When in Memphis: Corky’s BBQ

When in Memphis Corky's BBQ

I recently teamed up with Corky’s BBQ and Toyota to kick off my new blog series, When in Memphis, an online guide highlighting my favorite places to visit in my hometown of Memphis. I am really excited about this series because there are so many wonderful places Memphis has to offer. Some are pretty well-known, whereas some are hidden gems. And I am premiering this series with ‘When in Memphis: Corky’s BBQ’, my favorite place for BBQ.

Let’s recap my visit…starting with the drive!

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When in Memphis Corky's BBQ

A close-up of my gorgeous statement sandals gifted to me from Pasha

I’ve driven several oversized SUVs for about 15 years and used to the ‘quality’ of the drive. So, having the new 2017 Toyota Corolla for the week was such an amazing experience and treat. Seriously, this car is amazing. For starters, I’d forgotten what a smooth ride and drive is. Ahhh! This car was an absolute treat with such awesome features. My favorite feature was the “Lane Departure With Steering Assistant” function. This feature helps keep drivers within lanes. This technology is designed to alert the driver when the system detects that the vehicle is about to deviate from a traffic lane. Not that I needed it… #eyeroll

And talk about being great on gas!!! I normally fill up about twice a week. But with this cute little number, I only used a quarter of a tank with my one-week loan. Because of this, I am seriously considering adding a Toyota CAR to my garage for those days when I just don’t feel like taking the SUV. And for y’all who are wondering, I normally drive a Toyota 4-Runner. Toyota all the way, Baby!When in Memphis Corky's BBQ

Oh yeah, I had G. Boo in tow!!!

After driving around for a bit, we headed on to Corky’s BBQ locate in the heart of Memphis (East Memphis) on the very well-traveled Poplar Avenue. You haven’t experienced true Memphis BBQ until you’ve had Corky’s BBQ. Corky’s has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the top BBQ restaurants in Memphis.

Note: Traditional Memphis barbecue sauce is best known for its simplicity, and does not overwhelm the wonderful smoked flavor of the traditional barbecued pork. Although sweet compared to other regional sauces, it’s not too sweet, too thick, too spicy, or too anything. Just doggone good!

We started our visit with Ms Louise’s sweet tea. Now, you haven’t had sweet tea until you’ve had Ms. Louise’s sweet tea!!! Whenever I’m in Memphis, I have it Every. Single. Day. (They sell it by the gallon too!) This tea is so sweet that there’s a possiblitly you could go into a diabetic coma! True Southern Sweet Tea! This tea is so good and addictive that she had to teach the Corky’s staff how to make it because she doesn’t work on weekends. So I’ll say it again: It is sooo good!!! #icantbelieveiwroteaparagraphaboutsweetteaWhen in Memphis Corky'sWhen in Memphis Corky'sWhen in Memphis Corky's

We ended up ordering wet and dry ribs (I like them wet/G. Boo likes them dry), a BBQ sandwich (Memphians know a ‘BBQ sandwich’ is a pulled pork sandwich…nothing more, nothing less), half a chicken, and BBQ spaghetti. All meals are served with baked beans, slaw, and delish warm rolls!!!When in Memphis Corky'sWhen in Memphis Corky'sWhen in Memphis Corky'sWhen in Memphis Corky'sWhen in Memphis Corky'sWhen in Memphis Corky'sWhen in Memphis Corky'sIf the meat isn’t tender and the sauce isn’t sweet, then you don’t deserve to sell BBQ! I’ve never had a bad experience with Corky’s. They got their meat and flavor just right. The ribs and chicken pretty much jumps off the bones and into your mouth for you. Yep, just that tender. Although I didn’t order it, the BBQ shrimp is another one of my favorites. It’s BBQ shrimp over a bed of spaghetti. It’s something about the seasoning of the sauce that really stokes my palate.

