You had a good run. We know you like to think of yourselves as a little bit of a barbecue town, something we troglodytes back east supposedly don't know squat about. [Waits for Memphis to look up "troglodytes" ... oh, hell, here's the link.] You brag about your dry-rub this and your Rendezvous that.
Well apparently, you've never heard of a barbecue mecca we like to call NASHVILLE.
The fine folks over at Travel + Leisure — that's pronounced "Travel AND Leisure" not "Travel Plus Leisure" (it's not a Pictogram, Memphis; we're gonna need you to move a little faster than that) — have declared It City THE TOP BARBECUE CITY IN AMERICA:
It’s a Tennessee takedown: with its ever-expanding foodie scene, Music City won for compiling a greatest-hits collection of barbecue styles — from the whole-hog approach of rural Tennessee, the tomatoey sauces of Memphis, and even the mayo-and-vinegar white sauces typical of Alabama — with southern-style catfish, fried okra, and banana pudding thrown in. Alongside traditional platters, the best places in Nashville offer some cheeky twists: Martin’s Bar-B-Que has Redneck Tacos (filled with brisket or pulled pork), while Peg Leg Porker in The Gulch offers an appetizer of Memphis Sushi (cheese and sausage on saltines). At Edley’s Bar-B-Que, both in East Nashville and 12South, the Tuck Special is a brisket sandwich topped with house-made pimento cheese, an over-easy egg, red and white sauce, and pickles. In a perhaps related note, Nashville also scored near the top for its civic pride.
(Apparently we love our city more than you, too. That's the power of It Citydom right there)
So yes, while you like to think you have your own special brand of barbecue, it turns out that our own Barbecue Melting Pot approach is superior. We will take your barbecue and make it better. Oh, wait, we already did.
Just to show you we're not sore winners, you're invited to the Nashville In May celebration next year where we will crown a new World Barbecue Champion.
Roll on, Mighty Cumberland River. Roll on.
P.S. We have pitched Travel + Leisure on a number of lists for which Nashville is surely No. 1 as well, including "Best Blues Town," "Best Jewish Delis," "Best Spring Break Destination" and "Best NBA City"