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Best Memphis Barbecue Restaurants

From smokehouse to hoghouse and roadhouse, we've rounded up the best in barbecue. Sure, preferences abound when it comes to matters of the grill. So maybe it's a pulled pork sandwich on squishy white bread you crave or Texas brisket with a side of coleslaw and sweet tea. One day you might like your ribs slathered and glazed in tomato sauce; the next day rubbed with special spices; and the next marinated and drenched in tangy vinegar. Whatever your pleasure, try these smokin' spots for the best barbecue around in Memphis.


Central BBQ Barbecue
Quick Bite
2249 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
There’s often a line out the door at this local barbecue chain’s flagship store. More...

Corky's Bar-B-Q Barbecue
5259 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38119
Although the ambience is as casual as can be, the servers are decked out in crisp white shirts and bowties. More...

Cozy Corner Barbecue
Quick Bite
745 N. Parkway
Memphis, TN 38105
This tiny mom-and-pop barbecue shop boasts pork ribs and pulled pork sandwiches with big flavor. More...

Germantown Commissary Barbecue
2290 S. Germantown Rd.
Germantown, TN 38138
This country store-turned-barbecue shop offers classic Memphis ’cue in a rustic no-frills setting. More...

Jim Neely's Interstate Barbecue Barbecue
2265 S. Third St.
Memphis, TN 38109

Authentic Memphis barbecue, from wet or dry ribs to barbecue spaghetti, rules at Jim Neely's Interstate Barbecue. More...

Payne's Bar-B-Que Barbecue
Quick Bite
1762 Lamar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38114
This no-frills barbecue joint serves a fine Memphis-style, slow-cooked pulled pork sandwich. More...

The Rendezvous Barbecue
Dining Room at The Rendezvous, Memphis, TN 52 S. Second St.
Memphis, TN 38103
This downtown 'cue joint’s smoky barbecue ribs embody the flavor of Memphis. More...

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