Bad to the Bone Bar-BQ sates saucy appetites with ample portions of Texas-style slow cooked, wood-smoked barbecue. Saddle up next to a table and spur taste buds with a savory three-rib plate ($10), with meaty bones slathered in homemade sauce and smoked for more than six hours, until full of robust, caramelized flavor. Anchor lighter appetites with a Bar-BQ sandwich ($4), featuring an incisor-enthralling portion of pulled pork on a butter-toasted bun. For insatiable stomachs and those collecting material for a new line of meat tuxedos, Bad to the Bone Bar-BQ offers a combination plate ($10), where carnivores can choose a half-pound of sausage, pork, ham, or brisket in any combination. Pork butts and briskets stargaze in a smoker for 14 hours, ensuring tender, juicy meat that nearly falls off the bone and into a saucy abyss of barbecue bliss.
A hunk of brisket at VooDoo BBQ & Grill begins its journey suspended over a bed of pecan and oak logs. Coated in a dry rub of local spices, the meat slowly turns on a rotisserie rod for up to 16 hours, its skin crisping while the inside stays a warm pink. The chefs smoke all their beef brisket and pulled pork over logs from Louisiana-based trees to lend them the region's unique smoked flavor, even at the risk of confusing passing botanists. They lightly coat grilled sausages, chicken, and burgers in three signature sauces inspired by the state's Cajun recipes. To complement their menagerie of smoked and grilled meats, they sling a variety of southern sides such as corn pudding, greens, and potato salads. At each of the 13 locations, the aroma of roasting meat fills a space of dark-stained wood and wrought iron; dining rooms awash in a palette of reds, greens, and oranges buzz with the sounds of jazz and blues.
With 15 finger-devouring flavors of Buffalo wings and a menu offering meaty burgers and fresh salads, Wing Zone has become a national go-to for delivery and takeout. Nosh on wings in their boneless or original style, with orders ranging from 7 ($5.99) to 50 wings ($31.99), and use the flavor's heat index (1 for mild, 4 for hottest) to determine the sauce's spiciness and ability to provide warmth when coating a body. The garlic-parmesan sauce artfully blends garlic with cracked pepper, and the hot honey-teriyaki mixes honey with ginger and soy. Wing Zone also serves a variety of side dishes, such as wedge fries ($1.99–$3.49) and beer-battered onion rings ($2.99–$4.99), which offer the occasional respite from wing munching. Savory half-pound burgers and chicken sandwiches ($7.99+) make for an adequate post-wing dessert.
When preparing their signature Memphis-style ribs, the staff at Corky's BBQ abides by this old adage: slow and steady wins the flavor. Whether they're destined to be served wet or dry, each slab begins by smoking for 18 hours over hickory wood and charcoal. Wet ribs come slathered in barbecue sauce, whereas chefs rub house seasonings into the dry ribs by hand. That sort of down-home treatment is no anomaly for the franchise?all of its pork shoulder is also pulled by hand, rather than by an impersonal machine or dog wearing golf cleats.
Along with the ribs, barbecue chicken, beef brisket, and classic sides make up the bulk of the menu at Corky's locations in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.