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General Info
Home of the DANCING PIGS Bar-B-Q Sauce and Seasoning. Serving the Same Recipe for over 50 Years. "Our Pork Bar-B-Q & Beef Bar-B-Q are cooked on a real Bar-B-Q Pit, and our Mild & Hot Sauces are made from Scratch!!" - From the Owner, Frank Vernon
Business History
The unique taste of The Bar-B-Q Shop's gourmet award winning sauces has always been something that has set The Bar-B-Q Shop off from other barbeque restaurants. The recipes for our gourmet sauces have been around for over fifty years. In 1995, the Vernon family decided to give their sauces and seasoning more of a branding. So they came up with The Dancing Pigs Product line.
Hours

Regular Hours

SunClosed

Services/Products
Barbecue and Dry Seasoning
Payment method
amex, mastercard, discover, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Location
Downtown Memphis!
Neighborhoods
Idlewild-East End Historic, Midtown
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Categories
Barbecue Restaurants, Restaurant Menus, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Cuisines: Barbecue

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Charlotte M.

01/25/2016

Overall

Terrible! Ribs were tender! But had no flavor or seasoning! And the bb spaghetti was horrible! Only thing I enjoyed was the baked beans! My husband said it was the worst draft beer he ever tasted! NEVER EVER AGAIN!

ccastle

10/06/2012

Overall
Lip Smackin'!

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.

ddgish

12/19/2011

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Fantastic BBQ sandwiches

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.

sophie3566

12/13/2011

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midtowncowboy

08/15/2011

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Dreams of Dancing Pigs

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.

ylust

03/16/2011

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Don't waste your time OR MONEY!!!

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!!

Memphis7910

12/13/2010

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Best BBQ, Hands down

I've grown up in Memphis and if you've ever spent any time with a Memphis native, you'll know that we are BBQ snobs! The BBQ shop is the ONLY BBQ restaurant that I will go to! It's amazing and it's locally owned!

KevMed

11/10/2009

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The Best Ribs Ever

The ribs and pulled pork were the best I have ever had. I also tried Corky's, Corky's does not match up to the ribs here. The Pie was awesome too.

aba477

10/04/2009

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The best!

OK everyone, the best barbecue in the world!!! Hands down, the best.

un4givun2

03/24/2008

Overall
Love this place

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!

un4givun2

03/24/2008

Overall
Best Dry Ribs!!!!

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.

bmw_rider

08/02/2006

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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!

ab ladybug

08/11/2005

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Best Bar-B-Q in the World!

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!!!

jeannamus

05/23/2005

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User review by jeannamus

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!!!

lbanmtr4ever

02/21/2003

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Mmm

I hate BBQ. But when I come here with my dad I feel welcomed by the friendly service, they always have a bright smile to warm everyones heart. Here its not really known as the Bar-b-q shop, its better known as Franks.

superstovall

02/01/2003

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It's in the sauce...

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.