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Central BBQ


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Sausage & Cheese
Half Order $5.75
Full Order $10.25
BBQ Nachos: Pork
Half Order $6.25
Full Order $10.99
BBQ Nachos: Chicken, Beef Or Turkey
Chips & Blue Cheese
Half Order $5.99
Full Order $9.99
Hot Wings
Wet, Naked, Jerked, Dry Spice, Honey Gold
BBQ Chef Smoked Pork
BBQ Chef Smoked Chicken, Smoked Beef or Smoked Turkey
Portabella Salad
BBQ Beans
Mac N’ Cheese
Reg $1.99
Lg $3.49
Green Beans
Reg $2.25
Lg $3.49
Potato Salad
Reg $1.99
Lg $2.99
Pork Rinds, Home Cooked Potato Chips, Fries
Lg $3.49
Onion Rings
with slaw & mild sauce unless otherwise specified
Reg $4.99
Lg $6.75
Pork (pulled)
Voted #1 in Memphis
Reg $5.25
Lg $6.99
Chicken (pulled)
Reg $5.99
Lg $6.99
Beef Brisket or Smoked Turkey Breast
Portabella (smoked Gouda Cheese)
Includes Roll or Bun and 2 small sides or 1 side salad
Chicken (1/2) or Pulled
Beef Brisket or Turkey
1/2 Slab $15.99
Full Slab $22.99
Slab for Two
includes four side items
4oz of each $18.49
Combo Plate
any 3 meats except Ribs
4oz of each $24.99
Combo Rib Plate (plus any 2 other meats)
Add BBQ Chicken for an additional $2 per person. Ask about Full Service Catering and our Private Dining Rooms
per person5.25
Bulk PICK-UP Catering
Pork, Slaw, Sauce, Beans, Buns. (15 person minimum)
1/2 Slab $13.99
Full Slab $20.99
Pork (per pound)
Beef or Turkey (per pound)
Chicken (per pound)
1/2 Chicken
Cheese Cake
Brownie with Ice Cream
Peanut Butter Pie
5 Layer Cakes
Chocolate, Coconut, Caramel
Banana Pudding
Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Dr Pepper, Mtn Dew, Tea, Etc
Gallon of Tea (Take-Out Only)
12 & Under. Includes side & small drink
Grilled Cheese
Hot Dog
Mac N’ Cheese
US$6 - US$20
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
American, Barbecue
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, 有泊車位, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

place was busy! ordered at counter and found a table. food came out quick accurate, hot and served pleasantly. drinks get yourself self pour. dining aera is tight but managable. this will be a return eatery

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank toys4dad
Reviewed yesterday

Love this place. Pulled pork nachos are unique and outstanding, brisket sandwich and slaw also delicious. Green beans so so. Banana pudding very southern and tasty. Nice local beer selection. Would absolutely recommend if you are looking for iconic Memphis food

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank rageisman
Reviewed 2 days ago

Prices are a little steep for what you get but it was great food and great BBQ sauces, also the pork rinds are to die for.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank trisha g
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

In Memphis on detail for two weeks, I asked at the hotel for the best BBQ place. The hands down recommendation was Central BBQ. A 20 minute walk later, I was inside looking at the menu on the wall, from which you order. The food...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank dparuch
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were fortunate and got to Centeal when there was no wait. The lines can be long. The food is all delicious and fresh. The sauces are all unique and eac boasts a different flavor. The pulled pork nachos are a real treat we had...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Gran7
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our meals at Central BBQ. The pork sandwich with slaw was delicious, unadorned Memphis style smoked pork. They provide a variety of sauces from spicy tomato to mustard sauce. I tried my sister’s brisket and wished I could have taken some home...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Sue L
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had gone to one of the Central BBQ's a few years ago. It was excellent, as was this visit! If all you really care about is the food quality, you WON'T be disappointed! (Order at counter, find a seat, & they bring it to...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Curious770282
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

IMHO - this is the best American style BBQ in the world! I ended up eating here twice that weekend because I loved it so much! The baby back ribs are slow smoked until a bark forms. The bark was jam-packed full of spice, while...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank bradt331
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing bad to say about this place. Me personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of the smoked sauce but my pulled pork sandwich was delicious. Fast, friendly, fun!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Swingamuse
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fast service,good food, clean restaurant and bathrooms. Servers know the menu and offer good advice.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Rebecca M
19 October 2017|
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Response from Ed R | Reviewed this property |
Don’t know, but I’d recommend a visit to the restaurant to experience the ambiance.
Darren P
19 March 2017|
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Response from Danny R | Reviewed this property |
Any location of central b b Que is fine. But to feel the real ambience of where the birth place of this bbque , I prefer to eat at Central branch .
gail m
10 November 2016|
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Response from Ladyjb3 | Reviewed this property |
Large area and also a patio area which should be able to accommodate 20 people.
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