Memphis is known as the “Barbecue Pork Capital of the World” for a reason. Its rich history of decadent barbecue recipes has made Memphis a hotbed of American barbecue and one of the must-visit cities for fans of the meat and sauce. If you’re in the Birthplace of Rock and Roll, be sure to stop by some of these famous joints to eat the best BBQ in Memphis.
Pork shoulders and ribs, dry-rub wings, and pork plates complete with “bark”, which is the crispened crust adored by barbecue fans, are some of the hallmarks of this Memphis institution. Homemade potato chips are seasoned with Central’s special blend to make for one of the tastiest side dishes in all of Memphis.
Payne’s Original Bar-B-Q
This down and dirty Memphis staple is located in what used to be an auto service station and has been serving the most famous chopped pork barbecue sandwiches in the city since 1972. The bright, tangy, mustard-infused slaw truly sets the sandwich apart from all others.
Come here in a group and order the mash-up: a half-slab of pork ribs, smoky dry-rub rib tips, and a chopped pork sandwich. All the meat is smoked in pits right on the premises.
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