Central BBQ

BBQ Joint$$$$
Downtown Memphis, Memphis
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  • Yoav L.
    "Amazing taste, THE BBQ in Memphis..pulled pork was great!"(3 Tips)
    Tony W.
    "Amazing service and the BBQ nachos are a must!!"(4 Tips)
    Chuck W.
    "Try the Ghost River beer with a slab of ribs and some onion rings."(29 Tips)
    LMNOP618
    "Best BBQ Ever!!!!! Brisket is the ISH and super fast service"(11 Tips)
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  • JT
    JT1 week ago
    Great BBQ! Go with ribs half and half (half dry/half wet). Best ribs in Memphis.
  • David R.
    David Ramsey1 week ago
    Split the combo - good for 2, not for 4.
  • Gary T.
    Tennessee Hot Wings
  • Theo J.
    Theo JamesMarch 19
    Not the best I've ever had but was good.
  • Gabby C.
    Gabby CotteeFebruary 27
    Wingz all day
  • Yoav L.
    Yoav LotanFebruary 6
    Amazing taste, THE BBQ in Memphis..pulled pork was great!
  • Moe A.
    Moe AliJanuary 4
    The brisket were tasteless, so disappointed
  • LMNOP618
    LMNOP618October 10, 2016
    Life is great at this place
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MarvelsAugust 1, 2016
    Everything plus the banana pudding is the bomb
  • Me M.
    Me MeJuly 24, 2016
    Barbecues half chicken plate.
  • Major D.
    Major DeberryJuly 8, 2016
    The Ribs!!!!!! They are amazing. I have eaten a lot of ribs and incredible
  • Connie H.
    Connie HaroJune 26, 2016
    Beef brisket and ribs were super yummy! Friendly staff and a convenient location! Definitely worth the stop!
  • David D.
    David DayJune 24, 2016
    Awesome BBQ all around from Ribs to Brisket and Pork! Having all of the regional sauces available is phenomenal! Huge and spacious with a good local beer selection! The service was fast and courteous!
  • Malcolm D.
    Malcolm DaileyJune 22, 2016
    Pork plate
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillMay 24, 2016
    This is in my top two BBQ joints Memphis. Try the "Combo plate with ribs" to get a good taste of what they do.
  • Gerardo V.
    Gerardo ValerdiMay 1, 2016
    Hands down the best BBQ in Memphis!
  • Gerardo V.
    Gerardo ValerdiApril 22, 2016
    Best BBQ in town!
  • LMNOP618
    LMNOP618April 12, 2016
    Best BBQ Ever!!!!! Brisket is the ISH and super fast service
  • Natasha M.
    Natasha MaytonMarch 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to fill up after visiting the National Civil Rights Museum. Good for live music and most important of all-Award Winning BBQ!
  • Bob B.
    Bob BretnallMarch 25, 2016
    Ribs and bbq chicken.
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EickMarch 21, 2016
    I loved the ribs here, and the sausage was great too
  • Gerardo A.
    Gerardo AriasMarch 6, 2016
    good place and great food!
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LangstonFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    2nd best of the bunch. Be careful parking at the museum during the day. Get the nachos with their housemade chips
  • Mark H.
    Mark HJanuary 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Still the best
  • Calvin T.
    Calvin TarltonDecember 31, 2015
    Very tender pulled pork bbq. All sauces were excellent as well. I would definitely go back.
  • Tone M.
    Tone MosleyNovember 29, 2015
    Not incredibly impressed. Half slab rib were good w/ your choice of sauces. Greens watered down & Mac n cheese bland. Great beer selection.
  • Dan T.
    Dan TorresNovember 2, 2015
    Don't miss the BBQ nachos with pork!
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BynumSeptember 27, 2015
    2 people can easily split a full rack of ribs. Get 1/2 wet and 1/2 dry rub. Mac and cheese was awesome
  • Karen I W.
    Karen I WoodallAugust 15, 2015
    This was an experience trying dry rub BBQ sauce on ribs. It was truly good no it was beyond good. It was Mmmmmmmmm delicious.
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BanksAugust 5, 2015
    Ribs and Mac and cheese along with the sauces. The brisket was a little on the lean side
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireJuly 30, 2015
    A little bit dry for my taste, but it worth the experience.
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WhiteJuly 20, 2015
    Get the ribs and then go back and get them again.
  • Ross
    RossJuly 14, 2015
    order the half dry/ half wet ribs with a side of pulled pork and spend the rest of your day smiling
  • Jacqueline K.
    Jacqueline KerbyJuly 11, 2015
    Pulled pork bbq and mac'n'cheese
  • Alfredo M.
    Alfredo Mendez-SaldanaJuly 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Mac N'Cheese...so much yes!
  • Daniella C.
    Pulled pork sandwich and sweet tea!
  • Mitch M.
    Mitch MJune 6, 2015
    The pulled poek nachos are amaaaaazing.
  • Alberto H.
    Awesome BBQ ! Pork or brisket, you'll enjoy it ! I guarantee !
  • Luci S.
    Luci SmethurstMay 17, 2015
    Very average pulled chicken - BBQ sauce was good though and food was great value
  • Marc
    MarcApril 24, 2015
    Thrillist Top BBQ List: ...outdoor deck... loin back ribs are rubbed w/their special rib rub, marinated overnight, and slow smoked. Get the house-made potato chips w/chunky bleu cheese dressing
  • Kelz H.
