The Bar-B-Q Shop

BBQ Joint · Idlewild-East End Historic
1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Beer
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No
8.3/10

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    Alyssa O.
    "BBQ spaghetti ftw! Definitely the only BBQ place I go to in Memphis"(11 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."(28 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • ribs
  • pulled pork
  • sandwiches
  • Texas toast
  • baked beans
  • authentic
  • casual
  • family-friendly
  • good for groups
  • BBQ nachos
  • brisket
  • cole slaw
  • great value
  • sweet tea
  • good for a quick meal
  • dancing
  • BBQ salad
  • spicy food
  • cozy
  • 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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