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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 Dancing Pigs bbq sauce and the smoked spaghetti sauce. The result is the best bbq spaghetti I’ve ever had. People raved about the bbq spaghetti at Neely’s. I’ve had it. It was good, but it didn’t touch the bbq spaghetti at the Bar-B-Q Shop. Check back in the future for a full review. If you’d like to read more about it sooner, comment to let me know. Until then, don’t miss my Quick-Fire Guide below. Also check out full reviews and Quick-Fire Guides of other bbq restaurants from my BBQ Guide.
Here are a few notes about the ‘que:
Tenderness-I’ve never had shoulder or ribs from The Bar-B-Q shop that weren’t tender. Not sloppy tender (like boiled meat), but the right kind of tenderness for barbecue.
Smoke-The meat I’ve enjoyed at The Bar-B-Q Shop has been smoky most of the time.
Bark-Both the ribs and the shoulder have had a nice bbq crust on my visits.
Sauce-I find their Dancing Pigs sauce to be rather bland by itself. However, it didn’t seem to take away from the sandwich. I’d get the ribs without it, or at least on the side. Also, it gets mixed with their smoked spaghetti sauce for their bbq spaghetti. That particular combination is perfect. The spaghetti sauce is placed in a pan in the smoker to catch some smoke AND meat drippings. This results in a greasy, yet wonderfully smoky bbq spaghetti. I love it. I just usually soak up some of the oil with a paper towel.
Slaw-The slaw is a standard slaw-creamy, crunchy, tangy, salty. It compliments the pork shoulder well. Sandwiches can be served on the standard bun or buttered Texas toast. Both work well.
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