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Whether you are sharing the flavors of our city with out-of-town friends, preparing for a July 4 celebration or deliberating over what’s for dinner tonight, here are a few local suggestions that should always be on your list. In a city that is BBQ, it is impossible to single out a finite list of the best BBQ restaurants because, pretty much, we know that the city of Memphis has the best BBQ, right … These seven are all award-winning and have helped Memphis become the BBQ capital of the world!

Central BBQ

Shall we begin with an appetizer? Perhaps a basket of BBQ nachos from Central BBQ?

Central BBQ

Craig Blondis and Roger Sapp met on the BBQ circuit in the mid-80s. After competing in Memphis in May’s World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and many other local and regional BBQ competitions, they fired up the first Central BBQ pit in 2002.

Addresses: 147 E. Butler (downtown), 2249 Central Ave. (Midtown), 4375 Summer Ave. (East Memphis)

Known for: Party meat trays to “make your own sandwiches.” And, for dining in or for your next party, be sure to include their two most popular menu items, wings and ribs.

Take out, catering and shipping of select products: yes

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

BBQ plate, Central BBQ

BBQ plate, Central BBQ

Central BBQ

BBQ salad, Central BBQ

Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous

Since 1948 … need we say more?

Address: 52 S. Second St.

Known for: dry ribs and serving royalty! (Prince William and Prince Harry dined at the Rendezvous when in town for a friend’s wedding.)

Take out, catering and shipping of select products: yes

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday.

Rendezvous appetizer

Rendezvous appetizer of sausage and cheese, sprinkled with their famous dry seasoning. Photo credit:

Rendezvous ribs

Rendezvous ribs. Photo credit:

Rendezvous serves royals

Memphian Lizzy Wilson (THE bride of THE wedding of Memphis this spring) looked elegant entering the Rendezvous. Yes, Prince William and Prince Harry enjoyed Memphis BBQ at the Rendezvous wedding dinner, too! Read more, here:

Corky’s Ribs & BBQ

Don Pelts brought Corky’s to life in 1984. His vision was to establish a Memphis-style BBQ “joint” that made great premium BBQ in a fun 50’s environment. The rest is Memphis history!

Addresses: 5259 Poplar Ave. (East Memphis), 1740 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Germantown), 743 W. Poplar Ave. (Collierville). Corky’s also has multiple locations in neighboring towns outside of Memphis in Brentwood, TN; Pigeon Forge, TN;  Robinsonville, MS (inside Sam’s Town Casino); Olive Branch, MS; and more in Louisiana and Arkansas!

Known for: slow-cooked, hickory smoked ribs with signature barbecue sauce, perfect for individuals and parties.

Take out, catering and shipping of select products: yes

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10:45 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Check individual locations for slight variations in hours at each.


Corky’s nachos


Pulled pork sandwich at Corky’s.


Corky’s ribs

Germantown Commissary

The original Commissary was a small country store for over 90 years until Walker Taylor bought it in 1981 and turned it into one of the best Memphis BBQ joints around.

Address: 2290 S. Germantown Rd.

Known for: Party packs that come with BBQ, beans, slaw and bread.

Take out, catering and shipping of select products: yes

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Germantown Commissary

Nachos at the Germantown Commissary.

Germantown Commissary.

Ribs at the Germantown Commissary.

Germantown Commissary

Pulled pork sandwich at the Germantown Commissary.

Interstate Barbeque

This restaurant established the Neely name in BBQ, which all started when Jim Neely converted a former grocery store on South Third into a BBQ restaurant almost 40 years ago.

Addresses: 2265 S. Third St. (near downtown Memphis) and 150 W. Stateline Rd. (Southaven, MS)

Known for: Ribs or Pork BBQ sandwiches with signature barbecue sauce. Also, add BBQ spaghetti to your order at Interstate.

Take out, catering and shipping of select products: yes

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Get it to go at Intertate BBQ.

Get it to go at Intertate BBQ. Photo credit:

Neelys BBQ ribs

Neelys BBQ ribs. Photo credit:

Be sure to try the BBQ spaghetti at Interstate!

Be sure to try the BBQ spaghetti at Interstate! Photo credit:

Tops Bar-B-Q

Tops has been serving wonderful Bar-B-Q, ribs; brisket; and fresh ground, cooked-to-order hamburgers and cheeseburgers for 6 decades!

Addresses: 1286 Union Ave., 3023 Thomas St., 1383 Jackson Ave., 3353 Summer Ave., 4183 Summer Ave.

Known for: Party packs of barbecue, perfect for large groups. They also have an award-winning burger!

Take out, catering and shipping of select products: yes

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. (Union Ave.); Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (catering). Additional locations vary slightly for hours of operation.

Tops Bar-B-Q

Tops Bar-B-Q. Photo credit:

Tops BBQ

Tops Bar-B-Q plate. Photo credit:

Yes, we said 6, but when talking about Memphis BBQ, it is hard to draw the line! Here is a bonus listing and the newest BBQ restaurants in the area … the Memphis Barbecue Company.

Memphis Barbecue Company

The Memphis Barbecue Company in Horn Lake, MS, features two World Champion Pitmasters: John David Wheeler of Natural Born Grillers and Melissa Nichols Cookston of Yazoo’s Delta Q. Since 2011, they have been bringing the flavor and style of World Championship BBQ to the public at their restaurant locations.

Addresses: 709 Desoto Cove in Horn Lake, MS (plus locations in North Carolina and Georgia)

Known for: a lengthy list of recent awards and one of the newest hot spots for BBQ.

Take out, catering and shipping of select products: yes

Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Horn Lake location)

Memphis Barbecue Company

Memphis Barbecue Company, nachos

Memphis Barbecue Company

Memphis Barbecue Company, ribs

Memphis Barbecue Company

Memphis Barbecue Company, sandwich

Order soon for your July 4 event, or simplify any casual get-together by letting one of the many experts in Memphis prepare a buffet of world-famous BBQ for you!


Thank you to our StyleBlueprint Memphis summer intern, Tori Medlin, for helping us highlight “The Best BBQ in Memphis”!



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