May is National Barbecue Month, and since the South is the birthplace of BBQ, we’re excited to point you in the direction of some of the South’s most progressive barbecue offerings. You’ll find them in Tupelo, Mississippi (aka the birthplace of Elvis), which is garnering quite a bit of attention for its progressive barbecue scene.

When you’re ready to get your ‘cue fix, head to Tupelo. Here are six great barbecue stops that will scratch that BBQ itch!

Clay’s House of Pig

Located in a still-operating bait and tackle shop, Clay’s House of Pig, dubbed C.H.O.P. by Tupelo locals, is known for serving some of Mississippi’s best barbecue. Made from scratch daily, Clay’s in known for its generations-old “BBQ Taters” recipe, which features a baked potato topped with slow-roasted pulled pork, queso, slaw and jalapenos. And if you need proof it’s some of the best in town, arrive early because Clay’s sells out every day around 2 p.m.

Where to find BBQ in Tupelo

Clay’s House of Pig (aka C.H.O.P.) serves up barbecue made fresh daily. Image: Tupelo CVB

Where to find BBQ in Tupelo

Ribs, anyone? Image: Tupelo CVB

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You can’t go wrong with just about anything on the C.H.O.P. menu. Image: Tupelo CVB

Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen

Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen is a locally owned and operated farm-to-table restaurant that pays tribute to “The King” with their signature Elvis’ Coal Roasted Banana Boat. The grilled dessert features a whole banana, chocolate, marshmallows, graham crackers and honey. (Sounds like an Elvis craving, doesn’t it?) Wrapped in foil and tossed in the wood burning grill, this treat is served with sweet magnolia gelato.

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Kermit’s is locally owned and offers up fresh farm-to-table fare. Image: Tupelo CVB

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This is where the magic happens. We love all of the kitschy stickers on the range hood! Image: Tupelo CVB

Neon Pig

Neon Pig is a funky restaurant and butcher shop that features fresh cuts of the day, self-serve craft brews by the bottle and a variety of local goods for sale. Although it’s not technically barbecue, the restaurant’s famous Smash Burger is considered “Best Burger in America” and features a combination of aged filet, ribeye, sirloin, New York and Benton’s bacon ground together and served on a ciabatta bun with bacon bits, cheddar cheese, onion and a special sauce. (Yes, seriously.)

Where to find BBQ in Tupelo

Neon Pig is part restaurant, part butcher, all-around cool place! Image: Tupelo CVB

Where to find BBQ in Tupelo

Shop for everything from fresh meat and produce to local brews and tasty sides. Image: Tupelo CVB

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Neon Pig stocks local goods and fresh fare. Image: Tupelo CVB

Blue Canoe

Blue Canoe is known as Tupelo’s home for original live music, but it’s also a tasty destination for top-notch Southern fare. Their decadent menu runs the gamut — everything from sliders and sandwiches to burgers and craft beer on tap. Mondays are especially intriguing as Blue Canoe offers up 50-cent wings every Monday with the purchase of a drinks.

Where to find BBQ in Tupelo

Shrimp, brisket and grits? It’s a flavor collaboration unlike anything else! Image: Facebook

Where to find BBQ in Tupelo

This brisket mac ‘n’ cheese burrito is what dreams are made of. Amazing! Image: Facebook

BBQ by Jim

BBQ by Jim takes its passion for BBQ quite seriously, as the website says “There is no love more sincere than the love of BBQ.” We tend to agree! BBQ by Jim serves up drool-worthy BBQ that’s made exclusively from Boston Butts (that’s the front shoulders for pulled pork), and what butchers call “the St. Louis style” for ribs, where the meat is thick and well-marbled. A quick tour of the menu reveals an abundance of options in addition to BBQ — including pie — chocolate, lemon, peanut butter and caramel.

Where to find BBQ in Tupelo

Fresh ‘cue and a side of slaw … that’s a tasty meal! Image: Tupelo CVB

Cafe 212

Not all ‘cue is created equal — nor is it all made of meat! For the non-meat-eaters, check out Café 212, which features a grilled sandwich that’s meaty — but meat-free! The “Pleasantville,” as the sandwich is called, features a thick portabella mushroom as the star of the show. And rest assured, if you’re dining among carnivores, there are plenty of options for them at Cafe 212 as well.

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Cafe 212 in Tupelo offers a delightful place to grab a bite to eat. Image: Facebook

Enjoy you barbecue adventures!


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