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“Low and Slow” Cooking for the Best Flavors...

by R.H. Duke

January 2002 is a milestone for the, award-winning Memphis Championship Barbecue. That’s when they’ll unveil a new concept - a spacious BBQ eatery, combined with a lively Blues lounge/bar, inside the Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino. Other locations include 2250 Warm Springs Rd. and 4379 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

In this critic’s opinion, Memphis serves the absolute best in Southern-style barbecue! From the smoked baby back ribs, to the chicken, brisket, pork, hot links and other specialties, Memphis is without equals in Vegas. Founder and owner Mike Mills says “we use the old-fashioned principle of low and slow barbecuing. This results in tender, moist meat, packed with flavors. And that low heat and slow cooking time, combined with Magic Dust (18 herbs and spices), our award-winning (100 year old recipe) sauce, and a mix of apple and hickory wood, not only enhances the smoked flavors, but makes for perfect barbecue.”

I love the baby back ribs, but my favorite has to be the hot links, an all beef sausage with special spices in a crispy outside casing that explodes with flavors. I also crave the tender pulled pork sandwich sprinkled with “Magic Dust,” sauced, and served hot. And don’t forget the Southern fried dill pickles. Wow, are they great!

Memphis is simply the best, and the proof is in the more than 2 dozen awards Mike has received, including the only 3 time “World Grand Champion,” and 4 time “World Champion” at the International Memphis (TN) in May Cook-off. It’s known as the “Super bowl of BBQ.” Mills also had top security clearance to board Air Force One during the Clinton administration. When the President wanted to enjoy
Southern-style barbecue, he always called upon Mike Mills!

You too can experience barbecue fit for a president, in an old-warehouse style ambiance, with brick walls reminiscent of famous Beale Street in Memphis, TN or on the “porch” off the casino floor inside the Santa Fe. Hear live blues and the sounds of John Earl & The Boogey Man Band while taking an imaginary journey down Beale Street, every Friday and Saturday 9:00 P.M. - 2:00 A.M. Thursday nights features Jam Sessions with local bands. Carlos D. Silva, Director of Operations, invites you to experience what Memphis Championship Barbecue is all about - great food, fun and tradition!

Visit the new Memphis at the Santa Fe Station, 4949 N. Rancho Drive, with easy access from the self-parking, or valet entrance at the East garage, Rancho Drive Casino entrance, or the casino floor. Look for the theater style marquee heralding “Memphis Championship Barbecue.” Full service catering is available, and all menu items are available for take-out. Phone (702) 396-6223.

R.H. Duke is a former restaurateur and a Las Vegas restaurant critic who says “Fine Dining is one of Life’s Greatest Pleasures!”

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