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The Bar-B-Q Shop Photo courtesy of vinzcha
  • 1782 Madison Ave

    Memphis, TN 38104

  • Phone: 901-272-1277

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It's all about the sauce at the Vernon family's Bar-B-Q Shop. The award-winning, vinegar-based sauces come in hot or mild -- and both fulfill that perfect balance of just-right thickness and smoky flavor. It doesn't get any better than a load of the mild sauce covering the top of a rack of dry seasoned ribs - a killer combination of smoky, tangy and hot. Dinner plates come with beans, slaw and Texas toast (but you can add barbecue spaghetti for $3.95); brisket and polish sausage are also on the menu - and there's a surprising amount of beef on the menu.





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Sally Walker Davies

Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"The way to go may just be the full Monty, so to speak - the special, a giant plate of pork ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, spaghetti, beans, coleslaw and Texas toast."

Best for Barbecue Because: The Bar-B-Q Shop is a bit of a hidden-in-plain-sight gem; it's authentic, locals forget about it, but it is so worth seeking out.


    "3 local Memphis businessmen, directed us to The BBQ Shop. The smoke sandwiches, were great on Texas Toast. It was a great find, 1700 blk. on Madison. BBQ spaghetti, happy, courteous waiters. But the smoke flavor was awesome! Then Memphis did something very special. The Memphis businessmen, paid for our awesome lunch, and told the waiter to tell us. ELVIS bought your lunch. BBQ Shop and Memphis, a blessing!"

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    WHAT I Liked:

    The smoke flavor, was awesome. Waiters were happy in their work and courteous. It was a clean down to business BBQ joint. Great Sandwiches on Texas Toast, BBQ spaghetti side. Great sauce flavor. Elvis paid for our meal, not kidding, someone on the BBQ Shop paid for our meal. We were able to pay that forward, in Nashville to another couple. So anyhow Thank you Elvis, and Memphis grrrrrreat time food and time!

    WHAT I Disliked:

    Hope to visit Memphis again, just for the BBQ is reason enough. The People in Memphis are just friendly. WE are originally from NJ, now from SC.