Despite what its exterior may suggest, Payne's has some of the best BBQ in Memphis with its famous pork that's chopped, not pulled, then piled high with mustard slaw and spicy sauce. The sandwich has a perfect balance of moist meat and its crisp outside brown, creating a deliciously messy meal that the unassuming hamburger bun can barely contain.
Three generations of Paynes have kept this modest cinder block building with a recessed pit filled with hickory coals going for four decades. Known for their mustard slaw and barbecued bologna, this spot’s specialty is serving pork that’s chopped, not pulled. Owner Ronald Payne says, “Crispy and smoky bits in the meat and sweet ‘n tangy dressings makes a chopped pork sandwich that stands out from any sandwich you’ve ever had.”