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The Ultimate Memphis BBQ Roundup

Memphis is known for many things: home of the blues, Elvis, the Pyramid. But for many, there's nothing like Memphis BBQ. And when visitors visit, probably one of the most asked questions is, "Where's the best place to get BBQ?" Heck, every May we have a whole week dedicated to it (psst: in case you live under a rock, it's called "World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest"). We even have whole Instagram accounts like this one dedicated to Memphis BBQ and its deliciousness.

Memphis in May BBQ competition

If you live in Memphis, and someone says to you, "let's eat BBQ," you know exactly what they're referring to (again, if you don't know this, it's typically pulled pork sandwiches, NOT RIBS). But this questions also varies from city to city. People in Texas say, "Let's eat BBQ," they mean brisket, while those in Kansas City think something else. Tangy, sour, or sweet, there's so much controversy in the sauce too. But let's all agree right now, "Memphis" style sauce is the BEST.

In alphabetical order, here's a roundup of BBQ places all over the city:

A & R Bar-B-Que

3721 Hickory Hill Road
Memphis, TN 38115

1802 Elvis Presley Blvd
Memphis, TN 38106

Baby Jack's

7610 US 70
Bartlett, TN 38133

11125 US 70
Arlington, TN 38002

6540 Hwy 62
Oakland, TN 38060

Bain Barbecue

* disclaimer -- this is "TEXAS Style BBQ" but holy cow, this place is yummy AND locally owned, so we'll accept it. And they offer Memphis style sauce from a large dispenser. 

993 Cooper St
Memphis, TN 38104


The Bar-B-Q Shop

* Try the BBQ spaghetti, which proves Memphians will truly eat barbeque on anything. This is co-owner Crady's favorite spot!

1782 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104

Blues City Cafe

*Memphians will say this is the best BBQ on Beale and we couldn't agree more. The BBQ plate is where it's at!

138 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Big Bill's Bar-B-Que

2857 Kirby Rd Suite 119
Memphis, TN 38119

The Real Brad's BBQ

2845 Bartlett Road
Bartlett, TN 38134

Central BBQ

* We'd argue Central BBQ is equally known for their BBQ nachos and their Summer Ave location's kids eat free deal! (seriously check it out and take a night off from cooking!)

2249 Central Ave (this location is the original and is currently under construction; a food truck is selling meat until the new building is complete)
Memphis, TN 38104

147 E Butler Ave
Memphis, TN 38103

4375 Summer Ave
Memphis, TN 38122

6201 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38119

6547 Getwell Rd
Southaven, MS 38672


Corky's Ribs & BBQ

* A Memphis institution, Corky's is best known amongst the Memphis mamas because THEY HAVE A DRIVE THROUGH. All the praise hands.

1740 N Germantown Pkwy
Cordova, TN 38018

5259 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38119

743 W Poplar
Collierville, TN 38017

6434 Goodman Road
Olive Branch, MS 38654

Cozy Corner

* try the fried bologna sandwiches here. If you're not from the south this might sound weird, but trust us, just get it!

735 N Parkway
Memphis, TN 38105

Fat Larry's BBQ

7537 US Highway 70
Bartlett, TN 38133

Germantown Commissary BBQ

2290 South Germantown Road
Germantown, TN 38138

3573 S Houston Levee Rd
Collierville, TN 38017

Hog Wild BBQ

921 S. Yates
Memphis, TN 38120

Leonard's Pit Barbecue

* Leonard's is a little known gem despite being around since 1922. They sell their own line of dry rub, wet sauce, and hot sauce to continue the BBQ eating at home. 

5465 Fox Plaza Dr
Memphis, TN 38115

Marlowe's Ribs & Restaurant

* Marlowe's has been named by Trip Advisor as Memphis' 14th TOP RESTAURANT in the entire city in 2022. Incredible! As they say on their website : It's BBQ, Mane. 
4381 Elvis Presley Blvd
Memphis, TN 38116


Memphis BBQ Company

* Their name says Memphis, but this restaurant is actually across the border in Mississippi. We'll let it slide because they seriously have some of the best ribs in the Mid-South. 

709 Desoto Cove
Horn Lake, MS 38637

Neely's Interstate BBQ

* Featured on The Food Network, Interstate BBQ has so much more than just the meat. Be sure to try the BBQ baked potato or their Smoked Mac N Cheese. Oh My. 

2265 S Third Street
Memphis, TN 38109

7209 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38125

150 Stateline Road W
Southaven, MS 38671

One & Only BBQ

* One & Only has a food truck, so if you're ever out and about (say at Overton Park Shell), definitely get some! This is co owner Lori's favorite BBQ in Memphis.

1719 Kirby Parkway Suite 1A
Memphis, TN 38138

567 Perkins Extended
Memphis, TN 38117

153 Timber Creek Dr
Memphis, TN 38018

6575 Airways Blvd
Southaven, MS 38671

Paynes BBQ

* Featured on The Food Network, Paynes BBQ is known for their secret sauce slathered on some slow roasted pork shoulder. Can we say YUM?

1762 Lamar Ave
Memphis, TN 38114

Charlie Vergos Rendezvous

* The Rendezvous is arguably the most "famous" of Memphis BBQ restaurants, founded in 1948 and currently run by 3rd generation Vergos family members.

52 S 2nd St
Memphis, TN 38103

Three Little Pigs Bar B Q

5145 Quince Road
Memphis, TN 38117

Tom's Barbecue

4087 Getwell Road
Memphis, TN 38118

Top's Bar-B-Q

*With SIXTEEN locations in Memphis and around the MidSouth, you're never far from a Tops Bar-B-Q. My personal favorite location is the one on Rhodes!

6745 Stage Road
Bartlett, TN 38134

1286 Union Ave
Memphis, TN 38104

3353 Summer Ave
Memphis, TN38112

6130 Macon Rd
Memphis, TN 38134

5144 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38117

3203 Thomas St
Memphis, TN 38127

4185 Summer Ave
Memphis, TN 38122

5391 Winchester Rd
Memphis, TN 38115

2748 Lamar Ave
Memphis, TN 38114

3970 Rhodes Ave
Memphis, TN 38111

2288 Frayser Blvd
Memphis, TN38127

8490 Wilkinsville Rd
Millington, TN 38053

1383 Jackson Ave
Memphis, TN 38107

313 Stateline Rd W
Southaven, MS 38671

4824 Bethel Rd
Olive Branch, MS 38654

3320 Interstate 55
Marion, AR 72364



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