Central BBQ

BBQ Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
Cooper Young, Memphis
157 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • ribs
  • BBQ nachos
  • lively
  • chicken wings
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  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TJanuary 7
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    Best dry rub in Memphis. When you order your ribs let them know "dry", "wet" or "half and half"
  • 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!!
  • Ben K.
    Ben KeslerJanuary 20, 2013
    A half order of pulled pork BBQ nachos is plenty. Best around!
  • 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.
  • Kris C.
    Kris ConcepcionSeptember 21, 2013
    Get the pulled pork or the wet ribs! (Or get both!)
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BevelDecember 16, 2016
    The pork is amazing, but check out the wings - smoked with several sauces and rub options
  • 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!
  • 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 S.
    DeLa SweeneyDecember 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!
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeDecember 28, 2011
    Behold the full order of Pulled Pork BBQ Nachos! You will tell your grandchildren of this victorious day!
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TaubJuly 5, 2016
    One of the best sauces I've had and he BBQ is fantastic. Get here early.
  • 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!
  • Mindy
    MindyJune 19, 2012
    Best pulled pork sandwich in Memphis! Put the BBQ sauce on your Mac and cheese! Pure heaven!!!
  • 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.
  • Steve F.
    Steve FrickDecember 22, 2016
    Order a full rack, you'll thank me.
  • Prakruthi P.
    Prakruthi PhanirajApril 9, 2015
    Hey Central! I love your restaurant! You should check out Freebie! It has provided benefits for me. I'm sure it will for you too! Read more
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Kara M.
    Kara MundyFebruary 19, 2016
    Just get the ribs half and half with mac and cheese. Solid.
  • Chris K.
    Chris KelleySeptember 3, 2011
    Best BBQ in Memphis...ribs and turkey are my favorite. Great beers tap.
  • Ty B.
    Ty BlakerNovember 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Call ahead for a to go order. No waiting! Love the Central BBQ.
  • Ariel T.
    Ariel TaranskiOctober 5, 2015
    Best in Memphis, and the nachos make for a great after-class snack!
  • Roxanna H.
    Roxanna HajjafarFebruary 20, 2015
    Pulled pork, house made chips, greens, and Mac and cheese are the best!
  • Justin G.
    Justin GeorgeMarch 14, 2016
    Dry rub ribs take the cake, potato salad is good if you like potato salad
  • Jo Ann S.
    Jo Ann SabbaghNovember 30, 2012
    Beef brisket was so tender I cut it with my fork.
  • Derek D.
    Derek DavenportDecember 14, 2011
    Can't go wrong with the BBQ nachos and banana pudding for dessert.
  • Tammie T.
    Tammie TabeFebruary 17, 2013
    This place stays busy. If on lunch call ahead. So worth the wait.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HerrenOctober 17, 2015
    Wings were great. Come early, this place is super busy.
  • Marika C.
    Marika CackettSeptember 4, 2011
    Get the pork nachos...the 1/2 portion is plenty...oh and pee before you get here.
  • Susan P.
    Susan PrichardOctober 26, 2014
    Best BBQ in Memphis! Love the wings too!
  • Ruben G.
    Ruben GuerreroMay 18, 2014
    Can't go wrong with the ribs or pulled pork.
  • Eric K.
    Eric KnightJanuary 17, 2013
    Try the mustard sauce on your BBQ . Completely different experience
  • Raphael
    RaphaelAugust 4, 2015
    Top notch Memphis dry rub BBQ!
  • Michele W.
    Michele WalkerJuly 14, 2013
    Their pulled pork sandwich is the best in Memphis!
  • T.K. P.
    T.K. PhungDecember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the BBQ nachos with fries instead of chips!
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherOctober 8, 2016
    Dry ribs, BBQ nachos, BBQ sandwich, pork rinds
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsMarch 14
    Get the dry ribs and collared greens! A+
  • Brantley D.
    Brantley DavidsonSeptember 10, 2011
    My favorite ribs in Memphis. Perfect for a Saturday college football game day.
  • Randi S.
    Randi StroudJune 14, 2013
    Their BBQ nachos are to die for!!!
  • Erin W.
    Erin WillisFebruary 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I cannot get enough of the pulled pork. Such good flavor.
  • Mr M.
    Mr MaggioMarch 6, 2016
    One of the top 3 bbq spots in Memphis
  • Alison
    AlisonMarch 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Forgo the fries and potato salad and get their homemade chips as one of your sides. So good. Read more
  • Jeremy A.
    Jeremy ArmstrongAugust 17, 2011
    Get the chicken wings jerk and the ribs half and half.
  • Gary D.
    Gary DavisMay 2, 2014
    I go here to get my barbecue everytime I'm in Memphis!!
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireOctober 15, 2016
    Great way to know kore about american style bbq!
  • Timothy W.
    Timothy WilsonMay 1, 2011
    What a great place. Dry wings, dry ribs, excellent.
  • Kingston
    KingstonMay 4, 2011
    Best ribs I've ever had! Definitely worth the stop.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GMay 28, 2010
    Can't go wrong with anything here. Be prepared to stand in line a while during prime time.
  • Heather
    HeatherJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Put the BBQ sauce in your potato salad. Soooo surprisingly good.
  • Mark R.
    Mark RussellOctober 18, 2013
    Great service. Tried the award- winning pulled pork sandwich.
  • Knote W.
    Knote WrthyJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    order your ribs dry and add sauce
  • Brian W.
    Brian WebbMay 9, 2010
    Put the mustard sauce in your cole slaw, it's awesome. Best BBQ in Memphis by far!
  • James H.
    James HerrinMarch 5, 2014
    Nacho's on the potato chips and half slab of ribs ftw!
  • IFC
    IFCJuly 6, 2011
    Who doesn’t like great BBQ? Stop by this popular BBQ restaurant to experience what the hype is all about.
  • Robin D.
    Robin DoranskiMay 25, 2013
    The homemade potato chips are awesome
  • Milli M.
    Milli MikeJuly 26, 2010
    The turkey is delicious! No meat in the greens either. A rarity in the South.
  • Marguerite L.
    Marguerite LongMay 27, 2012
    Don't get the potato Salad...but the BBQ is great
  • Alexander B.
    Alexander Büch3 weeks ago
    Rips and wings are outstanding good
  • Katie D.
    Katie DuncanJuly 23, 2013
    rendez-who? best barbecue in memphis. unf.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SharpMarch 31, 2012
    The BBQ nachos are wonderful.
  • The Commercial Appeal
    The ribs here are excellent. Get some BBQ nachos as well. Read more
  • Jody C.
    Jody CalhounJuly 5, 2013
    Some of the best BBQ I have ever had!!!!
  • Anthony W.
    Anthony WindramMarch 30, 2014
    Get the pork plate and pig out on piggy.
  • Greg B.
    Greg BrownJuly 16, 2016
    Ribs baby! (We went for the dry rub)
  • David T.
    David TraxlerJanuary 27, 2012
    Pork plate covered in mustard and hot sauce. Done.
  • José P.
    José PachecoFebruary 7, 2014
    Best BBQ ever. Try Nachos BBQ
  • Ann D.
    Ann DexterDecember 1, 2013
    Great Food. Love the atmosphere
  • Doug T.
    Doug TullMay 19, 2012
    BBQ Nachos are a must.
  • Clayton J.
    Clayton JohnsonFebruary 23, 2015
    BBQ pork sandwich w/slaw is the bomb.
  • Brad F.
    Brad FOctober 2, 2014
    One of the best BBQ in Memphis
  • Javier O.
    Javier O.August 17, 2016
    Increíble!, la mejor costilla que he probado en mi vida
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