The Bar-B-Q Shop

BBQ Joint$$$$
Idlewild-East End Historic, Memphis
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  • This place is famous for their barbecue. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Katina G.
    "Love the BBQ spaghetti!"(13 Tips)
    James
    "The pulled pork sandwich on Texas toast is the way to go."(4 Tips)
    Allen W.
    "Best BBQ in Memphis....hands down!!!"(4 Tips)
    Patrick B.
    "Dry ribs are tender"(3 Tips)
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  • Sergio T.
    The veggie burger is awesome, even if you aren't veggie
  • J.J. N.
    J.J. NixApril 25
    Dynamite spot. Ribs were wonderful just right. Coleslaw delicious and great atmosphere. Highly recommend
  • Bill C.
    Bill CrawfordJune 21, 2016
    One of the top 2 bbq pork sandwiches in Memphis! Ribs and bbq spaghetti are awesome as well You can't go wrong eating here.
  • Brent D.
    Brent DeckardJune 13, 2016
    Dry ribs are best in town
  • マリオ
    マリオMay 26, 2016
    Amazing BBQ. Try the rib tips!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillMay 24, 2016
    Forget the places that the tourists go. This spot had some of the best BBQ I have had in a long time. Get the "shop special" & a rip tip sandwich for the full experience.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WienApril 19, 2016
    Dry or wet. You cant go wrong with the ribs! You will be licking the bare bones!
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherApril 18, 2016
    Half glazed (not wet) and half dry ribs, BBQ spaghetti, pig sandwich, surprisingly good potato salad, great sauce
  • Robert
    RobertFebruary 15, 2016
    Pulled pork is best in the city. My wife likes the bbq bologna.
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LangstonFebruary 12, 2016
    Among the top BBQ restaurants in town. You can get your sandwiches on Texas toast (do it!)
  • Allen W.
    Allen WelchDecember 1, 2015
    Best BBQ in Memphis....hands down!!!
  • Nils H.
    Nils HafnerNovember 8, 2015
    Best BBQ in Town. Go for the ribs with slaw! Great Homemade food.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HerrenOctober 21, 2015
    BBQ sandwich is really good, along with the ribs. Get sweet tea to drink!
  • Bob H.
    Bob HigginsOctober 13, 2015
    The ribs are phenomenal! And the staff is great.
  • Matt F.
    Matt FeyerabendSeptember 19, 2015
    Pork Sandwich
  • Michael W.
    Michael WheelerSeptember 9, 2015
    Fantastic BBQ with not just regular buns but also the choice of Texas Toast. Try the BBQ Spaghetti too if you want something new.
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonAugust 20, 2015
    Try the Pulled Pork in Texas Toast - I had my toast in the side. Pulled pork at the BBQ Shop in Memphis. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonAugust 19, 2015
    Try the Ribs - Awesome! Best Q of my trip! Thanks to AFP Memphis for giving me what I need. (Best BBQ in Memphis.) LOVE this! (via @Foodspotting)
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WhiteJuly 17, 2015
    Get the barbecue pork sandwich plate, slaw on the sandwich. And don't even think about getting a bun in lieu of toast!
  • Libby H.
    Libby HarrisonJuly 13, 2015
    We had the ribs, shoulder sandwich and the beef brisket just under 1 hour ago. The sauce is mouth watering. DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS, and more DELICIOUS!!!!!!
  • Alfredo M.
    The pulled pork was pretty good.
  • Marc
    MarcJuly 2, 2015
    Food Networks #1 Best BBQ - pork ribs
  • Nicha G.
    Nicha G.June 14, 2015
    Order the BBQ platter so you get a little bit of everything. Spaghetti pulled pork is to die for.
  • Miles P.
    Miles PJune 7, 2015
    The ribs were great. Tender and meaty.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinMay 12, 2015
    Dry ribs are tender and delicious + that Texas toast is mmm mmm good! Potato salad and cole slaw leaves some to be desired
  • Thomas K.
    Thomas KieferApril 21, 2015
    Love the pulled pork dinner. The bbq spaghetti is a hit or miss for most, but you still have to try it at least once. I recommend mixing it with some pulled pork.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicFebruary 28, 2015
    Get your sandwich on Texas toast instead of a bun. Much better.
  • James
    JamesJanuary 4, 2015
    One of the places in Memphis to experience world class BBQ. The pulled pork sandwich on Texas toast is the way to go. The ribs are also amazing!
  • Liz H.
    Liz HarknessOctober 19, 2014
    Awesome ribs!
  • Eli MF C.
    Eli MF CashAugust 12, 2014
    Best baked beans in the universe.
  • Robin R.
    Robin ReevesJuly 25, 2014
    Check your bill! Our server added a 20% gratuity and there were only two of us eating!
  • Alyssa O.
    Alyssa OcampoJuly 9, 2014
    BBQ spaghetti ftw! Definitely the only BBQ place I go to in Memphis
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 7, 2014
    The dry vs wet ribs debate is one that has split this city long before I was born and will continue long after I'm gone. I prefer to not take sides so I get my full rack of ribs served half and half.
  • Joshua W.
    Joshua WhitefeatherJune 19, 2014
    Best bbq in Memphis.
  • Jackson S.
    Jackson SandersJune 10, 2014
    The pulled pork sandwich on Texas toast is killer!
  • Bramduff
    BramduffMay 26, 2014
    Being from out of town, the idea of BBQ spaghetti is definately new to me. So glad I tried it. It is delicious.
  • Katina G.
    Katina GarrardMay 17, 2014
    Love the BBQ spaghetti!
  • Ben W.
