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 bbq sandwich, and it only set me back a mere $5 bucks and some change. The smoky, tender, crusty, savory ribs are only available on Saturday or by special order, but are worth the wait. This old school bbq joint that I’d somehow overlooked was suggested by one of my readers, bbq connoisseur Thomas O’Brien. Good call. Don’t miss out on this one and check back in the future for my full article on Woodstock.
Until then, see my Quick-Fire Guide below, including photos of Woodstock. 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:
- Ribs-Perfectly tender. Not tough, not sloppy. Great exterior seasoned bark on these delectable dry ribs. Only available on Saturdays or by special order.
- Shoulder-Nice bits of crusty, seasoned bark complimented the tender, juicy pork. No dry, tough or mushy meat here.
- Ribs-Deep smoke flavor. Balanced, but deep. Only available on Saturdays or by special order. It’s on my to-do list.
- Shoulder-had perfect wood smoked flavor for my taste.
Sauce-I really enjoyed the balance of sweetness, tanginess and slight sour note. If you’ve ever had Asian sweet and sour sauce (duck sauce it’s called), it reminded me of that, but mixed with bbq sauce. I thought it wonderfully complimented the smoked pork without overpowering it. The overall combination of smoked meat, sauce and slaw was constructed into a perfect bbq sandwich for my taste. In other words-I loved it.
Slaw-crunchy, sweet and slightly tangy slaw included a touch of pickle relish, which made sense for complimenting the bbq sandwich.
BBQ Pizza-Was one of the best bbq pizzas I’ve had. The meat was tender and smoky with bits of crusty bark and the cheese was cheesy. What else could one ask for?
Philly Cheesesteak-I watched him make one, and I want one so badly. Hopefully, there will be one in my near future.
Thanks for visiting my Memphis bbq blog! Tim Shirley