How To Cook Memphis-Style BBQ
If you’re craving some Memphis-style BBQ, then the wait is over. Following are some tips to cook the best Memphis-style BBQ and enjoy the exact same flavor in the comfort of your home.
Use A Dry Rub
Memphis-style BBQ uses a special dry rub recipe that is a generational secret. Memphians are particularly possessive of their dry rub recipe. However, its two key ingredients are paprika and garlic mixed with brown sugar and black pepper. This combination helps create that distinct flavor that most people crave.
Slow Cook Over Hickory Smoke
Another key tip to cooking Memphis-style BBQ is to use hickory wood to light up the grill. This is the secret to that savory, strong, and almost bacon-like flavor that most people can’t identify. The smoke from the hickory wood pairs beautifully with the pork meat, enhancing the flavor further.
Mop The Meat
The meat in the Memphis-style BBQ is tender and flavorful due to the mopping technique used on the meat. Mopping essentially refers to applying a runny sauce over the meat every half hour or so. You can prepare this thin sauce easily by mixing the dry rub with water.
Use The Right Cut Of Meat
Another secret tip to get the Memphis-style BBQ right is to use the right cut of meat. One of the most famous dishes is the slow-smoked ribs, but to get that same flavor, you should use spare ribs cut in a St. Louis style.
St. Louis-style ribs are cut in a way that gives them a rectangular shape that is easier to cook and eat. The smoked ribs are then slow-cooked for five hours before being basted in BBQ sauce and smoked for another hour. It is an extensive process but completely worth the time required.
Memphis Style BBQ Rub
To take your Memphis-style BBQ party up a notch, prepare this Memphis Dru BBQ rub that gives it its distinct taste.
For the rub, you will need the following ingredients:
- Brown sugar: 2 tbsp
- Paprika: 2 tbsp
- Red pepper flakes: 1 ½ tbsp
- Ground black pepper: 2 tbsp
- Salt: 1 ½ tbsp
- Ground white pepper: 1 ½ tbsp
- Chili powder: 1 tbsp
- Garlic powder: 1 tbsp
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl so it comes together. You can easily stock it in a well-sealed container. You can use the rub generously onto the ribs to prepare Memphis BBQ.
Memphis Style BBQ Sauce
To give your BBQ that Memphis-style flavor, here is how you can prepare the Memphis-style BBQ sauce.
- Ketchup: ¼ cup
- Crushed tomatoes: 1 cup
- Apple cider vinegar: ½ cup
- Unsulphured molasses: ¼ cup
- Unsalted butter: 2 tbsp
- Worcestershire sauce: 1+1 tsp
- Yellow mustard: 1 tbsp
- Light brown sugar: 1 tbsp
- Louisiana-style hot sauce: 1 tsp
- Kosher salt: ½ tsp
- Black pepper: ½ tsp
To prepare the sauce put butter, vinegar, tomatoes, Worcestershire, molasses, ketchup, mustard, salt, hot sauce, brown sugar, and pepper together in a saucepan and stir it slowly. Let it come to a boil, and reduce the heat to medium-low.
Let it simmer until the sauce thickens. Make sure to stir it in between. It should take 15-20 minutes to prepare. It can easily be kept in the fridge for upto a week.
To prepare the best-tasting Memphis-style BBQ, you can use our BBQ rub made from several spices. It gives a unique flavor. As it is a versatile rub, you can use it to marinade different dishes.
Slap It On
BBQ rub is a unique blend of various herbs and spices. It is easy to carry and store within the pantry. So, don’t wait to throw your Memphis-style BBQ party. Call your friends and family over and enjoy the unique flavor of our blend to prepare the best BBQ ever.