One of our favorite things to eat is some good old fashioned BBQ, and what better place to indulge in our favorite food than in the down home South?! The southern states are known for having some amazing BBQ (along with putting it on anything and absolutely everything), so you already know we had to make a few stops during our time in Tennessee. After having a taste-test at a few different places, here’s our favorites and what we think is the best BBQ in Memphis!
Leonard’s Pit Barbecue
Leonard’s is actually the oldest surviving name in Memphis barbecue, dating all the way back to 1922. So you know it’s gotta be good! They started the old Memphis tradition of serving coleslaw on pulled pork sandwiches and trust us when we say it’s one hell of a tradition. You can get there ribs dry-rub or slathered in sauce, but regardless of which option you choose you can be sure that they’ll be heaven on your tastebuds.
Corky’s themselves describe their BBQ as “legendary” and we can see why. The ribs served here are so tender they fall right off the bone and into your open mouth. They have the optional choice to order them with the dry rub or “wet” with Corky’s own barbecue sauce. We’ve heard that the pulled pork is just as delicious and don’t forget to try some of their mouthwatering banana pudding!
If you ask the locals where to go for the best BBQ in Memphis, most of them will tell you to head on over to Cozy Corner … and for good reason. Everything here is delicious – from the ribs to the chicken wings to the sausage to the cornish hen to then … okay, you get the point. On top of all the tasty options, the portions here are huge and along with sides there’s more than enough to fill up even the biggest cowboy and leave him walking away more than satisfied.
Don’t be deterred from this place because of the down and dirty look of the outside. What’s on the inside is totally worth it, trust us! The best thing (and practically only thing you should be getting here because it’s THAT good) to order is the pork sandwiches, served up with with mild or hot sauce and neon yellow slaw.
Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous
Is it kind of touristy? Yeah, sure. Is it still extremely good? Uhh, YEAH! Plus, this place is iconic and deserves a stop at least once. The best thing here is the dry-rub ribs which are flavored with the likes of paprika and oregano. The portions are huge and the sides as tasty as well! Just know that if you go before 4pm, the only thing they’re serving up here is the rib plate … but hey, what other reason are you going here for anyways?
Is there anything we missed that you really wanted to see on our list? What are your favorite BBQ joints in Memphis, Tennessee? Sound off in the comments below!