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

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 multiple times at each of these barbecue restaurants. Everyone in the city  tends to play favorites, meaning that they have a favorite barbecue joint for ribs, another for pulled pork sandwiches, maybe a third for the sausage and cheese plate - you get the idea.

So, you ask, how does yours truly fashion her list? Here we go: Central is my overall favorite, Payne's for the pulled pork sandwich, the Rendezvous for best atmosphere and sausage and cheese plate, Corky's for ribs. Truly, any dish at any one of the barbecue restaurants on this list will leave you wanting more.



Yep, it is a chain - 14 Memphis-area restaurants, including over the river in Arkansas and across the border in Mississippi - but all 14 shops offer the same menu and pricing - and delicious pork shoulders, cooked for 10 hours over a combination...  Read More

Corky's Bar-B-Q
Photo courtesy of Corky's BBQ


There's always a line at Corky's on Poplar Avenue and the parking is a challenge, and - but don't let any of that scare you away. The restaurant can hold a fair amount of people,and the service is fast, and the 'cue is worth the wait. (And if...  Read More



You'll get a huge bang for your buck at this family-run restaurant, located in a strip mall that has admittedly seen better days, just outside of downtown in a neighborhood that has also seen better days. What's missing in ambiance is more...  Read More



There's a huge menu at Interstate - and this long-time favorite does a brisk business for lunch and dinner, whether at the take-out counter, the dining room or the drive-thru. Interstate is a down-home spot where the wood is stacked outside...  Read More



Located in a century-old former country store in downtown Germantown, the Germantown Commissary serves some of the best barbecue around in the tiny building it calls home. At certain times, you may even have to yell your order to the waiter -...  Read More



With locations in two small spaces in two upscale East Memphis neighborhoods, One & Only feels more like a charming boutique restaurant instead of a barbecue joint. But don't be fooled by the lush appearances - wrought iron tables...  Read More



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...  Read More



Nothing about Payne's - from the gritty neighborhood location to the cinder-block exterior to the dark interior - endears one – but as my mamma used tosay, appearances can be deceiving. Once inside the old gas station, you meet Mrs. Payne...  Read More



One local politico lovingly calls this Memphis favorite "ambrosia of pork" -but locals simply call it the 'Vous. Charlie Vergos started this Memphis landmark in 1948 - selling pork sandwiches and coleslaw on the street, eventually opening...  Read More



Central is one of our favorites, thanks to the huge patio that's open during fine weather (often with a band tucked into the corner), the homemade potato chips with bleu cheese dressing, which our table of six agreed recently were the work of...  Read More


Meet Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally