The Bar-B-Q Shop

BBQ Joint · Idlewild-East End Historic
1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104, United States
Hours:
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Beer
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No
8.5/10

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    Alyssa O.
    "BBQ spaghetti ftw! Definitely the only BBQ place I go to in Memphis"(12 Tips)
    Allen W.
    "Best BBQ in Memphis....hands down!!!"(4 Tips)
    James
    "The pulled pork sandwich on Texas toast is the way to go."(4 Tips)
    Joseph D.
    "The best BBQ sandwiches, ribs and rib tips in Memphis."(4 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • ribs
  • pulled pork
  • sandwiches
  • Texas toast
  • baked beans
  • authentic
  • casual
  • family-friendly
  • good for groups
  • brisket
  • BBQ nachos
  • cole slaw
  • great value
  • sweet tea
  • dancing
  • potato salad
  • cozy
  • good for a quick meal
  • spicy food
  • マリオ
    Amazing BBQ. Try the rib tips!
    マリオ · 2 days ago
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  • Ricky S.
    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.
    Ricky Sherrill · 4 days ago
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  • Matt W.
    Dry or wet. You cant go wrong with the ribs! You will be licking the bare bones!
    Matt Wien · April 19
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  • Jeremy F.
    Half glazed (not wet) and half dry ribs, BBQ spaghetti, pig sandwich, surprisingly good potato salad, great sauce
    Jeremy Fisher · April 18
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  • Robert
    Pulled pork is best in the city. My wife likes the bbq bologna.
    Robert · February 15
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  • Tiffany L.
    Among the top BBQ restaurants in town. You can get your sandwiches on Texas toast (do it!)
    Tiffany Langston · February 12
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  • Allen W.
    Best BBQ in Memphis....hands down!!!
    Allen Welch · December 1, 2015
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  • Nils H.
    Best BBQ in Town. Go for the ribs with slaw! Great Homemade food.
    Nils Hafner · November 8, 2015
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  • Eric H.
    BBQ sandwich is really good, along with the ribs. Get sweet tea to drink!
    Eric Herren · October 21, 2015
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  • Bob H.
    The ribs are phenomenal! And the staff is great.
    Bob Higgins · October 13, 2015
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  • Matt F.
    Pork Sandwich
    Matt Feyerabend · September 19, 2015
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  • Michael W.
    Fantastic BBQ with not just regular buns but also the choice of Texas Toast. Try the BBQ Spaghetti too if you want something new.
    Michael Wheeler · September 9, 2015
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  • Jim A.
    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 Anderson · August 20, 2015
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  • Jim A.
    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)
    Jim Anderson · August 19, 2015
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  • Alexandra W.
    Get the barbecue pork sandwich plate, slaw on the sandwich. And don't even think about getting a bun in lieu of toast!
    Alexandra White · July 17, 2015
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  • Libby H.
    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!!!!!!
    Libby Harrison · July 13, 2015
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  • Alfredo M.
    The pulled pork was pretty good.
    Alfredo Mendez-Saldana · July 9, 2015
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  • Marc E.
    Food Networks #1 Best BBQ - pork ribs
    Marc E · July 2, 2015
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  • Nicha G.
    Order the BBQ platter so you get a little bit of everything. Spaghetti pulled pork is to die for.
    Nicha G. · June 14, 2015
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  • Miles P.
    The ribs were great. Tender and meaty.
    Miles P · June 7, 2015
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  • Patrick B.
    Dry ribs are tender and delicious + that Texas toast is mmm mmm good! Potato salad and cole slaw leaves some to be desired
    Patrick Baskin · May 12, 2015
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  • Thomas K.
    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.
    Thomas Kiefer · April 21, 2015
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  • Allison K.
    Get your sandwich on Texas toast instead of a bun. Much better.
    Allison Kasic · February 28, 2015
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  • James
    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!
    James · January 4, 2015
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  • Liz H.
    Awesome ribs!
    Liz Harkness · October 19, 2014
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  • Eli MF C.
    Best baked beans in the universe.
    Eli MF Cash · August 12, 2014
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  • Robin R.
    Check your bill! Our server added a 20% gratuity and there were only two of us eating!
    Robin Reeves · July 25, 2014
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  • Alyssa O.
    BBQ spaghetti ftw! Definitely the only BBQ place I go to in Memphis
    Alyssa Ocampo · July 9, 2014
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  • Serious Eats
    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.
    Serious Eats · July 7, 2014
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  • Joshua W.
    Best bbq in Memphis.
    Joshua Whitefeather · June 19, 2014
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  • Jackson S.
    The pulled pork sandwich on Texas toast is killer!
    Jackson Sanders · June 10, 2014
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  • Bramduff
    Being from out of town, the idea of BBQ spaghetti is definately new to me. So glad I tried it. It is delicious.
    Bramduff · May 26, 2014
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  • Katina G.
    Love the BBQ spaghetti!
    Katina Garrard · May 17, 2014
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  • Ben W.
    Get a side of their bbq spaghetti. It's worth it.
    Ben Woff · May 3, 2014
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  • G S.
