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BBQation: BBQ recommendations for TN Trip

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dizzyj Oct 6, 2006 03:17 PM

I'm going to be travelling to a wedding in Atlanta (from Chicago) and decided to turn the drive into a BBQation, getting as much cue on the way as I can. My route will be I-55 to Memphis and then I-20 to Atlanta. Leaving Atlanta, I'm going to Chattanooga, through the Smokey Mountains to Pidgeon Forge then to Nashville, and finally back to Chicago with a stop in Louisville.

I can detour a bit off the freeways, but my travelling companion won't have the patience for a long detour, no matter how great the BBQ is.

Are there any must-have places en-route? And recommendations for Memphis?

Thanks

  1. FuzzyT Oct 23, 2006 08:47 PM

    Never been to Central BBQ, but the Cozy Corner has plenty of good eats. Rib ends, brisket sandwich, smoked sausage and a very fine Cornish bird. Do not miss that bird. Nice folks too.

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      courtney Oct 23, 2006 02:10 PM

      I live in Memphis now and I agree with Oxford. Central BBQ is the best. I have tried all the rest and the only one that I go to regularly now is Central.

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        oxford Oct 21, 2006 05:19 AM

        I lived in Memphis for 36 years and the BEST is Central BBQ on Central Avenue. Period the best. Pulled Pork, Ribs and even the smoked BBQ turkey and try the BBQ nachos. Best sauces too.

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          courtney Oct 19, 2006 09:11 PM

          Birmingham, AL has a lot of great Barbecue. And it is the perfect half way point between Memphis and Atlanta. Some to think about are:
          Jim and Nick's
          Carlile's
          Golden Rule
          Dreamland (www.dreamlandbbq.com

          )

          Enjoy your trip!

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            dizzyj Oct 10, 2006 06:18 PM

            Thanks for the tips. I think I'm good for Memphis (right now, I'm aiming for lunch at Cozy Corner and dinner at Germantown or Rendevous), Pidgeon Forge (Bennetts is the only place I've seen recommended), Nashville (see above) and Kentucky (don't have that info with me).

            The unknown is a lunch place between Memphis and Atlanta and a place for lunch or dinner in Chattanooga. Suggestions?

            1. biskuit Oct 10, 2006 02:19 AM

              There are posts galore on Memphis BBQ, if you do a search you will find them! If I had one stop, it would be Payne's for the pork sandwich. That said, there are choices galore depending on your preferences. Other top picks would be The BBQ Shop, Germantown Commisary, A&R, or Cozy Corner. I'm not a big fan of Interstate (too saucy) or Corky's (too commercial, yet strangely inconsistent), even though I used to work there and still go there on occassion since it's close to my parents' home!

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                suebro Oct 10, 2006 01:07 AM

                My favorite in Nashville is Hog Heaven.

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                  willtmc Oct 9, 2006 09:02 PM

                  Interstate BBQ in Memphis is worth the trip. Have the sweet tea, it's peachy. As indicated by the name, it's not far off the beaten path, either.

                  1. LPM Oct 6, 2006 06:39 PM

                    Check out Mothership BBQ in the Berry Hill section of Nashville. It's new, but you won't be disappointed.

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