Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Memphis Minnie's

Monday, before we headed out of San Francisco, we decided to add a little BBQ to the trip. After renting our car for the drive to Carmel, we drove to Memphis Minnie'sBBQ Joint in the Haight-Ashbury district. We got there around 10:30 AM and the place didn't open until 11, so we waited in the car until they opened the doors. Once inside, we met a bunch of cool people who clearly take BBQ very seriously.

The staff were friendly, especially owner Bob Kantor. He was very open and friendly, telling stories about his decades of travel and practice that have led him to where he is today. He cares deeply about BBQ and it shows in his restaurant.

Ted and Bob
Here are a few pictures of the smoker they use. It's pretty impressive. Bob only uses wood in his Q, no charcoal and absolutely no gas.

I ordered the three meat combo with beef ribs, St. Louis spares and pulled pork. The beef ribs below had a super smokt flavor and were very tender.

The pulled pork was my favorite thing of the meal. It was perfectly seasoned with a delicious, smoky flavor.

Sheila had the brisket sandwich. Very moist and tasty.

Overall, we had a great time at Memphis Minnie's. It was a great place to spend our last hour in San Francisco. If you're in the city, take a little time and head over to Memphis Minnie's. It's real BBQ in a city where real bbq is very hard to find.


The BBQ Guy said...

Thanks for posting the pictures of the smoker. It's a nice looking unit. Is it custom made? He didn't happen to share the manufacturer name did he?

Ted Lorson said...

The smoker is made by J&R Manufacturing. Here is a link to it on the company site.

Ted Lorson said...

However, the one used at MM's does not have electric assist. The owner was adamant that no electric or gas can be used in cooking real BBQ.