The BBQ Shop
1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
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THE best bbq I've ever had from a restaurant! The ribs pull apart effortlessly and the meat just melts in your mouth, as does the pulled sandwich meat. The flavor, seasonings, and proprietary sauce are mellow and not sweet or smokey. The same goes for their baked beans. They, along with other sides, are delicious, too. I've been a customer & fan for decades and the experience has always been consistent. CONS: The bbq spaghetti is...well...nasty, and should just be taken off the menu. The service is a little slow and sometimes impersonable.
12/19/2011Provided by Citysearch -
This is my go-to BBQ place when nothing but the best chopped pork sandwich will do. I haven't tried anything else because that's what I want when I go there. The person who slammed it either doesn't know what they're talking about or simply had a rare bad experience. The fact that he/she didn't like the sauce makes me suspect it's the former. I've lived in Memphis 30+ years and have never had better sauce anywhere. We took my cousin from Newcastle, England there and he's dying to go back, so it isn't just me.
12/13/2011Provided by Citysearch -
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08/15/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I'm a Memphis native who has relocated to central Florida. Some nights I dream of Bar-B-Q. Most of my dreams revolve Frank and families Bar-B-Q Shop Restaurant.
An admitted Bar-B-Q snob, the Bar-B-Que Shop is my favorite, although even a Tops' bar-b-q would taste like heaven now. I wish I could find Dancing Pigs rub and sauce here.
03/16/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My family and I came to Memphis for a couple of days and had to see what the city had to offer in the bbq department. The locals gave us several suggestions so we chose the bbq shop.
OMG! where do I start? First off, in order to have good bbq, the sauce MUST BE superb. Well the sauce totally sucks!! I can tell the ribs were not properly prepped, not marinaded at all. I should have know something when I barely SMELLED bbq smoke in the air (*:*) wow! and the sides...well, the bbq spaghetti must have been made with stale pasta, the slaw was not unique in taste (worse than captn d's slaw) and to top it off the waitress tells us they ran out of texas toast. HUH? are you serious?? Geez Louise. However, the best thing we had was the water w/ Lemon :) I'm so glad I know real bbq because this place by far is not it!
FYI CHECK OUT SAW'S bbq in HOMEWOOD, ALABAMA IF YOU WANT SOME TOP NOTCH BBQ, AWESOME SIDES, AND reasonable priced!!
Best dry ribs in the state! Best prices in the state! Best service in the state! If it's your first visit, you have to try the ribs, onion rings, and cole slaw. If you don't eat pork then try their BBQ brisket sandwich between Texas toast. Their jumbo sandwich will fill you up!
If you like dry ribs or if you have never tried dry ribs you have to come to this place. They are better than any other BBQ place in Memphis when it comes to dry ribs. There are some close competitors for the wet ribs and depending on your taste you may or may not think BBQ-Shop's wet ribs are any better than Neelies or Interstates or Corkies. Once you have tried their dry ribs you will never go back to wet ribs. The atmosphere and the prices can't be beat either. If you don't eat pork don't dispare! They have the best BBQ brisket sandwich in the state. Try it between their Texas toast. You have to try their Cole Slaw. I hate cole slaw and I get a double order every time I come to this place. If you like onion rings you have to get a side with your meal or as an appetizer. You waon't regret it. Forget any diet and come give this Mid-Town restaurant a try. You won't regret it.
08/02/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I am a native North Carolinian, and really like barbecued pig. I have eaten barbecue all over the state of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georga, and Virginia. I was curious to see what Memphis could add to this culinary delight, so on my way through that city, I stopped at a local C store and asked three people where the best barbecue in town was. Two people reccommended the Bar b q Shop, so that's where I went.
Am I glad that was the place i chose! I had a combination platter because I wanted to taste as many different varietys of the stuff as I could. Everything was excellent, but the dried ribs were just to die for. Memphis and the Bar b q Shop will always have a fond place in my heart, and tastebuds. This is the best barbecue I have EVER eaten!
Eat here. I PROMISE YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!
08/11/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I adore the Bar-B-Q Shop. I moved to Memphis a year ago, and this was one of the first places I went for Bar-B-Q. After trying a few other places, I decided, ""Why waste my time anyplace else?!"" Eric is the son part of the father/son team, and he's such a sweet guy. I've run into him in the grocery store and at The Blue Plate, and he always stops to say hello. This was the first place I tried Bar-B-Q Spaghetti. Sounds crazy, but it's amazing. In fact, I'm drooling just sitting here thinking about the place. I have to go call in a pick-up order RIGHT NOW!!!
05/23/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I am a native Memphian living in Europe, and I can tell you that this is the very first place I eat whenever I come home! It outshines the better known places among the locals, so if you want a real taste of Memphis Barbecue, this is your best bet. The ribs are absolutely to die for... order them dry, and choose your sauce (Hot or Mild)! The meat is well seasoned, and so tender that it literally will fall off the bone. While living in south Georgia near my brother and his wife, also Memphis natives, it was a rule that when one of us made it home, we had to bring back a cooler full for the others! MMM!!!
02/01/2003Provided by Citysearch -
As a Memphis-born, self-proclaimed foodie, I'll go on record as saying that this place has the best barbeque sauce in Memphis and some of the best barbeque period. The quality of their pulled-pork sandwiches and ribs are amazing, north of 75% of the time, but occassionally, you'll get something dry. But this happens at the best of places, so I don't weigh that too heavily. If you have a blood-pact with your favorite barbeque place (as many southerners do) , then just take the Bar-B-Q Shop's sauce with you to your joint of choice. You'll be drinking it sooner or later, it's that good.