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Memphis Style Barbecue

Learn about Memphis Style Barbecue from Pork Barrel BBQ pitmasters Heath Hall and Brett Thompson in this Howcast video.


Memphis, Tennessee. The home of the Delta Blues, and home to some of the greatest barbeque in the world. Elvis may have preferred peanut butter and banana sandwiches, but a true Memphis dining experience means pork barbeque.

Now one of the unique things about Memphis style barbeque is the way you order it. You either order it wet or you order it dry. What does this mean? If you order it wet you're going to get your barbeque slathered in a nice rich Memphis style barbeque sauce. If you want it dry, it's going to come without the sauce, and simply the dry rub on it. Both are terrific, both have fans that like one or the other, but most good Americans love both.

Memphis style barbeque is pork. You're not going to find a lot of beef. You're not going to find a lot of chicken. You're going to find a lot of pork. The pulled pork sandwich is the mainstay of Memphis barbeque. In such a small area as Memphis, there are literally hundreds of great barbeque joints.

So, if you want to get the real Memphis barbeque experience, we recommend taking a trip down to Memphis in May. Why May? Because Memphis hosts the World Pork Championship, one of the largest barbeque contests in the world, Memphis in May. A couple hundred of the greatest teams in the world come and compete for honors of top whole hog, top pork shoulder, and top ribs.

Give it a shot, come on down. It'll give you a great chance to see what some of the teams around the country are doing. Also it will give you an excuse to sample some great local Memphis barbeque.

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