Memphis: The Great Bbq Debate

The smoke still hasn't cleared on Memphis' most satisfying feud

Nick Vergos isn't kidding when he says: "The pig is truly a wonderful animal." As a member of the family behind world-famous Memphis rib joint The Rendezvous, he may be biased. After all, he sells a ton of pork ribs a day. But after touring 10 of Memphis' finest barbecue joints with John Edge, author of the guide to Southern food, The Southern Belly (Hill Street Press, $29.95), I must surely agree. Unlike Texas, where beef brisket rules, in Memphis, pork barbecue is king.

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