Central BBQ

BBQ Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
Cooper Young, Memphis
  • This place is famous for their barbecue. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Chris K.
    "Best BBQ in Memphis...ribs and turkey are my favorite."(11 Tips)
    Derek D.
    "Can't go wrong with the BBQ nachos and banana pudding for dessert."(25 Tips)
    Ben K.
    "Order a slab of ribs dry and try the different sauces."(5 Tips)
    Kenny U.
    "Pulled pork nachos, ribs, brisket; it's all great."(7 Tips)
159 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • ribs
  • BBQ nachos
  • lively
  • chicken wings
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  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TJanuary 7, 2017
    The best non-Georgia BBQ I've ever had (this Georgia girl is super biased). Their dry rub ribs are heavenly. Also adored their mustard BBQ sauce. And we were surrounded by locals...always comforting!
  • Maria Elena A.
    Maria Elena AmaralMay 11, 2016
    Pulled pork is excellent and choice of BBQ sauces & sell variety of BBQ sauces & rubs! They make their own potato chips which are so crispy and delicious. Can't wait to get back to Central BBQ!
  • James
    JamesJanuary 5, 2015
    Absolutely one of the best places for BBQ in the 901. The ribs, pulled pork platter, and BBQ nachos are all excellent choices.
  • Bernd B.
    Bernd BrennerMarch 26, 2015
    The barbecue at Central BBQ is legendary in Memphis and you can certainly taste it! It is a small restaurant but they also have some tables outside, where you can sit if it is warm enough.
  • Jeff N.
    Jeff NixAugust 8, 2014
    The barbecue nachos are a must, otherwise I think the best barbecue in Memphis is The Bar B Q Shop. The sauce is great but only the second best in Memphis.
  • Twirly J.
    Twirly J 💃March 13, 2012
    Hot sauce is delicious and not too spicy at all, but if you like sweet, stick to mild sauce. Too sweet for me but good. Mac is very cheesy and yummy! BBQ beans are great too.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BSeptember 29, 2017
    The best BBQ I've had in Memphis. Great ribs, pulled pork, BBQ nachos, salads. Grab a beer while in line and try ALL of the many sauces.
  • Clint J.
    Clint JonesJuly 6, 2013
    Traditional pork nachos were as good as everyone promised. Next time I'm going to put a twist on it and ask for the house made kettle chips instead of store bought tortilla.
  • heather w.
    heather wallaceMay 10, 2016
    Tip for vegans and vegetarians- they have a bbq portobello sandwich and if you ask nicely, they'll make portobello nachos.
  • Jose C.
    Jose CariasOctober 2, 2015
    Hands down best bbq in Memphis. From brisket to nachos to charcuterie, to mix wet and dry ribs. Also visit their Summer Ave and South Main locations
  • Ceasar S.
    Ceasar SmithApril 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a large plate of home made potato chips that's made fresh daily and seasoned just right with a side of chunky bleu cheese dressin for dipping.
  • Katie B.
    Katie Benjamin SteedMay 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I'm convinced that everything here is good, but a lot of people don't know about their smoked chicken wings— they're the best in Memphis. Try the dry rub!
  • Chris G.
    Chris GonzalesApril 25, 2016
    Get their dry ribs (OMG these ribs) and try different sauces (the "hot" is a bit vinegary but delicious). Mac & cheese is also incredible.
  • Vonnie J.
    Vonnie JeffersMarch 24, 2013
    I had the pork plate with slaw and chips. Absolutely the BEST! My husband had a full slab of ribs and they were full of meat and super tender.
  • Mary P.
    Mary PinsonAugust 30, 2014
    do yourself a favor and pick up some pork rinds to snack on later. the banana pudding is great too, if you can squeeze it in your belly. #beachbody
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LangstonFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The OG and the best branch in town. Parking is a mess, but it's well worth the wait. Better wings than most chicken joints
  • Christine F.
    Christine FranzJanuary 7, 2016
    I had the 1/2 slab of ribs (wet) from the meat menu with a side of mac n cheese. Awesome and the perfect amount.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurJanuary 1, 2017
    Get anything with the sweet heat sauce on it. And top that mac m cheese with their own BBQ shake or dry rub. Yum!
  • Adam T.
    Adam ThompsonMarch 19, 2015
    Half order of pork nachos on house chips with jalapeños and a half order of dry rub wings is the best meal going.
  • Kyla W.
