Central BBQ is a Must-Visit Memphis Institution

Known as one of the BBQ capitals of America, a visit to Memphis, Tennessee means a plate stacked with slab of ribs, but where do you go first? Go on the Reddit forums or ask residents in the streets and they'll all tell you one place: Central BBQ. Opened in 2002, this award-winning bbq joint is always busy, with its flagship location boasting a line out the door daily. In fact, it's expanding to its neighboring state Mississippi in the next few months.

Where is Central BBQ Memphis Located?

Opened on Central Avenue over 19 years ago, the Memphis-style bbq restaurant has it all -- pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked sausage, half chickens, mac n' cheese, and hot wings. Fill your tummy with sides such as pork rinds, potato salad, green beans, and homecooked potato chips. And make sure to leave room for dessert for their banana pudding and peanut butter pie.

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There are currently six Central BBQ locations, four of which are in Memphis, and two in Nashville. All locations feature the same menu.

The Reason Why Memphis BBQ is Different

Texas is known for beef bbq, the Carolinas are known for their tangy mustard based bbq sauce, but travel to Memphis and you'll find pork cooked in a pit bbq is king. Served either wet or dry, pork ribs are a staple at BBQ joints across the city.

Marinated overnight and slow-smoked to perfection over hickory and pecan, Central BBQ's rib combo plate is the best deal on the menu if you want to try a variety of what the restaurant serves. For $29.99 receive a half slab of ribs, served either wet with bbq sauce or with a dry rub. The combo also comes with 4 oz. of additional meat, a roll or bun, and two small sides.

What is Central BBQ Famous For?

Aside from its ribs, Central BBQ has a few menu items that are totally unique.

BBQ Nachos

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Order them with pulled pork, chicken. sliced beef brisket, or smoked turkey breast! This app features tortilla chips topped with BBQ sauce, cheese sauce, shredded cheese, jalapenos, and a light dusting of BBQ Shake that adds a nice sweet heat.

Chips & Bleu Cheese

These home cooked seasoned potato chips served with a generous portion of chunky bleu cheese dressing.

BBQ Bologna

This is a one-of-a-kind sandwich! Served with slaw and mild sauce, this bologna sandwich is slow cooked and grilled.

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