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7 Best Memphis Barbecue Joints

© Randy Harris Val Bradley, of Cozy Corner, with her granddaughter, Lailah Robinson.

Photo: Randy Harris

For expertly made pulled pork, ribs, and everything in between, we’ve found seven Memphis joints that smoke the competition. Read the article

Destinations: Memphis

Themes: Food + Drink

Inspired by: The 7 Best Memphis Barbecue Joints — by Francine Maroukian, Published Jul. 2008

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    Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous

    They’re not wet; they’re not dry. They’re “’Vous-style” ribs and they’re famous. Basted just before serving with a vinegar solution and followed by

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    Cozy Corner

    Mention to locals that you’re heading to Cozy Corner for barbecued Cornish hen—rich and moist all the way through—and you’ll get plenty of head-nod

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    Neely's Bar-B-Que

    The dark wood paneling and oversize booths make it seem like a roadhouse tavern, until the aroma sets you straight: Neely’s means business. Don’t m

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    A & R Bar-B-Q

    Prepare yourself for the best traditional Memphis-style ribs ever—flat-out sensational. The velvety, succulent meat at A&R simply glides away from

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    Central BBQ

    Open since 2002, and full of students from nearby colleges, Central has a breezy, spring-break feel and outdoor deck seating to match. Order a pork

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    Tops Bar-B-Q

    A local chain that’s been around since 1952, Tops makes for a nice introduction to Memphis eats. No matter where you are in the city, you’re near o

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    Payne's BBQ

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