Central BBQ
Memphis, TN
#1 for Memphis BBQ Ribs & Pork

Voted Best BBQ in Memphis


Memphis Traveler

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It’s not a stretch to say that Central BBQ perpetually smokes the competition. Since opening in midtown Memphis in 2002, the institution known for “competition-style” barbecue—all smoked “slow and low”—has always ranked as one of the top barbecue spots in the city—and has been awarded top honors an impressive 10 times. Central’s celebrated local flavor is the direct result of owners and longtime barbecue competition teammates Craig Blondis and Roger Sapp, who joined forces to create what is now Memphis’ “Most Beloved BBQ Joint.”

About The Food

Central BBQ has consistently been ranked “#1 BBQ” in Memphis since 2005. Their award-winning loin back dry ribs and pulled pork are rubbed with a secret combination of dry spices, marinated for 24 hours, then smoked low and slow in the pit over a combination of hickory and pecan woods. No sauce is ever introduced into the pit, but Central’s mild barbecue sauce (and their special dry rub) is included with every FoodyDirect order.

Meet The Owners

After decades of competing against each other in Memphis in May’s World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, Craig Blondis and Roger Sapp joined forces with a single goal: to turn Memphis on to their “competition style” barbecue. Success came instantly, resulting in two additional locations since their original opening in 2002. Along with leading the way with their cooking, they also set the example for social responsibility, donating their delicious food to local charities, hosting barbecue fund-raising events, and championing the green movement in their restaurants.


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Shipping Days
Low Flat-Rate Shipping for Central BBQ

At FoodyDirect we are doing everything we can to drive down shipping costs for our customers, including offering Low Flat-Rate Shipping.

$ 9.95 Flat-Rate Shipping - If your shipping address is reachable from Central BBQ via UPS Ground service within two days, you will be presented with the incredibly low shipping rate of $ 9.95 upon checkout.
$ 29.95 Flat-Rate Shipping - If your shipping address is beyond 2-day ground reach, you will be presented with a flat rate of just $ 29.95 for 2nd-Day Air upon checkout.

*Please note that the flat rates above will be applied per shipping box. While some packages can be combined into a single box, most packages from Central BBQ require their own shipping box. You will be presented with the actual shipping rate before making your final purchase.

Next Day Air service and Saturday delivery may be available for an additional charge. Service to Alaska and Hawaii is now available. Service outside the U.S. currently not available.

Orders are shipped on Monday through Wednesday, except holidays. Orders placed by 1:00 PM (ET) can be shipped that day. The max allowable transit time for all products is 2 days. Perishable items cannot be shipped over a weekend and cannot be delivered on Sunday or Monday.

Weather and unforeseen circumstances can delay your shipment. We strongly recommend that you schedule your order to arrive at least 1 business day before your desired usage date to allow for any delays.

Shipping Options

The following shipping options are available depending upon the delivery date selected and reflect the max allowable transit time for products from Central BBQ:

Ground Shipping (1-2 Days) - If a customer’s shipping address is reachable via UPS Ground service within 2 days, they will be presented with a $9.95 Flat-Rate Shipping upon checkout. Orders will be delivered via UPS Ground service on or before the selected arrival date, between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM to residences, and between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM to businesses.

2nd-Day Air - If the shipping address is not reachable within 2 days via UPS Ground service, the customer will be presented with $29.95 Flat-Rate Shipping upon checkout. The order will be shipped via UPS 2nd-Day Air and will be delivered on or before the end of the second business day following shipment (unless upgrading to Saturday delivery). Delivery time can vary based on area, but can be as late as 8:00 p.m. to residences and 5:00 p.m. to businesses.

UPS Next Day Air Saver - Your package will be delivered on the next business day after it has been shipped - by 3 PM to most addresses, by 4:30 PM to rural addresses. The flat-rate for Next Day Air Saver is $39.95 (per shipping box).

UPS Next Day Air - Your package will be delivered the next morning after it has shipped (or Saturday if upgrading to Saturday delivery), by 12 noon to most addresses. The flat-rate for Next Day Air is $44.95 (per shipping box).

Once your order has shipped, you will receive a ship notification email with a tracking number for each package in your order. When your order has been delivered, you will also receive a delivery notification email.

For complete shipping details we encourage you to visit our General Shipping and Packaging Information page.

Packaging & Delivery

All food from Central BBQ is shipped in extra thick recyclable foam containers with sufficient coolant to assure it arrives in excellent condition within the max allowable transit time of 2 days.

All orders are shipped signature release. This means UPS will leave the package at the doorstep, front desk or gate associated with the shipping address without requiring a signature upon delivery. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure that the contents of the package are stored in a freezer or refrigerator promptly after delivery. FoodyDirect cannot be responsible for orders with incomplete or invalid addresses, or that are sent to recipients who are not available to store the contents of the order on the day of arrival. UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. box.

Prep & Care

All products from Central BBQ are cooked and frozen just before shipping, and can be stored frozen for up to 6 months. Once thawed, consume your barbecue within 3 days per the detailed instructions included with all orders.