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 them. Not because he has won bbq competitions or touts trophies and medals, or because he has a TV show or cooking school. But simply because in a world of new school, he’s still old school. Big Bill Bar-B-Q just cranks out addictive, old-school barbecue, day in and day out. He needed no claim to fame because the ‘que spoke for itself. My taste buds were glad I listened, because my palette was rewarded with smoky, tender pork ribs. I couldn’t find anything at all wrong with these ribs. They were perfectly tender, brilliantly smoky ribs with a nice well-seasoned crust and a sweet-n-tangy sauce that complimented the meat. In one visit Big Bill Bar-B-Q went from a place new to me, to one of my favorite bbq discoveries in town for old-school barbecued ribs. Also on the menu was all of the typical Memphis bbq fare: barbecue (smoked pork shoulder),bbq bologna, bbq nachos, fried catfish, southern style tamales and the like. On my visit I also happened to see a colleague from work, who was actually out on maternity leave. When those cravings came, mom knew right where to go. No chance of me gettin’ pregnant (thankfully), but that old time backyard bbq flavor is one that I crave, and I think Big Bill Bar-B-Q is one of the best places in Memphis to get it.
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