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Our philosophy

At Memphis Fire Barbeque Company, we want to make you feel like you’re somewhere unique, but still like home. We are fearless champions of cuisine from the 1950’s and 60’s, the Southern US and from our collective childhoods.

The reason is simple. This is the food we grew up on, fell in love with and it is all from a time when food was created with integrity, passion and care by talented cooks. In that era, no matter where you ate, the food didn’t come from a lab, a bottle, a freezer case or designed to be shelf stable for 2 years.

We are a collective of professional Chefs, Cooks, and Servers who are dedicated to making sure that honest food is served to our guests every day. From scratch isn’t just a buzzword, but an obsession.

We prepare our own meat, create all our stocks, sauces, and dressings and work with local artisan bakers to ensure we give you the freshest food offerings possible.

It’s not fast, efficient or trendy, we just call it sharing the love of food that was instilled in us from our Grandmothers, Mothers, and Families; all made with love and a sense of hospitality that needs to be protected, encouraged and shared with you, our customers.

It all started in 1999 when Chef Steve read the cover article in Saveur magazine about Authentic Southern Barbeque. The article talked about how barbeque was the last style of food that the large foodservice companies could truly turn into convenience food, and that’s all it took to get him interested.

The Popp family has always cooked from the heart, with time and love going into everything its family members would make; suffice it to say that good food is very important to them. Steve took this inspiring article and launched Jet Set Spice Company to the public in 2002, featuring a line of 8 signature spice blends and marinades that were designed to get home cooks doing just that, cooking in their homes again. All of Jet Set’s products were filler and additive free, and most importantly, they were all salt-free as well.

The signature spice from Jet Set Spice Company was always Memphis Fire Dry Rub, and when the time came that the family could open a restaurant to promote their “made from scratch with quality and care” philosophy, it was natural that they would name the restaurant “Memphis Fire” Barbeque Company after their signature dry rub. We start every day with preparing our award-winning barbeque. We hand trim, season and spice each piece from raw and smoke it all in our Ole Hickory Pits smoker bathed in Hickory smoke. This attention to detail and level of care is brought to all of our food we prepare, but it all starts with our barbeque.

The driving force behind the way we think