Thursday, 24 July 2014

Jim Neely’s Interstate Barbecue

Interstate Barbecue, Memphis
Interstate Barbecue, Memphis
Interstate Barbecue is yet another shining example of a side of the road, non-descript place that has been around forever selling great barbecue. The walls are filled with autographs of A-List celebrities (MC Hammer, Sybil Shepherd) who have graced Interstate for the same reasons that I did – excellent BBQ.

As we all know, Memphis is a dry rib town. Ribs are typically not sauced but given a sprinkling of rub seasoning upon service. Interstate is an exception and was a welcome one. And finally I am getting the thicker St. Louis cut spare ribs that have thus far eluded me. The ribs were nicely rubbed, fairly smoky and adorned with a fairly spicy tomato-based sauce. This sauce was a bit of a surprise, as I have not tasted any notable sauces yet in Tennessee so this was a very welcome surprise.  For those of you who are not saucy rib loving folk, you can probably ask for them dry. If you do, I highly recommend some sauce on the side.