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Corky's BBQ

#15 of 1,212 Restaurants in Memphis
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5259 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3513
(901) 685-9744
Today
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best BBQ

Up until now I had not been a big fan of dry BBQ. Corky's changed my mind. Really delicious. Best we had on a 19 day trip through the south.The wet is also very good. We bought many shakers of rub and sauces for the folks back home and ourselves.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Maryland
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  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Maryland
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Up until now I had not been a big fan of dry BBQ. Corky's changed my mind. Really delicious. Best we had on a 19 day trip through the south.The wet is also very good. We bought many shakers of rub and sauces for the folks back home and ourselves.

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Benton, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Corky's is known for their Memphis-style dry rub ribs. They never disappoint! Ate there on June 27. Wife and I always get the rack set up for two. Great! Sides are slaw and baked beans. They are good, not great, but you don't come for the sides. The ribs rock! Always have! Will definitely be back when in Memphis again.... More 

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Sevierville
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Happened into Corky's for dinner on June 25 (2015) and had some of the finest barbeque we've ever had! Great smoke flavor. We both had a slab of ribs (one wet and one dry). And the sides were outstanding--so well-done. Our service (Ashunta) was the best of the best! Corky's is for folks with a discerning palate for BBQ.

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Collinsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend was told that we had to try this and I am so glad that we did! Food was amazing, and was cooked quickly. I ordered the beef brisket sandwich, beef was very tender and full of flavor. My boyfriend ordered the barbecue chicken sandwich and he loved it as well. Would definitely go back. Staff very friendly as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Hubby and I both got the pulled pork sandwich he got the potato salad and I got hush puppies. The sandwiches were huge for a great price potato salad was the best we have ever had and the hush puppies were good too! We would definitely come back over and over again!

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Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

I was in town on business for two weeks. I made a point to try all of the "best" BBQ joints. Corky's was very hard to access and standard, not amazing, bbq. I went on a week night. The parking lot was so packed that it caused a traffic jam on the main road (which is a very busy and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

I visited all of the famous rib joints in Memphis and Corkys was my favourite they had the best of everything Ribs pulled pork brisket slaw! My server was happy and friendly again outshining any other rib joint I went too! I hope to go back when im next in town.

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Warren, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We ate there several years ago while visiting friends and believe me we know our BBQ! It was amazing food and the sides were just as wonderful. Great place to experience real down home BBQ. The staff are wonderful and very helpful. You have to check this place out if you want to experience real BBQ.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

Amazing ribs and lots and lots of foods. Good you can order different types of ribs with the same meal. Service was a little slow and it wasn't busy but we weren't in a rush and the food was fantastic. Liked the Texas toast too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Couldn't pass through Memphis without getting some Memphis BBQ!! I've got to say, this was worth the stop. I stopped here on my way back from Az to Va, intially I passed right by because it was 11 am and I didn't want to eat lunch that early, but after talking to a local, they told me it was one... More 

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Additional Information about Corky's BBQ

Address: 5259 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3513
Phone Number: (901) 685-9744
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5259 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3513
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: (901) 685-9744

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:45 am - 10:00 pm

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