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Quest for the Best – “are there any places that do proper memphis* bbq?”


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“Dear PoPville,

DC people, are there any places that do proper memphis* bbq?

*none of that NC, SC, KC, or MO nonsense!”

Some early replies:

“Really good Memphis style wings at Tallboy in shaw.”

“Coming from someone from the KC/MO scene (which is, of course, superior to all others because it is the one I come from), but I’d give the ribs at Backyard Smoke Spot a try.”

“It’s not the best, but the sauces are solid and it is strictly Memphis style: Red Hot and Blue”

“Ahem. NC and SC are the real deal. Everything else is nonsense. Haha. In all honesty, getting good bbq around here is a challenge. Federalist Pig is pretty good. Not sure if it’s what you’re looking for.”

“Smoking Kow BBQ / Alexandria VA”

“Try Myron Mixon’s in Old Town Alexandria.”

“As a Memphian that moved to DC in 2015, I have not found a place yet that does true Memphis BBQ. Federalist Pig is alright. Probably closest. Hill Country BBQ Market is good too but usually crawling with downtown workers and tourists.”

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