Andrew Pollard lives barbecue everyday. He vividly remembers watching his father smoke pork and brisket. In 1983 he opened A&R. And on his rare days off of work, Pollard and a neighbor pass ribs, back-and-forth, to taste over the backyard fence.
A&R is where many Memphisonians eat their daily barbecue. Traditional pulled or chopped pork sandwiches and famous fried pies: apple, peach, sweet potato. Show up early, or call ahead, the pies run out fast, locals would encourage the tasting of one of each.
We first visited A&R Bar-B-Que in 2002 as part of our initial foray into documenting Memphis ‘cue, a project that included photographs, original essays and a smattering of oral history interviews. Visit the original A&R Bar-B-Que page.