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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, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were advised by various people to go here, they were right, we were in USA for 3 weeks and this was by far the best meal we had, cooked just right, large portions and very reasonably priced. The place to go in Memphis

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank john g
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was at a convention and asked two Memphis buddies where I could get some good barbecue. They said in unison “Central.” Our family of four, including two teenage boys, bought a ton of food. I had the pork ribs, greens, slaw, and banana pudding,along...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank WilliamB474
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I were visiting Memphis as part of a holiday in the South and had read about this place in our travel guide. We were not disappointed! In fact we went twice in two days! The staff were friendly and portions generous. You...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank unicorn7788
Reviewed 3 days ago

Whenever I'm in Memphis I have to stop by Central BBQ to enjoy the best Barbecue in town. Great food selections, the sides are excellent too. Friendly people, great service.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank GeoElf
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went at 12:15 on a Wednesday and got super lucky there were only a handful of people in line. The food came crazy fast and did not disappoint. We had been there another time for dinner and the wait to get in and to...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank F6618FMlindad
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We asked some locals where they go to eat and Central BBQ was their recommendation. We were not disappointed! By far the best we have had. It is a very busy place, but they keep things moving along very well. Fun decor and great atmosphere!...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Mator711
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have been going to Central BBQ for several years. The have grown from one location to four. All as good as the original. The ribs are always meaty and full of flavor. Service is great and atmosphere is fun.You will love it.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Jimreg007
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We have eaten hear a few times and never disappoints. Very good BBQ! The pulled pork nachos are awesome! Great way to start your meal. We liked it so much we bought extra to take home.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Tim S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Awesome food!!! When i go to Memphis this place is great! This is a must if you want to eat ribs that will fall off of the bone!!

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank Julie G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were referred to Central BBQ by an acquaintance so on our last night in Memphis, we decided to checkout the Central BBQ in midtown Memphis (they have a few locations). It’s definitely not a typical sit down restaurant...you order your food, find a table...More

Date of visit: March 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
9 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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