BBQ Review:: Memphis Ribs

Ucheedawg and I had the pleasure (?) of driving 12 hours together, through the state of Arkansas last week. 

I thought it couldn’t get any worse than Alabama. 

Then we entered Arkansas. 

I thought it couldn’t get any worse than Arkansas.

Then we entered Missouri. 

But, believe it or not, the bright light in the whole trip was the city of Memphis.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Memphis was the best part of the trip.

We ate BBQ passing through Memphis.  Good gawd almighty.  It was delicious.  We will recap our experience at the BBQ Shop at a later date, but today’s BBQ Review is on A&R BBQ.

Google led us to the “10 Best BBQ Places in Memphis.”  Payne’s BBQ, listed at #2, was both affordable and on the way.  So we decided to eat there.  However, being the Sabbath, Payne’s was closed.  We turned to the handy GPS, and found A&R’s was half a mile away. 

These restaurants were on Elvis Presley Boulevard.  Elvis Presley Boulevard isn’t a place I would want to end up after dark. 

There were two vacant lots beside the resturant.

But those types of places always serve the best BBQ.  We decided on RIBS.  All their ribs were moist.  He got a half rack with slaw.  I got a half rack with potato salad.  Each meal came with white bread.


I got the feel when I walked in like I was at Peach’s in Athens.  At some places like that, they have a very precise way of ordering.  If you don’t follow the rules, the cashier can get nasty with you.  This wasn’t the case.  The young lady was very accommodating to our questions, and even checked on a souvenir T-Shirt for us (none in our size-we aren’t to a XXL yet, so we declined). 

I will go ahead and get to the lone negative:  the sweet tea was AWFUL.  It was like Peach flavored sweet tea.  It was so nasty.  It had an orange hue mixed with the brown.  I could barely get down my initial gulp.  Luckily, we were saved-this place offered Coke products instead of that Yankee bullcrap Pepsi.  Once again, Coca-Cola saved the day.

Now, onto the meat.  I have never had, nor will ever have, ribs that were this good.

They were a tad messy, but delicious.  They were fall off the bone tender.  While the sauce was not a traditional Memphis dry rub, the sauce wasn’t over powering.  It wasn’t too hot or sweet; it had had a nice basic flavor.  The sauce wasn’t too over powering, either.  You could still taste the pork through the sauce.  It had a delicious, tender, smokey taste.

After the meal, the white bread came in nice and handy.  Why waste a paper towel and moist towelette when you have good ol’ white bread to clean your hands and face with?

The potato salad and slaw were good, too.  But the meal was made by the ribs.  I have had my fair share of ribs and these stack up with any I’ve ever tasted before.

I will say it again:  I have never had, nor will ever have, ribs that were this good.



On the return trip home, we ate at The BBQ Shop, the #1 BBQ in Memphis according to the site linked above.  It was delicious as well.  A full review is forthcoming…

7 Responses to “BBQ Review:: Memphis Ribs”

  1. 1 Tim June 25, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Nice write up, thanks for doing that. Are you located in or near Athens? If so, the next time I do 3-2-1 ribs on my big green egg, I’ll throw you a rack on. Its just as easy to do 4 racks as it is 3 racks. Let me know if you are interested.
    And keep up the barbecue reviews!

  2. 2 ucheedawg June 25, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Tim, we both live in middle GA now, but I for one could find time for good ribs! Keep us in mind and we’ll work it out. Thanks for the offer!

  3. 3 jtcrews June 25, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I’ve lived in memphis the last 7 years and just moved back home to georgia. I gotta say I would probably kill a man for a pulled pork sandwhich from the BBQ shop right about now. If you ever find yourself in memphis again you have got to try out the commisary in germantown and central BBQ. Both are absolutely amazing and the food is cheap as well.

  4. 4 Matt June 25, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Really enjoy the BBQ write-ups and pretty much everything else on the blog. Two buddies and myself experienced the joys of Arkansas on our trip to the OSU game last fall. Memphis was the halfway point so we stopped and stayed there on Thurs. and Sun. night. The ride from Memphis on was terrible. We had every intention of getting out and trying all that Memphis had to offer but in the end we only ate at Charlie Vergos Rendezvous downtown, the Ribs were pretty good but to me the sauasges were some of the best I’d ever had. People told us we missed out on alot of good Q by only making the one stop, but we ended up getting on the cover of Bulldawg Illistrated so that eased our pain a bit. Looking forward to hearing about the BBQ Shop. Go Dawgs!

  5. 5 genxdawg June 26, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    We are actually huge fans of Memphis. Headed there in September for vacation full of Blues and BBQ and debauchery. Just one question. How in the world is The Rendezvous not on this list. I am stunned. Stunned.

    • 6 ucheedawg June 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm

      Just didn’t make it to The Rendezvous. Have heard good things, but time was short. That is on our wish list though.

  1. 1 To Any Dawg Fans Driving to Memphis This Week « The Grit Tree Trackback on December 28, 2010 at 10:30 am

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