FYI…They also sell HUGE fried catfish, BBQ Nachos, Chicken Tenders, an array of salads, Smoked Sausage & Cheese Platter, and practically anything else you just may crave. (Click here for their extensive menu.) And yes, the portions are generous.When in Memphis Corky'sWhen in Memphis Corky's

After all of that, we ordered dessert: Homemade Banana Pudding and Chocolate Fudge Pie. Let me tell you a little somethng about me: If it isn’t my mom’s banana pudding, then I don’t eat it. Corky’s is the exception! They are also known for their signature Fudge Pie. Another thing about me: I don’t like chocolate desserts. But I LOVE this (warmed) topped with ice cream. Another one of my favorite Corky’s dessert is their Pecan Pie! All of their delicious desserts are made from scratch daily and with love! #insertheartemojiWhen in Memphis Corky'sNot only is the food and Southern Sweet tea amazing, so is the staff! You are greeted and treated with true and home-grown Southern hospitality that can only be experienced in Memphis. You’ll love and return over and over again because of it (and the food too, of course)!

Tip: They say to come early to avoid the crowds. Forget about it, it doesn’t work!  Corky’s is ALWAYS crowded and rightly so. When you want good Memphis BBQ, Corky’s is where it’s at! (My mom will read this and tell me to not use ‘at’ at the end of a sentence.)

Corky’s: Serving the world’s finest hickory-smoked ribs and BBQ is more than a commitment; it’s an ongoing legacy of greatness.

Special thanks to Toyota and Corky’s BBQ (thanks Redrick for setting this up) for helping me kick off the ‘When in Memphis’ series. When planning a trip to Memphis, make sure Corky’s is on the top of your BBQ list!

Be on the lookout for the next ‘When in Memphis’ blog post later this year!

Quickly:  If you’re in the Memphis area, join me today at Kaufman Shoes for a #NaotGivesBack Event! If you try on a pair of Naots shoes at the event, they will donate a pair to those in need. If you buy a pair, they will donate two pairs. All pairs of shoes will be donated to Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, whose mission is to encourage philanthropy, foster leadership among women, and support programs that enable women and children to reach their full potential.  It’s fashion for a cause! Hope to see you there! Thursday, October 19th from 12-7PM and Friday, October 20th from 10AM-5PM

And if you’re not in the Memphis area, you can shop online here: http://bit.ly/2y2bKuf

Snap a picture & post it using @NaotFootwear & #NaotGivesBack

Thank you so much for reading. I love having you here. Grab a glass of wine and stay a while. And as always, have a beautiful day. XOXO

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  1. October 19, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    My husband loves BBQ. He would love this place for sure.

    • October 19, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      If you guys are ever in Memphis, make sure you stop on through!

  2. October 19, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Great ideas here! I kinda wish I had been there. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun.

    • October 19, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      This shoot was REALLY fun and filling! LoL

  3. October 19, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Such a fun date night! This looks fabulous and you do too! I love those sparkly sandals.

    • October 19, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous!!!! They are my absolute favorite!! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. October 19, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    That sandwich looks great. I thinks it’s fun to try out other bbq places. I’m considering a Toyota for my family as well. This would be my first.

  5. October 19, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    You are so cute even eating barbq! My husband has eaten at Corky’s when in Memphis on business and agrees with you!

  6. October 19, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    It has been a decade or more since I was at Corky’s BBQ great place and the food amazing too. Seems you had a great time!

  7. Claudia Krusch
    October 20, 2017 / 8:02 am

    That food looks amazing. I would love to check out Corkys BBQ the next time I am in the area. Your outfit looks fantastic on you. I want a pair of those shoes.

  8. October 20, 2017 / 8:11 am

    Corky’s has such delicious food! I’m so glad you got to enjoy it. It’s been about 22 years since I’ve been there but I’m sure it’s still just as good.

  9. October 20, 2017 / 10:26 am

    I love your statement sandals! So pretty! And oh im drooling over that barbeque! I wanna have it now!

  10. Shubhada Bhide
    October 20, 2017 / 11:05 am

    Wow! It looks like a nice place to eat BBQ. I and my husband love to eat bbq in different places. and this Corky’s bbq looks quite interesting. and these foods look so delicious and mouth-watering.

  11. October 20, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Now that is a sweet ride. Toyota is a really good choice. I had no idea Corky’s had such great food. I would love to check it out one day when i visit Memphis.

