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Shredded Pork Nachos

Shredded Pork Nachos

This dish is perfect for a lazy night with the grill. Using leftover pork shoulder, a spicy sauce, and traditional nacho ingredients, this skillet grilled dish is exactly what is needed for sitting around with a few friends, enjoying a Memphis night. Serves: 4 Ingredients:…1 […]

Saucy Loin Ribs with Corn Hash

Saucy Loin Ribs with Corn Hash

Ribs that are fall-off-the-bone tender are the dream of every grilling chef. A slow grill over low heat paired with the Classic Memphis barbecue sauce creates the perfect loin rib. Paired with a cool corn hash, this is the perfect southern duo. Serves: 4-6, depending […]

Pork Dishes

Pork Dishes

As in many other barbecue regions, pork reigns in Tennessee. The juicy tender meat lends itself well to Memphis flavors, especially cuts such as ribs and pork shoulder. Even with just a few different cuts, you can create a range of dishes that represent every corner of Tennessee and flavors that rival some of the most beloved barbecue spots of the state. The perfect grilled pork will be either rubbed or mopped and have what is known as a good Dzbark,dz or the tasty crust that forms on the outside of the meat as a result of grilling and smoking.

Five Alarm Mop Sauce

Five Alarm Mop Sauce

If you like spicy, there’s no reason to shy away from Memphis barbecue because of the tendency to be slightly sweet. This sauce adds heat with jalapeño, chilli, and cayenne. The kick is just perfect, especially when paired with a cooling side dish. Yields approximately […]

Whistlin’ Whiskey Grilling Sauce

Whistlin’ Whiskey Grilling Sauce

Besides the world famous barbecue, Tennessee is also known for its spirits. A little bit of whiskey adds a unique flavor and regional flair to this sauce. Yields approximately 2-2 ½ cups Ingredients:…2 tablespoons olive oil …1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger …3 cloves garlic, crushed […]

Classic Memphis BBQ Sauce

Classic Memphis BBQ Sauce

This recipe represents the quintessential Memphis barbecue flavor. Both tangy and sweet, balanced by savory spices, this sauce will please a range of palettes.

Yields approximately 2 cups

Ingredients:½ cup brown sugar, packed 2 tablespoons molasses ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 1 cup ketchup ½ cup yellow mustard 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon celery salt

Directions: Begin by adding the brown sugar, molasses, and apple cider vinegar to a small saucepan. Heat over medium until sugar begins to dissolve.

Add the remaining ingredients and increase heat to medium-high. Stir continuously until mixture boils. Make sure all the sugar is dissolved, and the ingredients are well blended.

Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for approximately 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Remove sauce from the heat and stir one more time, making sure it’s well blended. Set aside and allow to cool slightly before use, or transfer to a covered jar and store in the refrigerator.

Basic Vinegar Mop for Dry Rubs

Basic Vinegar Mop for Dry Rubs

You may use a dry rub alone or enhance the flavor with a simple vinegar mop. The vinegar both helps to tenderize and add tangy flavor to the meat during the grilling and smoking process. Yields approximately 1½ cups Ingredients: …½ cup distilled vinegar …½ […]

Deep Soul Rib Rub

Deep Soul Rib Rub

This rub, full of Memphis flavor, is a bit richer, a bit spicier, and bit more soulful than a traditional rub. Although great on any cut of meat, this rub brings out the flavors of ribs and darker cuts of meats especially well. Use with […]

Taste-of-Memphis Rub

Taste-of-Memphis Rub

If you are looking for the perfect representation of Memphis flavor, this dry rub is exactly that. A perfect mixture of brown sugar and paprika, plus a few Dzsecretdz spices make this dry rub a favorite. Use with Basic Vinegar Mop (recipe follows), if desired. Yields approximately 2 cups

Ingredients:¾ cup brown sugar, firmly packed ‘½ cup paprika ¼ cup salt* 2 tablespoons garlic powder 2 tablespoons onion powder 2 tablespoons ground ginger 1 tablespoon ground mustard seed 1 tablespoon celery salt 1 teaspoon cayenne powder 1 sprig fresh rosemary

*A note regarding the salt. Salt is important to the taste of the final grilled meat dish. If you are trying to limit your salt intake, eliminate the salt from the rub recipe and instead lightly sprinkle the meat with salt before applying the rub.

Directions:Add the brown sugar to a medium-sized bowl. Break up the brown sugar, especially any large clumps.

Add the paprika and salt to the brown sugar. Mix with a fork until the ingredients are well incorporated.

Add the remaining ingredients, except for the fresh rosemary, to the bowl. Mix until the ingredients are well blended and the brown sugar base is as clump free and fine in texture as possible.

Place rosemary sprig in a jar with an airtight lid. Pour rub into the jar, over the rosemary sprig. Cover tightly and store in a cool, dry place.

If using immediately, use the rosemary sprig to infuse the meat with flavor on the grill by either placing the sprig directly onto the charcoal for several minutes or by brushing the meat with sprig periodically while grilling.

Brown sugar has a tendency to clump and harden over time. It may be necessary to break up the rub and mix thoroughly before use. If hard clumps form, place the rub in the microwave for 15 seconds or in a low heat oven for 10 minutes, just enough to warm the brown sugar and make it softer.

The Foundation

The Foundation

Traditional Memphis sauces are tangy and tomato-based, yet sweet, almost always with the addition of molasses, and in some cases, brown sugar. Memphis barbecue is also known for flavorful dry rubs that bring out the natural flavor and smokiness without leaving the meat dripping in […]