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Arnold’s Bar-B-Q

  Blake and I stopped by Arnold’s Bar-B-Q here some years ago, where we shared smoky ribs and a deliciously sloppy sandwich as we watched TV in this unassuming little bbq shop. Always looking for a new bbq spot to discover, I ask around often, hoping to find the next best bbq joint in Memphis. That’s how I … Continue reading »

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Pop’s Smokehouse BBQ-Championship Barbecue On Wheels

Somewhere in the Delta each week, smoke drifts from Pop’s Smokehouse, drawing in lovers of succulent, smoked meats, allured by the prospect of experiencing barbecue nirvana in a bite. Those who have been, know that owner and pit-master Jeff Toney is crafting competition quality barbecue from his little smokehouse on wheels-a claim many make, but not nearly as many achieve. Not every … Continue reading »

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Malia’s Roadside BBQ Shack

  Check out my Quick-Fire Guide below and don’t miss full reviews and Quick-Fire Guides of other bbq restaurants from my BBQ Guide. Several years before Malia’s bbq shack was born, Gregory Graham was already stoking his roadside pit with wood, smokin’ up barbecued meats in Memphis. A real estate agent/pit-master, Mr. Graham worked out of a his pit, his truck and … Continue reading »

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Tops Bar-B-Q

Tops Bar-B-Q is one of those places that people either love or just don’t understand. People looking for a sweet bbq sauce get disappointed because of their expectations. But open your mind to the way that a tangy sauce compliments pork shoulder and you’ll see why so many people like Tops Bar-B-Q. But they’re not limited … Continue reading »

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Scott’s-Parker Bar-B-Q

 (Formerly B. E. Scott Bar-B-Que) Ricky Parker worked the pits for Early Scott from his early teen years, until becoming the current owner of his bbq shop in Lexington, TN, eventually creating the hyphenated name, Scott’s-Parker Bar-B-Q. He’s carrying on the tradition of smoking whole hogs over hickory wood in cinder block pits, a craft he learned from pit-master Mr. … Continue reading »

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Big Gun’s Pit BBQ

Memphis is known for authentic southern barbecue. But not all bbq is created equal. There are many “bbq” joints serving smokeless meat and doing a great job of misrepresenting Memphis bbq. Then there are the middle of the road restaurants. They serve a great sauce with mildly smoky meat. In other words-they pass. Still others have great … Continue reading »

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Woodstock Store and Deli

A mere five minute drive just outside of the Memphis city limits, owner and pit-master Anthony Bledsoe stokes his pits, where wood smoke climbs high into the sky at Woodstock Store & Deli. His “regular” sandwich was piled with mounds of smoky pork and topped with his homemade bbq sauce and slaw. It’s anyone else’s jumbo … Continue reading »

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Jim Neely’s Interstate Bar-B-Q

Ever seen Down Home With The Neelys with Pat, Gina and Tony Neely? Their uncle Jim Neely started it all for the famous Neely family here in Memphis with Jim Neely’s Interstate Bar-B-Q. Check out my Quick-Fire Guide below to see what I thought about the barbecue. Also, check out the slideshow and stay tuned … Continue reading »

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Rendezvous Charcoal Ribs

  Part of the allure of any bbq joint is it’s ambiance. Smoking pits, the sights and sounds of succulent meats being chopped or pulled on wooden countertops. And even the down and dirty bbq chop shops all have a way of pulling in customers looking for the next bite of smoky perfection. But in … Continue reading »

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Central BBQ

  Central BBQ is one of the hippest bbq joints in town. Their claim that Central is “…where the locals eat” is not just a marketing ploy. It really is a wildly popular place for locals, myself included. Besides their perfectly wood-smoked meats, they also offer house-made bbq chips, bbq nachos and smoked hot wings, among other bbq culinary … Continue reading »

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Helen’s Bar-B-Q in Brownsville, TN

  Hover your mouse pointer over the bottom center of the slide show for controls. Then continue to the bbq guide below. The search for real-pit barbecue has led an ever-increasing number of enthusiasts to travel, write, and produce vlogs (video blogs) on the subject, all in an effort to attain some perfect formula. In search of that bbq gold, … Continue reading »

