Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Central BBQ

Transplanting to the mid-south from lowcountry South Carolina means a fairly drastic shift in cuisine.  Freshly caught shrimp and key lime pie shifts into ribs and soul food.  You have to trade mustard-based barbecue sauce for dry-rubbed ribs.  We're getting used to it... I much prefer seafood to red meat, but that's just personal preference.  Nevertheless, the barbecue here is unparalleled!

Memphis is absolutely known as one of the best cities in the world for barbecue.  And Central BBQ is the local favorite.  Luckily for us, it's right up the road from our house!  We headed up there on a Friday evening to eat with the other members of Donald's intern class with Christ Community residency.

Donald and I got there first with Adelaide, and stood in line to order BBQ Nachos along with two beers, and an iced tea.  We were handed a number with our receipt, given a souvenir-type cup for our iced tea, and headed to find a seat.  They had ample seating on the front porch, so we snagged a picnic table and enjoyed the June evening.

Our friend Chris ordered a pulled pork platter, which comes with two sides.  In an attempt to be healthy, he chose the side salad and pork rinds.  I was completely unsure how pork rinds have been deemed healthy-- until I did a little research.  This article talks about the composition of pork rinds (deep fried pork skin) and explains that a serving of pork rinds has nine times the protein, and far less fat than a serving of potato chips.  So, there you have it.  If you've got to have a crunchy snack, swap potato chips for pork rinds!  Personally, I'll save my calories for banana pudding.

Overall, this is the best barbecue I've had in the state of Tennessee... the pulled pork nachos were out of this world!  I sampled some beef brisket, and it was super juicy and flavorful-- the best brisket I have ever had.  A fair warning-- the seating inside is limited.  If you are going around dinnertime, ensure that you get there before the crowd to avoid the line and secure a seat.

  I am sure I'll be back.  We're new Central BBQ fans.

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