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The Best BBQ Joints in Memphis, Tennessee

1 Jul

Last October one of my closest friends decided he wanted to road trip across Tennessee for his birthday with our first stop being the fabulous city of Memphis. Our goal – to eat as much phenomenal BBQ as we possibly could! We knew we were only able to spend one day in Memphis before heading to our next location, so we started our BBQ sampling right after stepping off the plane! Before even picking up our luggage, we hopped over to Jim Neely’s Interstate Bar-B-Que in Terminal B of Memphis International to try their famous BBQ spaghetti.

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We arrived at 9 a.m. and the line was already forming! This tasty dish was a combination of spaghetti, seasoned pork and Interstate’s own BBQ sauce, a tomato and vinegar based sauce with a hint of spice. The seasonings in both the pork and the sauce provided a great kick. It was definitely worth the wait and is a must try when visiting the Memphis airport!

After a few touristy hours at Graceland we headed to our next stop, Corky’s Bar-B-Q, a location famous for its pulled pork and ribs. We got there around lunch time and were seated immediately. To begin, we started with their amazing bread rolls! They were still warm from the kitchen, fluffy on the inside and crusty on the outside. And, after adding a thin layer of butter, they were even more remarkable.

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For our appetizer we ordered a Memphis tradition, the BBQ Smoked Sausage and Cheese Plate. The hickory smoked sausage was out of this world wonderful – it was juicy and had a great snap! Pickle spears and pepperoncini peppers came alongside and melded incredibly well with the smokiness of the sausage and creaminess of the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses.

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For my entrée I ordered their BBQ pulled pork sandwich. This marvelous pile of pulled pork comes topped with their famous BBQ sauce and coleslaw (I opted to have the slaw on side). After trying this lovely pork creation, I completely understand why it is so famous; it was everything you want pulled pork to be – lean, tender, succulent and bursting with flavor. Corky’s was a huge success and excited us even more for our next stop of the day!

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We checked into The Peabody and saw the Broadway Musical “Memphis” at the Orpheum Theater before heading to our next stop, Central BBQ.

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I had heard some pretty astounding things about their BBQ nachos so I knew I had to give them a try – and they lived up to the hype! The tortilla chips were topped with their divine pulled pork, BBQ sauce, cheese sauce and shredded cheese! And if that wasn’t enough, they were then finished off with a light dusting of Central’s BBQ seasoning. They were absolutely heavenly, some of the best nachos I’ve ever had! The chips stayed crisp the entire time while eating them and the tanginess of the BBQ sauce mixed perfectly with the spiciness from the cheese sauce and BBQ seasoning. The pulled pork itself was excellent as well – flavourful, moist and seasoned wonderfully. I also ordered their beef brisket plate. The thinly sliced brisket was fall apart tender and had a great smoky flavor. It was accompanied by two of their homemade sides. I went with the house made kettle chips and their creamy mac-n-cheese – both were very well executed. This was, without a doubt, one of the best meals we had all day.

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Wandering around Beale St for a while put us in the mood for our final stop of the day, Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous. I have to admit, I’m usually not a huge fan of ribs; they generally are full of fat and come covered in a sauce that’s too sweet for my liking. However, after experiencing the pork ribs here, my opinion drastically changed.

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They use a dry rub at Rendezvous instead of the usual wet BBQ sauce. It’s an unbelievable combination of oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, chili powder and paprika. The ribs are first based with a touch vinegar and then the rub is shaken on. This is where I was also taught how to correctly eat a rack of ribs – resting your teeth against the bone and gently pulling the meat away. Since these ribs were cooked so flawlessly it took no effort to get the meat off the bone. They are simply the best – moist, tender, juicy and seasoned beyond perfection.

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I could not have asked for a better way to end our incredible tour of Memphis BBQ!

I cannot wait to return to Memphis! However, hopefully next time we will have more than just one day to fill our bellies with BBQ goodness!

Interstate Bar B Q
Memphis Airport
Memphis, TN 38118
http://www.interstatebarbecue.com

Corky’s Bar-B-Q
5259 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38119
http://www.corkysmemphis.com

Central BBQ
2249 Central Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
http://www.cbqmemphis.com

Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous
52 S 2nd St
Memphis, TN 38103
http://www.hogsfly.com

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My heated visit to Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, Tennessee

15 Jun

I recently traveled to Nashville for the Country Music Association Festival, so naturally we were on the search for amazing food! Our first stop was Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. I had been wanting to try their chicken for quite a while. I am originally from Louisiana and love spicy food, so needless to say, I was excited!

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The menu at Prince’s is small and straight to the point. The fried chicken comes mild, medium, hot and extra hot. You can get white meat, dark meat or both. I love restaurants with small menus because you always know the food will be fresh and flavorful! I wanted a little taste of everything, so I ordered both with medium heat. My friend David ordered the white meat with mild heat. Later, I would realize his was a much smarter decision! We waited about 30 minutes for our chicken, which we were more than happy to do.

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Finally, the food came and before digging in we could tell it was, in fact, very fresh. We also got a huge whiff of cayenne pepper. I dove in, thinking it couldn’t be that spicy. I very quickly discovered how wrong I was! I usually like it the hotter the better, but this medium chicken was too hot for me. It felt like I could actually breathe fire, like a dragon from a Disney movie. Nevertheless through all the heat, I could still taste the amazingly seasoned fried chicken. This is when I really wished I had ordered the mild. But David, being awesome as always, offered me some of his. It was fantastic! The chicken was spiced just right! Not too hot, just the perfect amount of kick. We also ordered a side of fries which came sprinkled with cayenne pepper. They were lovely, also the perfect amount of spice.

As we were leaving, we gave our table to two gentlemen who had planned much better than us. They brought their own beverages…a gallon of chocolate milk! They knew what they were in for. I definitely plan on returning to Prince’s the next time I find myself in Nashville. However, I will make sure of two things: One, that I order the mild chicken and two, that I bring myself a gallon of chocolate milk to wash it all down.


Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack
123 Ewing Dr
Nashville, TN 37207

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