  12. October 20, 2017 / 11:22 am

    I’m in the UK and BBQ restaurants are not as popular but I’ve seen them popping up more and more lately. I love your sandals and I love that your husband happily takes part in your photos as mine absolutely hates it!

  13. October 20, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    I’ve always heard great things about Corky’s, My grandfather was a truck driver whenever he had run in that direction he use to swing in there and brings some sauce home…..Amazing BBQ sauce. Do they still sell the sauces?

  14. October 20, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Now that looks like some good old BBQ! I have to go there when I see Memphis.

  15. October 20, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    The look on your face in that one picture look like you really enjoyed that sauce! Looks yummy – and I adore those sandals. I have a similar pair.

  16. October 20, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Oh, the 2 of you are way too cute together! And that food…YUMMY in my tummy! Looks amazing. My hubbs would love it!

  17. Joline
    October 20, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    This is a great series! I hope I can find a similar one for my city. And those ribs are the bomb!

  18. Krysti
    October 21, 2017 / 1:27 am

    What a great idea for a series! Love learning more about new places. Those pork dishes looked amazing!

  19. Ave
    October 21, 2017 / 4:10 am

    That’s a huge amount of mouthwatering food! The BBQ sandwich looks super delicious and I’d love to try their BBQ nachos. We are big fans of Toyota too!

  20. October 21, 2017 / 4:36 am

    This post really makes me question being a vegetarian! haha All that food looks soooo yummy! I have never been to Memphis, definitely on my list though!, but now I know one of the places I HAVE to visit (on the sly of course.. :P)

  21. October 21, 2017 / 10:54 am

    That BBQ sounds delicious! I love a sweeter BBQ sauce and it’s hard to find that in Texas.

  22. October 21, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    I love a good BBQ place. Next time I’m in Memphis I am SO going to check out Corkys BBQ. It all looks good.

  23. October 21, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    memphis looks absolutely incredible – i cant wait to visit!

  24. October 22, 2017 / 5:52 am

    Wow! I am a porky lover too 😉 this dining place looks amazing, really wish to visit it to enjoya delicious porky dish :) cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  25. October 22, 2017 / 10:54 am

    Everything on those plates looks amazing! I need to visit this place.

  26. Bobbi
    October 22, 2017 / 11:07 am

    A good pork place is always a great find. This looks like the perfect place!

  27. TColeman
    October 22, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Southern barbecue is always so good. I have never been to Memphis but I am sure that theirs is top notch!

  28. October 22, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    That’s so cool about the car. But the BBQ absolutely has my mouth watering. And the banana pudding looks to die for as well. I am going to have to get something to eat right now.

  29. October 22, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Yum! I could eat BBQ every single day! We have a local place we enjoy. Best potato salad ever!

  30. October 22, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    OMG. This post made me so hungry. Ribs are the true BBQ, I don’t care what North Carolinians say with their pulled pork mess.

  31. Glenda
    October 22, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    I really like the car, sandals and your outfit. I’ve never been to CORKY’S BBQ but it looks like a great place to eat. The dessert looks so tasty.

  32. Mei Redillas
    October 23, 2017 / 12:15 am

    while reading your blog gives me the idea what to serve on Christmas eve. it’s a mouth watering dish! lol

  33. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    October 23, 2017 / 1:59 am

    First of all your jeweled sandals is so adorable. and that Corky’s Bar BQ looks like they had a delicious and juicy BBQ. I will love to try this one. I will recommend this to my husband.

  34. Julie Syl
    October 23, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Wow!! Corky’s Bar BQ looks interesting. I have heard about that restaurant and its sounds so great. That’s why I wanted to try there Croky BBQ.

  35. October 23, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    oh dang my mouth just watered looking at those ribs! And now I’ll have to go out to the BBQ place I live by and get some… yum!
    I’d love to try that place some day though!

  36. October 23, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    This place sounds really delicious. I am going to have to give it a try sometime I am in the area!

  37. February 11, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    Always wanted to visit Memphis, feel like its such a part of American culture! Love that photo of you’ll sharing the drink, soo cute 🙂

    • Candy
      February 12, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      Noelle, you should DEF visit Memphis. Everyone who does, falls in love with the city!

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