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Central BBQ Summer

) #38 of 1,225 Restaurants in Memphis €€ - €€€ American, Barbecue
4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122-4038
+1 901-767-4672
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good30%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“pulled pork” (29 reviews)
“ribs” (101 reviews)
“pork plates” (3 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
€€ - €€€
4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122-4038
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I come from a family who are wonderful at grilling especially a full hog. I have to say Central BBQ is better than my dads (hope my family doesn't read this). If you want to experience true Memphis BBQ go to Central BBQ

Thank Sdcarlton
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have read about so many good reviews of it had to be my first stop for Memphis BBQ and I must stay IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! My wife and I have never had pork that was so moist and flavorful! In addition to the...More

Thank William H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't worry about how you are dressed. It is very casual and laid back. I had the pulled pork with potato salad and green beans. Everything was really, really good. The flavor of the pork was fantastic. If you like your BBQ saucy, you need...More

Thank Janet W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had to try the BBQ while visiting. The ribs here were very good as were the BBQ beans. Did not like the macaroni and cheese.

Thank Katt M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

really huge venue - lots of seating spaces, and the building is decorated really neat. Very CLEAN. food was hot, great, nice selection of everything BBQ. nachos were favorite.

Thank JCitytraveler701
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent BBQ with quick service. This place was packed but we ordered and received our food quickly. The quality of each item was great - Memphis style.

Thank Jenna V
Reviewed 20 April 2017

First off, everyone I interacted with was sweet, personable and helpful. Every one. But during this visit, I had an epiphany of sorts. I'm gonna stop watching and believing everything on Food Network and Travel Channel. I've been so disappointed by so many places I've...More

Thank mikekFisk_Mo_
Reviewed 19 April 2017

I'm sure that there is bad bbq in Memphis, but I've yet to find it. I had a half slab of ribs that were nicely smoked, moist,and appropriately sauced. My wife had the pulled pork. Her portion was so large I'm surprised she was able...More

Thank _bookworm2000
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Always get the dry rub baby back ribs and add sausage to taste and I'm never disappointed. Any central location is always good. There are many around Memphis.

Thank Mark V
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Go there, eat the pulled pork sandwich, check one off the bucket list. This is one of the best "tourist" restaurants with great pulled pork I've ever found.

Thank David C
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Cindy R
Do you take reservations at the East Butler locations?
26 September 2016|
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Response from nailladyej | Reviewed this property |
Sorry didn't visit that location, shouldn't need one the atmosphere is pretty casual....its BBQ girl ; )
I have some of your ribs, also 2 kinds of rub. I like "hot" food but even the mild rub would "kill" a Norwegian in a heartbeat. Do the rubs get milder when rubbed on raw ribs and then smoked? I tasted the rub right out of the shaker and the mild burned for 10 minutes.
14 June 2016|
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Response from RalphCIII | Reviewed this property |
It has been my experience that the heat builds with each bite you take. I like the mild a lot. The hot is going to have more intense heat. Just don't put the mild rub on too thick. That is the only way I can think of that... More
What days do kids eat free.
26 August 2015|
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Response from charliec125 | Reviewed this property |
monday and tues. after 5 2 kids eat free with one paid adult.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122-4038
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-767-4672