The Ultimate Memphis BBQ Roundup

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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
901-365-9777

1802 Elvis Presley Blvd
Memphis, TN 38106
901-774-7444

Baby Jack’s BBQ

7610 US 70
Bartlett, TN 38133
901-300-6922

11125 US 70
Arlington, TN 38002
901-300-6922

6540 Hwy 62
Oakland, TN 38060
901-300-6922

Bain Barbecue & Bakery

* 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
901-310-4141

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
901-272-1277

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
901-526-3637

Big Bill’s Bar-Be-Que

2857 Kirby Rd Suite 119
Memphis, TN 38119
901-529-7798

Brad’s Bar-B-Q

2845 Bartlett Road
Bartlett, TN 38134
901-373-6326

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 (the original and currently being redone; there is a food truck in the location selling meat until the new building is complete)
Memphis, TN 38104
901-272-9377

147 E Butler Ave
Memphis, TN 38103
901-672-7760

4375 Summer Ave
Memphis, TN 38122
901-767-4672

6201 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38119
901-417-7962

6547 Getwell Rd
Southaven, MS 38672
662-

Corky’s

* 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
901-737-1988

5259 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38119
901-685-9744

743 W Poplar
Collierville, TN 38017
901-405-4999

6434 Goodman Road
Olive Branch, MS 38654
662-893-3663

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
901-527-9158

Fat Larry’s BBQ

7537 US Highway 70
Bartlett, TN 38133
901-386-1900

Germantown Commissary BBQ

2290 South Germantown Road
Germantown, TN 38138
901-754-5540

3573 S Houston Levee Rd
Collierville, TN 38017
901-979-5540

Hog Wild BBQ

921 S. Yates
Memphis, TN 38120
901-305-6889

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
901-360-1963

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
901-332-4159

 

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
662-536-3763

Neely’s Interstate Barbecue

* 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
901-775-2304

7209 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38125
901-624-6415

150 Stateline Road W
Southaven, MS 38671
662-393-5699


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
901-751-3615

567 Perkins Extended
Memphis, TN 38117
901-249-4227

153 Timber Creek Dr
Memphis, TN 38018
901-275-8450

6575 Airways Blvd
Southaven, MS 38671
662-349-9981

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
901-272-1523

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
901-523-2746

Three Little Pigs Bar B Q

5145 Quince Road
Memphis, TN 38117
901-685-7094

Tom’s Barbecue

4087 Getwell Road
Memphis, TN 38118
901-365-6690

Tops 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
901-590-4068

1286 Union Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
901-725-7527

3353 Summer Ave
Memphis, TN38112
901-452-5616

6130 Macon Rd
Memphis, TN 38134
901-371-0580

5144 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38117
901-682-7146

3203 Thomas St
Memphis, TN 38127
901-353-0337

4185 Summer Ave
Memphis, TN 38122
901-324-4325

5391 Winchester Rd
Memphis, TN 38115
901-794-7936

2748 Lamar Ave
Memphis, TN 38114
901-743-3480

3970 Rhodes Ave
Memphis, TN 38111
901-323-9865

2288 Frayser Blvd
Memphis, TN38127
901-353-4925

8490 Wilkinsville Rd
Millington, TN 38053
901-872-8280

1383 Jackson Ave
Memphis, TN 38107
901-274-8600

313 Stateline Rd W
Southaven, MS 38671
662-393-7488

4824 Bethel Rd
Olive Branch, MS 38654
662-895-9808

3320 Interstate 55
Marion, AR 72364
870-439-4085

 

 

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