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Aug 1, 2002 04:41 PM

Memphis--Scooter's Barbecue

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Just got back from Scooter's Barbecue on Poplar in Germantown. I'm told that the proprietor used to sell barbecue from a cart on Beale Street; I'd never tried it before.

I tried the rib tips--they were toothsome, smoky, and doused in a very tangy (read: vinegar-based) sauce. Beans and slaw were adequate. All in all, I'd call it a pretty solid addition to the Memphis Barbecue scene--not quite Cozy Corner, but head and shoulders above Corky's.

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  1. Randal,
    I greatly appreciate your Memphis insight. I live in NC but work for a Memphis based firm. I come to Memphis 6-8 times a year. You have sold me on Cozy Corner. I will be in Memphis next week for a board meeting, and will take your advice to heart:
    rib tip dinner, hot, beans, sweet tea.
    Thanks again.

    1. Reviving an old post for sure, I know. Scooter's BBQ is still sold out of a truck. His regular spot is on Riverdale just South of Winchester. I think he is generally there on evenings. I think Scooter makes the best shoulder in the city. It is the smokiest out there, and his rub is excellent. He uses all hickory and charcoal. No gas. This is the old school low and slow approach and it beats everyone else hands down. I love BBQ Shop, Central, Cozy Corner, and One and Only too, but, for shoulder, Scooter is king. If you want to find out if he is going to be there before you make the trip, the number is 901-412-3885.