ELV is on his way up to Mesquite (Nevada, not France) this afternoon to judge the Smokin’ In Mesquite championship barbecue cook-off being held there this weekend.
Barbecue, as you know, is one of the four essential food groups — along with French, Chinese and Italian food — so an event of this magnitude cannot go unnoticed, or partaken in, by Eating Las Vegas.
But before we leave, our staff thought they’d share some tasty snaps of some pretty good restaurant ribs they had earlier this week at Memphis Championship Barbecue.
We expect the competition ribs to be smokier. spicier and more hand-crafted than these commercial ribs…but still, these baby backs and Saint Louis fatbacks were darn tasty…and as good as you’re gonna get in our humble burg.
Barbecue has had a tough time of it here in the last two years. Salt Lick, R.U.B. and CJ’s on west Sahara have all folded, confirming what ELV has maintained for years: that Vegas ain’t a ‘cue town and never will be one. Why this is so is beyond our feeble brain, but if it means we have to drive north for an hour or so to get the good stuff, we are off like a prom dress.
And since nothing goes with good ‘cue like a little bluegrass music, here is a little Zac Brown Band to take us home with one of our favorites:
MEMPHIS CHAMPIONSHIP BARBECUE
1401 South Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146