The “pig sandwich” – chopped pork shoulder and cole slaw on a bun. I’m drooling already.
I was trolling the Internet, looking for ideas about quirky places to go during a trip to Memphis this spring. (Don’t even mention Graceland. Been there. Love Elvis’s music, hate his decorating taste.) But I hit pay dirt when I found out that the restaurant that invented the “pig sandwich” back in 1922 is in Memphis.
Leonard’s Pit Barbecue has moved twice, but long-time customers say the food is still the same — ribs with dry rub, catfish, onion rings, BBQ bologna sandwich, and a pig sandwich made with the “brown” meat from the outside of the shoulder.
Elvis sometimes hung out at Leonard’s, where his favorite was the pig sandwich, so despite his questionable taste in other sandwiches, The King clearly got something right.
Here’s an interview with the current owner, Dan Brown, who started working at Leonard’s as an onion slicer in 1962 and bought the place in 1993.
Leonard’s went straight to the top of my what-to-do-in-Memphis list.