One of the best

When you order a pork shoulder sandwich at Payne’s, a sufficient amount of meat is heated then chopped on a wooden block and piled on a bun mixed with hot or mild sauce. Atop the pork goes a layer of pickly-sweet slaw. Available in normal and jumbo sizes, the sandwich is wrapped in wax paper and held together with toothpicks. It is a mess, well-nigh impossible to eat like a normal sandwich by picking it up in one or two hands and bringing the whole thing to your mouth. You can try that, but vast amounts of pork will fall out and sauce will spill and you will eventually be picking up pieces of meat, slaw, and even sauce-sopped bun with two fingers as if they were dainty-sized, albeit outrageously messy, petits-fours.

Beyond the pork barbecue sandwich, the menu is a short list of smokehouse classics: beef barbecue, sausages, rib tips, and boloney, with sides of beans, slaw, and French fries. In our experience none of these is stellar; but the pig sandwich is.

What to Eat
Payne’s, Pig Sandwich
Pig Sandwich
One of Memphis' premier pig sandwiches!
Payne’s, Barbecue Bologna
Barbecue Bologna
The wonderful cole slaw and bbq sauce sauce also star on the bologna sandwich.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Tuesday11am - 2pm
Wednesday11am - 2pm
Thursday11am - 2pm
Friday11am - 3pm
Saturday11am - 2pm
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
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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