Germantown Commissary

Bar-b-q | Smoke House
One of the best

Here’s well-made downhome food, served in decorator-rustic surroundings in an upscale neighborhood. The Germantown Commissary has barnboard walls choc-a-block with old tin signs, wind-up telephones and vintage advertisements. Many of its tables wobble as much as those in a juke joint and the air swirls with the seductive aroma of a working smoke pit.

It is best known for ribs, which truly are first-rate: crusted with sauce, scented by hickory, meaty as hell with enough chew to provide maximum flavor. You can order them by number of bones, from five to twelve (a full rack), or as part of a half-and-half plate with another barbecued meat. We suggest the latter, because it would be a crime to come to the Commissary and NOT have pulled pork. It is shoulder meat, pulled into slightly-more-than-bite-size strips and hunks, some edges crusty, some parts velvet-soft. You can also get the meat chopped, which is OK, but deprives your tongue of the pleasure of worrying those long strips of meat you get when it’s pulled.

For dessert, there are smokehouse classics: banana pudding with softened vanilla wafers in the custard, and tongue-soothing lemon ice box pie.

What to Eat
Germantown Commissary, ribs
A half-and-half plate, to go: a demi-slab of ribs atop pulled pork on the left. With beans in the foreground, cole slaw and a deviled egg at the upper right.
Germantown Commissary, pulled pork
pulled pork
An opulent version of the great Memphis pig sandwich: the mix of sauce and slaw is magic, and the texture of the pulled pork is heavenly.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 8pm
Monday9am - 8pm
Tuesday9am - 8pm
Wednesday9am - 8pm
Thursday9am - 8pm
Friday9am - 9pm
Saturday9am - 9pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 41 MILES | 1 hr 14 min

Memphis is a bonanza of world-class barbecue, smoked and served in humble storefront shops as well as booming dinner halls. Anything and everything can be had barbecued in this city, from such oddities as barbecue salad and barbecue bologna to the delicate wonder of a Cozy Corner cornish hen. Ribs are the star attraction in…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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