Midtown Memphis BBQ Restaurants

Looking for delicious BBQ in Midtown Memphis? Check out this list of some of our favorite places to get sauced, in no particular order!

BBQ Pork Ribs on a plate
(Source: Central BBQ)

Central BBQ

This award-winning BBQ restaurant has been featured on national TV shows such as Pitmasters and in publications like Southern Living. From ribs to hot wings and everything in between, Central cooks all of their meats low and slow, because good things always take time. Not in Midtown Memphis? Check out their Downtown and East Memphis locations!

WHERE TO FIND IT2249 Central Ave

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BBQ Pork Ribs and pulled pork on a plate with coleslaw and baked beans
(Source: Joe Nierstedt)

The Bar-B-Q Shop

The name says it all, right? Previously voted the #1 ribs in America by the Food Network’s “Top Five Restaurants,” this Madison Avenue eatery also features award-winning gourmet sauces, all made from scratch from original recipes developed over 50 years ago. Check out the full menu on their website, and check out their Facebook page!

WHERE TO FIND IT1782 Madison Ave

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BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich on a plate with coleslaw and baked beans
(Source: Matthew Brown)

Payne's Bar-B-Que

Open since 1972, Payne’s boasts one of the most adventurous BBQ sandwiches in all of Memphis. Payne’s assembles their classic sandwich with deliciously moist pork shoulder, their signature thin, spicy red BBQ sauce, and a scoop of bright yellow, mustard-based coleslaw to give your taste buds one of the more unique BBQ experiences Memphis has to offer. Check out their Facebook page!

WHERE TO FIND IT: 1762 Lamar Ave

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BBQ Cornish Hen on a plate with baked beans, bread, and coleslaw
(Source: Larry Shane)

Cozy Corner Restaurant

Often skimmed over by tourists, the locals love the friendly atmosphere and delicious food of the Cozy Corner Restaurant. Many Memphians recommend the ribs and smoked wings at Cozy Corner, but don’t forget to save room for the banana pudding for dessert! Check out their full menu here, as well as their Facebook page!

WHERE TO FIND IT: 735 North Pkwy

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BBQ Ribs and Brisket on a plate with baked beans and coleslaw
(Source: Tops Bar-B-Que)

Tops Bar-B-Q

With 15 different locations across the Mid-South, Tops has been serving up delicious BBQ, ribs and brisket for over 6 decades.  BBQ is not their only forte though – make sure to check out their fresh ground, cooked to order burgers!  Check out their full menu here, and if you’re not in Midtown Memphis, just look here for a location near you!

WHERE TO FIND IT: 1286 Union Ave

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