    Kyla WagnerOctober 8, 2013
    If you are short on time call ahead and eat on the patio! Pick up orders you can go right in and pay at the kitchen window
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WhiteJuly 22, 2015
    The rib meat falls off the bones, and the barbecue nachos are not to be missed. Best barbecue in Memphis.
  • Connor A.
    Connor ANovember 16, 2014
    Pulled pork sandwich is phenomenal. Oh and they have local beer on tap! What else do you need?
  • Tia G.
    Tia GripperJuly 10, 2017
    Definitely go for the ribs, 1/2 wet 1/2 dry with the mac-n-cheese and BBQ beans. This combo is a definite winner!
  • Carrie N.
    Carrie NenonenFebruary 13, 2015
    The sausage is silly it is good! Actually, all meats were incredible. Skip the sides as only ok.
  • Tom M.
    Tom ManshreckMarch 17, 2017
    Best dry rub in Memphis. When you order your ribs let them know "dry", "wet" or "half and half"
  • Ben K.
    Ben KeslerJanuary 20, 2013
    A half order of pulled pork BBQ nachos is plenty. Best around!
  • Scott P.
    Scott PulleyMay 30, 2011
    1st timer yesterday - 2nd timer today! The BBQ pork nacho's were the bomb! Today, had the pork plate with 1/4 slab ribs - so good!!
  • Anthony
    AnthonySeptember 13, 2015
    The combo plate with 3 meats and sides, yummy had to get a take home box just couldn't finish the plate off.
  • Ceasar S.
    Ceasar SmithApril 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a large plate of their homemade chips with a side of chunky blue cheese for dipping!
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BevelDecember 16, 2016
    The pork is amazing, but check out the wings - smoked with several sauces and rub options
  • Kris C.
    Kris ConcepcionSeptember 21, 2013
    Get the pulled pork or the wet ribs! (Or get both!)
  • Cory
    CoryDecember 31, 2016
    Ribs have a great smoke ring and crust, and STILL fall off the bone. So good...
  • Kenny U.
    Kenny UgelJanuary 12, 2016
    Pulled pork nachos, ribs, brisket; it's all great. The best BBQ in Memphis.
  • DeLa D.
    DeLa DosDecember 28, 2014
    full order of bbq nachos is very substantial.. line can be out the door.. so bring a coat if it's cold..
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweDecember 29, 2014
    This joint has great BBQ brisket. And the staff will coach you on which sides to get.
  • Laura R.
    Laura RoggSeptember 6, 2016
    Great food! Be prepared to wait a little, but it's worth it. Lots of meat on the plates!
  • Allie B.
    Allie BrownMarch 24, 2015
    Has the BEST bbq nachos you'll ever taste! This weather makes it amazing to sit outside!
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TaubJuly 5, 2016
    One of the best sauces I've had and he BBQ is fantastic. Get here early.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeDecember 28, 2011
    Behold the full order of Pulled Pork BBQ Nachos! You will tell your grandchildren of this victorious day!
  • Mallory L.
    Mallory LightmanNovember 23, 2012
    The BBQ Nachos are where happiness originates for all. Don't pass up this gem.
  • Christina F.
    Christina FrancesSeptember 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the BBQ nachos on their homemade chips :) makes them even better!
  • Zachary C.
    Zachary CobbAugust 28, 2015
    After hearing all the rave reviews especially in regards to the pork I thought the meal was just "ok" dried out not much flavor. Ribs were good. Not on level with Kansas City BBQ places though.
  • Mindy
    MindyJune 19, 2012
    Best pulled pork sandwich in Memphis! Put the BBQ sauce on your Mac and cheese! Pure heaven!!!
  • Steve F.
    Steve FrickDecember 22, 2016
    Order a full rack, you'll thank me.
  • Prakruthi P.
    Prakruthi PhanirajApril 9, 2015
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  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GoldbergJune 3, 2014
    Half slab of rib and 2 sides will change your life
  • Tulani
    TulaniSeptember 7, 2014
    BBQ ribs are top level. Great spot for groups too!
  • Mary P.
    Mary PinsonAugust 30, 2014
    get the ribs! and the potato salad...soo good.
  • Kara M.
    Kara MundyFebruary 19, 2016
    Just get the ribs half and half with mac and cheese. Solid.
  • Kaydee B.
    Kaydee BJune 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the ribs, pulled pork, and buy some mild bbq sauce to take home wit cha!
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