Enjoy the Best Barbecue Restaurants of Memphis, Where BBQ Reigns Supreme

Sally Walker Davies

By , Local Expert, Memphis
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Trying to find the best Barbecue in Memphis? 10Best has you covered. Our editors and locals search the city and suburbs for the top places. Then, we showcase popular restaurants like Central BBQ, and we highlight eateries with great user reviews, like The Bar-B-Q Shop. We also help you find areas where Barbecue is prominent - the Midtown area, for example - so that you not only get terrific dining recommendations, but you also have choices to boot. After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well do it right and take advantage of Memphis's best.

Our list is actually based on quite a bit of research, which means we've eaten...  Read more »

  • 1

    Central BBQ

    Central is simply our overall favorite for all things 'que - especially it's pulled pork nachos.

    Local Expert Tip: "Barbecue joints in Memphis tend to close shop earlier than most other restaurants, so be sure to arrive at Central with plenty of time to enjoy your meal - by 8:30 most nights, as the restaurant closes at 9 daily."

  • 2

    Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous

    The 'Vous is a Memphis institution and not only serves up the overall best Barbecue experience, but also a killer sausage and cheese plate.

    Local Expert Tip: "The entrance is actually in the alley behind the address, just across Union from the Peabody. Don't be put off by this unconventional welcome to the 'Vous."

  • 3


    Payne's simply has the city's best pulled pork sandwich in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "This is a cash-only spot, and your meal is best eaten in the sunshine, using the hood of your car as your dining table. "

  • 4

    The Bar-B-Q Shop

    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.

    Local Expert Tip: "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."

  • 5

    One & Only BBQ & More

    We like One & Only for it's more refined atmosphere as well as it's amazing desserts.

    Local Expert Tip: "Meats are available in bulk, and sides range from pint to gallon-sized - perfect for take away parties."

  • 6

    Germantown Commissary

    Cramming into the Commissary for a meal is a rite of passage in the world of Barbecue.

    Local Expert Tip: "Arrive by 5 p.m. to avoid a wait, which can be lengthy on weekend evenings. "

  • 7

    Jim Neely's Interstate Bar-B-Q

    Interstate's sauce - from a family recipe - may have you asking for a bowl and a spoon.

    Local Expert Tip: "Sweet Jim Neely is uncle to the more famous Neely's - Pat and Gina, co-owners of Neely's and Food Network stars."

  • 8

    Cozy Corner

    Cozy Corner's Cornish game hen is smoked to perfection - and one is never enough.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't be put off by the decaying neighborhood - the restaurant is worth the trip. "

  • 9

    Corky's Bar-B-Q

    We hit Corky's for the ribs - and love the fact you can also order via the drive-thru lane.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you like what you eat, take comfort - you can ship Corky's home. Alternatively, you can now find franchise locations in Louisiana, Indiana, and Atlantic City - as well as in Memphis International Airport, near gate A23."

  • 10

    Top's Bar-B-Q

    Honestly, we can't resist Top's skins - our favorite item on the menu, next to the pulled pork sandwich.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're lucky, you can check with the counter help and see if any skins are available; at $2 a pop, they're a delicious departure from the usual."



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