Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Germantown Commissary

BBQ joints are a dime a dozen in Memphis, which naturally means they cannot be all good. But, I find that BBQ preferences are so subjective that you just have to figure out which establishment makes your heart sing. Now, I haven't done an exhaustive search of the most notable spots in Memphis, but I know there are quite a few who vie for locals' favorites (my sister's number 1, Central BBQ, the Neelys of Food Network fame, Jim Neely's Interstate BBQ (he is Pat Neely's uncle) and on and on).

My go-to supplier of bbq deliciousness has been Germantown Commissary, a small shack located near railroad tracks (and yes, trains will pass by while you're eating and in Memphis, having to wait for a train to pass is a regular occurrence when driving). According to their website, the Commissary used to be a country store (I'm guessing like a general store) for over 90 years before it was purchased in 1981. So, that's a lot of history and the restaurant looks like it was frozen in time, which is one of its many charms.

Germantown Commissary
Kinda love this horse artwork.

Germantown Commissary Full Rack Ribs
A full rack of ribs with charred bits. Very good.

Germantown Commissary Half Rack Ribs
Charles ordered the half rack ribs plate and really loved the baked beans.

Germantown Commissary Pulled Pork
My pulled pork plate. Pork was tender, fantastic and got a good dose of BBQ sauce (regular and hot, which are kept on the table). Their deviled eggs and coleslaw were spot-on.

The pork is life-affirming, the servers are warm and friendly, and the sweet tea comes in plastic cups with the saying "BBQ So Good Yull Slap Yo Mama." So, yeah, I love this place. And that's it for the Memphis posts! Back to your regular LA programming.

Germantown Commissary
2290 Germantown Rd S
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 754-5540


Gastronomer said...

Love that deviled eggs are a common side item in TN! AL and TX ain't got no eggs ;-)

weezermonkey said...

Nice rack!

Har har har. ;P

Charles said...

Oh man. I want to go back there, please. Better than 5 strips of bacon for dinner...

Anjali said...

Oh man, everything looks AMAZING. You've made me want to visit Memphis now!

Marie said...

Gastronomer: I cannot resist a deviled egg. I love them with a passion!

Weezermonkey: Hardy har!

Charles: I know, the bacon dinner was a low point for me. And yes, we must return as soon as possible!

Anjali: You should visit Memphis! Food comas will be a vacational hazard, though! :)