    Kelz HornMarch 2, 2015
    Ribs, pulled pork, bbq nachos
  • Kelz H.
    Kelz HornMarch 2, 2015
    Good ribs and pulled pork. My favorite bbq sauce in memphis!
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MoloneyFebruary 8, 2015
    Pulled pork was outstanding! Beans are great, but spicy. Highly recommend!
  • Nancy V.
    Nancy VOctober 13, 2014
    The wings are some if the best I've ever had! Good selection in beers. Great onion rings.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HSeptember 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best BBQ in Memphis. Don't believe the hype about a certain other place that you might want to rendezvous with friends. This place is better hands down.
  • Eduardo M.
    Eduardo MoreauSeptember 9, 2014
    Excellent place, I liked it. I recommend it!!!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MasonSeptember 1, 2014
    Barbecue Nachos are out if this world!
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldAugust 23, 2014
    Burnt ends are available off the menu and were extraordinary.
  • Zack P.
    Zack PettisAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing beef brisket
  • Zack P.
    Zack PettisAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beef brisket
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan StraussAugust 1, 2014
    Best dry ribs this California boy has ever tasted!
  • heather w.
    heather wallaceJune 14, 2014
    Hey vegetarians!! They got portabellas!!
  • Patrisha B.
    Patrisha BookerMay 31, 2014
    Nachos are great!
  • Adriane R.
    Adriane ReillyMay 25, 2014
    The ribs were the bomb.com! They don't even need sauce. And Thomas gave us a tour of the smoker for our friends' rehearsal dinner!
  • Kaleo M.
    Kaleo MullenMay 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    These folks really restored my faith in marijuana.
  • Kevin Y.
    Kevin YancyMay 8, 2014
    Don't be discouraged if long waiting line to/out the door. They r incredibly efficient @ getting u n & seated for some great BBQ. I've historically been an Interstate BBQ fan but this is my new fav!
  • Pedro A.
    Pedro AguiarMay 7, 2014
    Awesome ribs!!!! Hugeeee
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan MyszkowskiApril 29, 2014
    I'm a vegetarian...and I ate the chicken. It's THAT good. Run here as fast as your legs will carry you and then waddle away happy.
  • Sean M.
    Sean McBrideApril 1, 2014
    Delicious ribs (my favorite in Memphis) and a big selection of local craft beers. Talk to the guy serving the beers about them, he knows a lot!
  • Paul V.
    Paul VolpeMarch 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Smoked turkey salad was more turkey than salad!
  • Katie B.
    Katie Benjamin SteedMarch 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Now serving tamales!
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherDecember 31, 2013
    Sooo good! And the turkey salad is exceptional! One of the best I've had. And don't miss the Peanut Butter Pie!
  • K M.
    K MDecember 28, 2013
    BBQ nachos and brisket sandwich are great!
  • Sean S.
    Sean SilerNovember 26, 2013
    Pork rinds! Made fresh on site, and totally awesome. Must have.
  • Tony W.
    Tony WeaverSeptember 2, 2013
    Amazing service and the BBQ nachos are a must!!
  • Jason S.
    Jason StoffAugust 26, 2013
    Awesome ribs - not-so-awesome slaw.
  • Elaine E.
    Elaine ErnstAugust 24, 2013
    Plate with brisket, chicken and chopped pork, potato salad and greens. OMG!! Sooooo good! Get in here, people! Stop in after you see the National Civil Rights Museum. It's across the street!!
  • Wendi H.
    Wendi HaysAugust 10, 2013
    My new favorite BBQ joint in Memphis. The staff is beyond incredible and made the experience twice as enjoyable. They're doing everything right at Central BBQ.
  • Chuck W.
    Chuck WestfallJuly 21, 2013
    Try the Ghost River beer with a slab of ribs and some onion rings. Be sure to bring your friends and your appetite!
  • Vick W.
    Vick WilliamsJuly 19, 2013
    Long ass walk from the Peabody
  • Marie B.
    Marie BeeneJuly 8, 2013
    Awesome food!!
  • Gonzalo B.
    Gonzalo BolivarJune 30, 2013
    If it's your first time here, come with friends, spend $30 and share the combo plate and a half-slab of half-n-half (wet & dry) ribs.
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CronkhiteJune 30, 2013
    Great food, great patio, great service
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BevelJune 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the High Cotton Saison while they have it..nice spicy seasonal!
  • Amy
    AmyJune 22, 2013
    This place is not that great. The brisket and turkey taste just like lunch meat. The rolls are average and the ribs are decent but nothing to write home about. The BBQ sauce sucks and makes it worse.
  • John E.
    John EichtenMay 30, 2013
    JC is awesome!
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PackApril 15, 2013
    Get the wings
  • Kenny T.
    Kenny TranApril 13, 2013
    Get the ribs !
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LittleFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best pulled pork in the city. AND great beer on tap.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BeutnerDecember 27, 2012
    Best ribs and BBQ chips! National geographic doesn't lie!
  • Kelli M.
    Kelli MDecember 2, 2012
    Nice bathrooms with golden pigs stencilled on the wall!
  • Kela S.
    Kela SmallOctober 21, 2012
    The turkey is so good. I recommend it over the chicken.
  • Iryna A.
    Iryna AndryushchenkoOctober 9, 2012
    Great food! Amazing service!!!!!!!
  • Marito
    MaritoSeptember 28, 2016
    Ribs! Y la cerveza tirada
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