    Sausage, bologna and cheese plate is ridiculously good. Ribs best in Memphis. Sauce is too.
    G Smith · March 29, 2014
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  • DowntownGran
    Our server needs to learn how to not only smile but a pleasant attitude would definitely help her tip-wise.
    DowntownGran · July 25, 2013
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  • Matt B.
    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.
    Matt Barrett · July 13, 2013
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  • Satyen V.
    Fn A. Brisket sandwich is the best. Spicy sauce is the way to go. Well done, crew.
    Satyen Vora · June 6, 2013
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  • Hunter M.
    Get the pulled pork and BBQ baked beans!
    Hunter McDowell · May 20, 2013
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  • Brandon W.
    You cannot beat the BBQ nachos from this place. Amazing!
    Brandon Wallace · May 18, 2013
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  • Claire L.
    Glazed ribs and pulled pork combo. Don't debate it. Order it.
    Claire Luna · April 12, 2013
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  • Stan H.
    The ribs were better than good. If I lived in Memphis I would be back!
    Stan H · March 26, 2013
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  • Matt B.
    Get the bbq salad! Awesome deal.
    Matt Barrett · February 18, 2013
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  • Matthew C.
    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.
    Matthew Carroll · February 16, 2013
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  • Sarah S.
    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
    Sarah Smilowitz · February 16, 2013
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  • Emily A.
    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.
    Emily Adams · January 7, 2013
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  • Kat D.
    Pulled pork sandwich on Texas toast is glorious!
    Kat Duffy · December 22, 2012
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  • Global Private Real Estate L.
    Dancing Pig is the best
    Global Private Real Estate LLC · November 24, 2012
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  • Tom M.
    Excellent dry rub
    Tom Manshreck · October 17, 2012
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  • Cecile P.
    Try the pork sandwich - ask for it pulled or not it will come chopped. Extra .25 for pulled. Delish!!
    Cecile Phan · August 20, 2012
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  • Katie B.
    Do not get the BBQ spaghetti.
    Katie Burch · June 23, 2012
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  • Allen A.
    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 Arcade · June 7, 2012
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  • Allen A.
    The pulled pork sandwich is a staple.
    Allen Arcade · June 7, 2012
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  • Allen A.
    Get the Bar-B-Q Shop Special for a taste of the full Monty!
    Allen Arcade · June 7, 2012
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  • Robin R.
    Don't order the sausage, cheese and crackers appetizer! $9.95 and you get less food than the pork dinner plate and no sides!
    Robin Reeves · June 2, 2012
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  • Kendrick J.
    Number one rated BBQ in the world!!!!!
    Kendrick Jackson · May 18, 2012
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  • Lisa W.
    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!
    Lisa W · May 13, 2012
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  • Victor N.
    Great Beef Sandwich on Texas Toast......
    Victor Neely · May 12, 2012
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  • Julian A.
    Almost as good as Kansas City Bar-B-Que.
    Julian Araiza · April 2, 2012
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  • Mike F.
    Try the Dry Rubbed Ribs - Behold: the single greatest rack of ribs I've ever eaten.
    Mike Fabio · February 25, 2012
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  • ✨Desiree M.
    They have the best BBQ nachos ever!!! Go I ad be a fatty and get extra everything.
    ✨Desiree Madden✨ · January 28, 2012
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  • Jared P.
    BBQ spaghetti for sure.
    Jared P · January 7, 2012
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  • Allen A.
    Not as good as Central BBQ down the street! Check these ribs out. :)
    Allen Arcade · December 28, 2011
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  • Jonathan U.
    Awesome sweet tea
    Jonathan Underwood · July 25, 2011
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  • Rebecca M.
    The rib tips are good, but even the small is HUGE.
    Rebecca M. · July 2, 2011
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  • Mara P.
    No regional beers.
    Mara Pineda · April 23, 2011
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  • Joseph D.
    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
    Joseph Davis · April 17, 2011
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  • 🎨 Sara H.
    Best BBQ in town!
    🎨 Sara Hays · April 5, 2011
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  • Shawn M.
    Best ribs I've ever had!
    Shawn Morton · January 1, 2011
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  • Logan
    FTMFW
    Logan · December 7, 2010
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  • DjPharmD
    Try the Ribs! This is the best BBQ spot in the world!!!!
    DjPharmD · September 11, 2010
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  • MarksMenus
    Everything here is good. *Everything*.
    MarksMenus · June 17, 2010
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  • The Commercial Appeal
    A traditional BBQ sandwich is the way to go. Make sure to ask for pulled pork.
    The Commercial Appeal · June 4, 2010
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  • The Commercial Appeal
    Try the pork sandwich on Texas toast with slaw. Read more
    The Commercial Appeal · June 3, 2010
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  • Alex M.
    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.
    Alex McPeak · May 21, 2010
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  • Randal C.
    The sausage and cheese plate is among the best in town.
    Randal Cooper · February 17, 2010
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  • Svend H.
    Go Texas toast with your sandwich.
    Svend Holst · January 25, 2010
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