Central BBQ

4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 USA

281 Reviews
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Reasonable
Closed Now
Opens Sat 11a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating
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“BBQing in Memphis since 1992”

Memphians know great BBQ and won't settle for anything less. Central BBQ has been ranked in the top 3 BBQ restaurants in Memphis since 2003 and taken top honors 10 times. Memphians know great BBQ and won’t settle for anything less. Central BBQ has been ranked in the top 3 BBQ restaurants in Memphis since 2003 and taken top honors 10 times. At Central BBQ we slow smoke all our meats: ribs, pork, chicken, turkey, beef brisket, sausage and bologna. Our premium meats are rubbed with a secret combination of dry spices, marinated for 24 hours, then are smoked low and slow in the pit over a combination of hickory and pecan woods. No sauce is ever introduced into the pit. You’ll want to try Central’s BBQ Nachos and smoked hot wings too. Save room for dessert - one of our resident hippies makes most of the desserts – so you know it’s good! Craig Blondis and Roger Sapp met on the BBQ circuit in the mid-80s. After competing in Memphis in May’s World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and many other local and regional BBQ competitions they made the leap from friends to business partners. The pit at the first Central BBQ on Central Avenue was fired up in 2002 and from day one has been a success thanks to their wonderful customers.

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Makayla M.

Good customer service and good sweet tea. The ribs weren't that tender, very thin, OK overall but not worth $27.50. The nachos we got due to the pictures having homemade potato chips.. but we... Read more

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Lisa M.

If you are coming for Memphis BBQ this is NOT the place. I don't think the meat is even smoked on site. It was very bland and served on dirty plates. This is an old Red Lobster building and I... Read more

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Erika Lee T.

Tried this location since the one by Overland Park is closed for renovation. I did a quick takeout order of brisket bbq sandwich & a side of fries. I honestly can't say enough about how good the... Read more

Central BBQ

4375 Summer Ave
Memphis, Tennessee
38122 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Fri, Sat: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun - Thu: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Reservations
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  • Bar
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Takeout
  • Breakfast
  • Waitstaff
  • Outdoor Seating
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