Over the years, I have done quite a bit of traveling for work, and one of the best parts of travel for me is getting to try local cuisine. So when I found myself in Germantown, TN, just outside Memphis, I knew I was going to try as many BBQ joints as I could in the time I was there.
I have visited Memphis a few times and the first time I tried the original Corky’s, because you have to try that when you are there. I got a pulled pork sandwich with beans and coleslaw on the sandwich. It was quite possibly the messiest thing I have ever eaten, but worth it. Another must try on my list was Central BBQ, because everyone told me it was the best. Now, don’t get me wrong, Central had some mean BBQ, especially their smoked wings, but it still isn’t my favorite in the city. Next, I tried the world famous ribs at Rendezvous in downtown Memphis. Again, the ribs were delicious, and the atmosphere was really cool, I always love patronizing such iconic establishments. However, it was my meal at Commissary in Germantown, TN that truly rocked my Memphis style BBQ world.
The restaurant was recommended to me by my clients. I was a little apprehensive because I honestly just figured it was the best option they had near their office, but never one to turn down the chance to try a new BBQ joint, I drove over there after my meeting and embarked an one of my most memorable BBQ adventures.
One of my favorite things about BBQ is that you can be a block away from the restaurant and know you are heading in the right direction. The smell of the smoker wafts through the air, it’s like a trail of breadcrumbs that you have to follow.
Once we arrived, I knew I wanted ribs, work clothes be damned, I was getting down and dirty with some ribs. We started with the Pig Chips, which were incredible. It’s their extra crispy homemade potato chips covered in some kind of BBQ rub and comes with a ranch-like dipping sauce that I am pretty sure had the same rub mixed in. I am not usually a potato chip fan, or ranch dressing fan for that matter, but we were told we had to try these so we did, and I am so glad because they were so good. I have been trying to recreate them ever since and still have not had any luck. I don’t know what they do to them, but it’s magic.
For my lunch I ordered the 2 meat combo and got ribs and a quarter chicken. I wanted to make the most of my time there, so I thought I would give the chicken a try too. The chicken was delicious, but the ribs, oh the ribs were what it was all about. I could have eaten two full racks, they were that good. I would have had to be carried out on a stretcher, but it would have been worth it. They were smoked to perfection, and they were tender, but still had just a little bite to them. The dry rub was probably the same as the rub from the pig chips, which is why I liked it so much. Now, I am a sauce girl, the more sauce the better, so I got my ribs wet, and the BBQ sauce was perfect. Not too sweet, not spicy, not too tangy, just a perfect balance, making every one of my tastes buds oh so happy.
By the time I was done I had sauce all over my face, my hands, my elbows, and my shirt, it looked like a BBQ sauce bomb went off on me, and I didn’t care at all. I was so full after I licked my plate clean, I didn’t think it was possible to eat anything else, but then they said banana pudding, and somehow my stomach expanded. It was glorious, the perfect sweet treat to end one of my best BBQ eating experiences to date. I am not kidding when I say I am salivating just writing this post.
If you are ever in the Memphis, TN area, do yourself a favor and give Commissary in Germantown a try. It’s a small little place, and parking isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. You can thank me later, and if you can’t make it out to them, they can ship to you.
Have you had Memphis BBQ before? What’s your favorite place in the Memphis area?