Brian Pollard and “A&R Bar-B-Que”, A Legacy of Flavor, Tradition, and Community in Memphis

Brian Pollard and “A&R Bar-B-Que, A Legacy of Flavor, Tradition, and Community in Memphis
Photo Courtesy: A&R BBQ

By: Lennard James  

Anyone Can Put The Heat To The Meat – But Only A Few Can BBQ!” – this iconic slogan beckons all barbecue enthusiasts and those in search of a good time to A&R Bar-B-Q, a cherished establishment on Elvis Presley Drive in Memphis. Beyond being a restaurant, A&R Bar-B-Q is a living testament to family tradition, with a rich history passed down through generations. So, fasten your bibs, prepare your appetite, and embark on a BBQ bonanza like no other.  

The legacy of A&R Bar-B-Q extends back through the years, a tale woven with dedication and a commitment to culinary excellence. Brian Pollard, a key figure in the restaurant’s history, has played a pivotal role in carrying forward this cherished tradition. As the torchbearer of A&R Bar-B-Q, Brian has not only preserved the authenticity of Memphis barbecue but has also added his unique touch, making it a beloved institution for locals and visitors alike.  

The vibrant history and community support that defines A&R Bar-B-Q. The phone incessantly rang, the door swung open and closed, and the tantalizing aroma of rib tips permeated the air, creating an atmosphere steeped in tradition and flavor.  

The story of A&R Bar-B-Q is not just about food; it’s about community. Being in business for years, this barbecue joint has become a staple, weaving itself into the fabric of the local community. Through the generations, A&R Bar-B-Q has been a gathering place, a hub for friends and families to come together, share stories, and enjoy the timeless taste of authentic Memphis barbecue.  

Brian Pollard’s stewardship has not only preserved the original recipes and cooking techniques but has also elevated the dining experience, ensuring that each visit to A&R Bar-B-Q is a journey into the heart of Memphis’s culinary heritage. The restaurant’s commitment to quality and community has made it a favorite among locals and has garnered support from a few celebrities who appreciate the authentic flavors and warm hospitality.  

A&R Bar-B-Q’s catering service is a testament to its enduring commitment to bringing people together. The catering team, under Brian’s guidance, ensures that the traditions and flavors of A&R Bar-B-Q can be enjoyed at various gatherings, from casual backyard barbecues to elegant events, fostering a sense of community beyond the restaurant’s walls.  

This the evening sun sets on Elvis Presley Drive, A&R Bar-B-Q stands tall, not just as a restaurant but as a beacon of tradition, flavor, and community. The slogan “Anyone Can Put The Heat To The Meat – But Only A Few Can BBQ!” encapsulates the spirit that Brian Pollard and the Pollard family of A&R Bar-B-Q have infused into every dish, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking an authentic taste of Memphis barbecue and a warm sense of belonging in the heart of the community. When the evening sun sets on Elvis Presley Drive, A&R Bar-B-Q stands tall, not just as a restaurant but as a beacon of tradition, flavor, and community.

Published by: Martin De Juan

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