, it’s become necessary to learn the meaning of moderation. But don’t think for a minute that I didn’t savor every bite. The sauce was tangy-sweet and the meat, everything I like in ribs-smoky, tender and savory. At this pit stop I got my much needed barbecue fuel for the soul.
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