Downtown Memphis BBQ Restaurants

Are you looking for some of the best BBQ in Downtown Memphis? Check out this list of locations for where you'll find some of the most delicious BBQ, ribs, and chicken that Downtown Memphis has to offer!

BBQ pulled pork sandwich on a plate with coleslaw
(Source: Central BBQ)

Central BBQ

A favorite among Memphians, Central BBQ expanded to their downtown location in 2012.  Diners can still enjoy the full Central menu, plus this location has TONS of space for large parties or get-togethers. Check out their website for a full menu, as well as their East Memphis and Midtown locations!

WHERE TO FIND IT: 147 E. Butler

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BBQ ribs on a plate with bbq sauce
(Source: BB King's Blues Club)

BB King's Blues Club

Blues and BBQ go together like peas and carrots, and that’s what makes the original BB King’s Blues Club a Beale Street favorite.  Check out their menu here, which is full of Southern favorites, including BB’s Famous Lip Smacking Ribs. Plus, diners can enjoy live entertainment every night of the week!  Check out their event calendar here!

WHERE TO FIND IT: 143 Beale St

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BBQ Sandwich with coleslaw and beans
(Source: The Pig on Beale)

The Pig on Beale

Since 2002, The Pig on Beale has been serving up “Pork with an Attitude.” BBQ is The Pig on Beale’s specialty, and serve up everything from BBQ Nachos to BBQ Bologna. Plus, everything is handmade at the Pig, and their award-winning hickory smoked BBQ is prepared daily.  Check out their full menu here!

WHERE TO FIND IT: 167 Beale St

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dry-rub Ribs on a plate
(Source: Charlie Vergos Rendezvous)

Charlie Vergos Rendezvous

It’s hard to mention “Ribs” and “Memphis” in the same sentence without mentioning this world-famous restaurant tucked away in a basement on 2nd street. Rendezvous is credited with creating the standard for “Memphis style” dry-rub barbecue ribs, and the Vergos family has been serving up slabs from the smoker since 1948.  Check out their menu here!


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Ribs on a plate with fries
(Source: Blues City Cafe/ @bluescitycafe on Instagram)

Blues City Cafe

“Put some South in your mouth” with one of the most popular spots on Beale Street.  The Blues City Café ribs have rave reviews from national media like The Travel Channel and The Food Network, and is frequent stop for both famous and infamous celebrities who visit Beale.  Check out their menu here, and see what musical acts are coming to their stage soon!

WHERE TO FIND IT: 138 Beale St

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