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The Bar-B-Q Shop

  Hover your mouse pointer over the bottom center of the slide show for controls. Then continue to my bbq guide below.   On Madison Ave in midtown Memphis, The Bar-B-Q Shop serves up great ribs and shoulder sandwiches on buns or buttered Texas toast. The bbq spaghetti is made with a combination of their … Continue reading »

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Give Cozy Corner a Fire, They’ll Smoke Some Ribs

“I treasure the memories of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.” Bruce Lee January 8, 2015, one of my favorite bar-b-q restaurants, Cozy Corner, suffered a fire. Thankfully that fire was contained mostly to the rear of the store and no one was injured. Additionally, their famous glass-walled pit remained intact. In fact, they … Continue reading »

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Leonard’s Pit Barbecue-Memphis’ Oldest Operating Barbecue Restaurant

The glorious Golden Era of the Roaring 20’s continues to live vicariously through architecture, music, film, Leonardo DiCaprio and Leonard’s pig with top hat and twirling cane. Established in 1922, Leonard’s Pit Barbecue is one of Memphis’ oldest barbecue institutions and some say that it is the oldest operating Memphis bbq restaurant. Bozo’s BBQ, established in 1923, is … Continue reading »

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Boss Man Pit Stop-How to Eat a Rib Sandwich

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 … Continue reading »

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Blues City Café on Beale Street

    My family knows that a good time for me means checking out a new bbq joint. And when given a choice of where to celebrate Father’s Day one year, I chose Blues City Café on Beale Street. I’d read about it on the net and heard local radio DJs give it high praises. … Continue reading »

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Big Bill Bar-B-Que – Little BBQ Joint, Big Bill Flavors

  On Elvis Presley Blvd, just half a mile from Graceland, I came across a small bbq joint with big flavors-Big Bill flavors that is, at BIG BILL BAR-B-Q. The atmosphere was simple, but unique. Pictures of Rufus Thomas, Elvis Presley and B. B. King served as wall décor. And if barbecue has its leaders, Big Bill is certainly one of … Continue reading »

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Alfred’s on Beale Street – Ribs Over Beale

  Alfred’s is a Beale St. club that hosts some of the best live bands around. Combine that with the terrace dining, southern food and plenty of cold drinks and you get spirited fun and spirited people. So here’s the formula: live music + terrace dining + southern food + cold drinks = a great … Continue reading »

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A & R Bar-B-Que – “Fire” Ribs at the Old Ramill Rd Store

                                                                                  A & R BAR-B-QUE family owners Andrew and Rose Pollard (related to the owners of Pollard’s BBQ, I’m told) run a handful of old school Memphis neighborhood bbq restaurants that have been smokin’ great barbecue since the early 80’s. I first learned of A & R when work colleagues of mine discovered my passion … Continue reading »

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Bozo’s Hot Pit Bar-B-Q (Mason, TN) – BBQ Time Travel

The influence of Memphis barbecue extends well beyond its city limits to include its surrounding metropolitan area towns and the entire tri-state area. It’s a nice change of pace to escape the noise pollution and concrete jungles of the city by venturing into one of the little country towns on the outskirts. Tucked back in … Continue reading »

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Cozy Corner Restaurant-Old School Memphis Barbecue Dry Ribs

UPDATE: Follow the link below to read about my most recent visit to Cozy Corner since they suffered a fire on January 8, 2015. Give Cozy Corner a Fire, They’ll Smoke Some Ribs or continue reading my original review below.   At the corner of North Parkway and Manassas in downtown Memphis, meat drips overs coals … Continue reading »

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The Pig on Beale – “Pork With An Attitude!”

  Music, wood smoke and the smell of lively concoctions fill the air on Beale Street, where neon lights guide the way to good times for tourists and locals alike. But in the midst of that neon jungle, a sign stands out from the rest. Who can possibly miss the pig in sunglasses, flexing his … Continue reading »

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Loven Fresh Baking Company and Smokehouse Barbecue

  One site that will always catch the eye of any barbecue enthusiast out on the road is a jumbo barbecue pit in a parking lot, smoke billowing out. And that is exactly why I was forced to make the twenty five minute trip out to Loven Fresh Baking Company and Smokehouse Barbecue in Oakland, … Continue reading »

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