    Ben WoffMay 3, 2014
    Get a side of their bbq spaghetti. It's worth it.
  • G S.
    G SmithMarch 29, 2014
    Sausage, bologna and cheese plate is ridiculously good. Ribs best in Memphis. Sauce is too.
  • DowntownGran
    DowntownGranJuly 25, 2013
    Our server needs to learn how to not only smile but a pleasant attitude would definitely help her tip-wise.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BarrettJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The bbq spaghetti is good but very rich. It's not for everyone. Need to give it at least one try - you can order it as a side.
  • Satyen V.
    Satyen VoraJune 6, 2013
    Fn A. Brisket sandwich is the best. Spicy sauce is the way to go. Well done, crew.
  • Hunter M.
    Hunter McDowellMay 20, 2013
    Get the pulled pork and BBQ baked beans!
  • Brandon W.
    Brandon WallaceMay 18, 2013
    You cannot beat the BBQ nachos from this place. Amazing!
  • Claire L.
    Claire LunaApril 12, 2013
    Glazed ribs and pulled pork combo. Don't debate it. Order it.
  • Stan H.
    Stan HMarch 26, 2013
    The ribs were better than good. If I lived in Memphis I would be back!
  • Matt B.
    Matt BarrettFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the bbq salad! Awesome deal.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CarrollFebruary 16, 2013
    Decent BBQ, the sauce isn't quite my style, prefer Central to this place, but its worth a try. Avoid the spaghetti, and the beans and slaw were also so-so. Try the pulled sandwich and the ribs.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SmilowitzFebruary 16, 2013
    The BBQ spaghetti is bad. The slaw is bad. The ribs And pulled BBQ are ok. The sauce leaves something to be desired. There are many other great BBQ places in this city to eat at like Central BBQ
  • Emily A.
    Emily AdamsJanuary 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best BBQ in Memphis. Glazed ribs are to die for. Make sure you ask for your pork pulled instead of chopped on a sandwich. And get Texas Toast, not a bun.
  • Kat D.
    Kat DuffyDecember 22, 2012
    Pulled pork sandwich on Texas toast is glorious!
  • Global Private Real Estate L.
    Dancing Pig is the best
  • Tom M.
    Tom ManshreckOctober 17, 2012
    Excellent dry rub
  • Cecile P.
    Cecile PhanAugust 20, 2012
    Try the pork sandwich - ask for it pulled or not it will come chopped. Extra .25 for pulled. Delish!!
  • Katie B.
    Katie BurchJune 23, 2012
    Do not get the BBQ spaghetti.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeJune 7, 2012
    The platter is a great way to sample a little of everything. The pulled pork spaghetti and the meat fest is fantastic. Do not get any chicken here!!!
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeJune 7, 2012
    The pulled pork sandwich is a staple.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeJune 7, 2012
    Get the Bar-B-Q Shop Special for a taste of the full Monty!
  • Robin R.
    Robin ReevesJune 2, 2012
    Don't order the sausage, cheese and crackers appetizer! $9.95 and you get less food than the pork dinner plate and no sides!
  • Kendrick J.
    Kendrick JacksonMay 18, 2012
    Number one rated BBQ in the world!!!!!
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Get the platter with everything and split it with a friend. Damn good ribs and pulled pork. Not a fan of the BBQ spaghetti, sorry Memphis!
  • Victor N.
    Victor NeelyMay 12, 2012
    Great Beef Sandwich on Texas Toast......
  • Julian A.
    Julian AraizaApril 2, 2012
    Almost as good as Kansas City Bar-B-Que.
  • Mike F.
    Mike FabioFebruary 25, 2012
    Try the Dry Rubbed Ribs - Behold: the single greatest rack of ribs I've ever eaten.
  • ✨Desiree M.
    ✨Desiree Madden✨January 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They have the best BBQ nachos ever!!! Go I ad be a fatty and get extra everything.
  • Jared P.
    Jared PJanuary 7, 2012
    BBQ spaghetti for sure.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeDecember 28, 2011
    Not as good as Central BBQ down the street! Check these ribs out. :)
  • Jonathan U.
    Jonathan UnderwoodJuly 25, 2011
    Awesome sweet tea
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca M.July 2, 2011
    The rib tips are good, but even the small is HUGE.
  • Mara P.
    Mara PinedaApril 23, 2011
    No regional beers.
  • Joseph D.
    Joseph DavisApril 17, 2011
    The best BBQ sandwiches, ribs and rib tips in Memphis. Get the BBQ sandwich on Texas toast with the cole slaw or you're not getting it right! Their beans and cole slaw are so good on their own and I'v
  • 🎨 Sara H.
    🎨 Sara HaysApril 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best BBQ in town!
  • Shawn M.
    Shawn MortonJanuary 1, 2011
    Best ribs I've ever had!
  • Logan
    LoganDecember 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    FTMFW
  • DjPharmD
    DjPharmDSeptember 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Ribs! This is the best BBQ spot in the world!!!!
  • MarksMenus
    MarksMenusJune 17, 2010
    Everything here is good. *Everything*.
  • The Commercial Appeal
    A traditional BBQ sandwich is the way to go. Make sure to ask for pulled pork.
  • The Commercial Appeal
    Try the pork sandwich on Texas toast with slaw. Read more
  • Alex M.
    Alex McPeakMay 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Two words: rib tips. With either sauce, the tips are amazing. A lot of people outside of Memphis don't know about tips, so make sure you try them here.
  • Randal C.
    Randal CooperFebruary 17, 2010
    The sausage and cheese plate is among the best in town.
  • Svend H.
    Svend HolstJanuary 25, 2010
    Go Texas toast with your sandwich.
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