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One day only - this Friday in Memphis - Graceland and BBQ - Texas hounds looking for great cue

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I will be returning to Memphis, the city of my birth, to celebrate my 38th on Friday. I will be driving up for the day, while visiting family in Jonesboro, AR and would love some recs for BBQ. I love that porky, pork flavor. The porkier the better. Ribs, pulled pork, shoulder, drool... you name it, I love it.
Yes, I have read all the threads, and know there are a ton of mixed opinions out there, but hoping for some fresh recs.
So far I am mostly interested in BBQ Shop, Central BBQ, Paynes. Please weigh in. Your thoughts and comments are appreciated.

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Central BBQ
2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

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  1. HalfBaked-- 70% of this forum revolves around Memphis BBQ. If you take a moment and search you'll find more than you can possibly imagine.

    1. You have selected three really good places. In my opinin Central is all about the ribs, Paynes is all about the sandwich and the BBQ Shop is good in both categories.

      BBQ Shop serves their sandwich on Texas toast, but you can request a regular bun.

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      1. re: Ross B

        But don't- there is a reason for the Texas toast- it tastes great with their BBQ! But I do agree with the assessment, though I don't think BBQ Shop's ribs take a back seat to anyones...

        1. re: Ross B

          Thanks so much for the replies. I'm so excited we might eat bbq for bfast, lunch and dinner, tomorrow!

        2. Here are the top choices.

          A & R Bar B Que @ 1802 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN. 901 - 774 - 7444.
          http://www.aandrbbq.com/
          BBQ Shop @ 1782 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 1277.
          http://www.dancingpigs.com/
          Central BBQ @ 2249 Central Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 9377.
          Charlie Vergo's Rendezvous @ 52 S. Second St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 523 - 2746.
          http://www.hogsfly.com/
          Cozy Corner @ 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN. 901 - 527 - 9158.
          http://www.cozycornerbbq.com/
          Interstate BBQ @ 2265 S. Third St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 775 - 2304.
          http://www.interstatebarbecue.com/
          Neely's BBQ @ 670 Jefferson St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 521 - 9798.
          http://www.neelysbbq.com/
          One and Only BBQ @ 1779 Kirby Pkwy., Memphis, TN 901 - 751 - 3615.
          http://www.oneandonlybbq.com/
          Paynes BBQ @ 1762 Lamar Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 1523.

          The BBQ Shop and One and Only are my favorites but Payne's is famous for their pulled pork sandwich.
          Germantown Commissary is outstanding if you get out E.
          Germantown Commissary @ 2290 S. Germantown Rd., Germantown, TN. 901 - 754 - 5549.
          http://www.commissarybbq.com/

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          Central BBQ
          2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

          Cozy Corner Restaurant
          745 N Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105