Perfectly smoked, slow-cooked Pulled Pork, Brisket, Ribs, Sausage, Catfish and Chicken are paired with all the barbeque fixin’s or on its own by the pound. That’s what you will find at Memphis Blues Barbeque House, it’s messy, perfect for sharing and full of Southern BBQ flavour. Oh, and don’t forget about the pie!
Being relatively new to the Red Deer Restaurant scene, Memphis Blues Barbeque House will celebrate two years of business this summer. With the pandemic turning the restaurant industry on its head a time or two and then again, Memphis Blues has managed to serve their delicious Southern BBQ to Central Albertans despite these hurdles. With three restaurant awards under their belt in less than seven months of operation, this modest, hard-working crew must be doing something right. In 2020, they received Gold for Best BBQ (Community Votes Red Deer), Silver for Best Ribs (The Best of Red Deer – Readers’ Choice Awards) and was crowned the “King of Wings” for People’s Choice Award for Best Wings (Central Alberta Wing Fest).
With a smokin’ resume and menu like this, Memphis Blues is a restaurant you will want to visit and then visit again. Read ahead to spark your appetite and get a glimpse into the soul of this Tourism Red Deer member.
What makes you different, unique or stand out?
“Memphis Blues BBQ House is Canada’s first authentic Southern BBQ restaurant franchise,” says Jolene Rennie, Owner/Operator of Memphis Blues BBQ House (Red Deer). This Canadian franchise was first established in 2001 and now has 9 locations, 4 in British Columbia and 5 in Alberta, including Red Deer which began operations in the Summer of 2019.
“We are committed to providing the very best quality, and all of our food is made from scratch in-house daily,” says Rennie. “All of the meat we prepare is Alberta raised, except for our sausage, which comes from Saskatchewan.”
When you open the door to Memphis Blues you are immediately hit with all the best barbeque smells you could imagine. Their giant smoker is on display greeting guests as they enter, offering an introduction of what’s to come. “Our meat is smoked for several hours at low temperatures,” says Rennie, “resulting in tender, mouth-watering meats that are full of traditional barbeque flavours.”
Why do you do what you do?
“We are locally owned and staff only local employees,” says Rennie, “We love Red Deer and want to support the community the best we can. We also love meat,” she laughs, “We take a lot of pride in what we do and the community feel that we contribute to Red Deer.”
Jolene and her husband were born and raised in Red Deer and knew they wanted to find a restaurant that brought different flavours to their community. While on the hunt to find their perfect fit, they stopped in at the Memphis Blues Barbeque House, just up the road in Edmonton. “We immediately fell in love with the food, the atmosphere and the passion of this restaurant,” she says. “To me, Red Deer has always had that small town, good-neighbour, family feel to it, and so does Memphis Blues.”