And in the Memphis region, BBQ has no limits.
Known primarily for it's preparation style for ribs (slow cooked, smoked, with a dry rub instead of sauce). But it's also the home to some unique takes on BBQ. In Memphis and northwest Mississippi, you will often see "BBQ Spaghetti" on the menu...something you will rarely see in other areas of the country.
There are a number of ways to prepare the dish. For my own version, I keep the sauce light, so the flavor of the spices comes out better.
Here's a basic recipe to use as a starting point:
This is a dish that for me best utilizes any left over BBQ pork from earlier in the day, or a day before.
* Prepare a small amount of your own spice mixture that you prefer with your BBQ. For me, this is my own dry rub I use to prepare ribs. No need to share secrets here...each person has their own method.
* Cook/heat the pork in your BBQ or an oven, preserving any juices that are retained. you can also do a quick reheat in a pan on the stove.
* Cook the spaghetti with the amount of salt you prefer during boiling (best if you make your own pasta rather than store bought)
* In a sauce pan, cook some diced onion in a light amount of cooking oil. For each pound of spaghetti you are cooking, you should have 1/2 cup of onion. So if cooking a 1 lb box of spaghetti, you'll want 1/2 cup of onion. Green and/or Red Bell Peppers are an optional ingredient you can include).
* When the onions start to caramelize, add sugar to taste (1/2 in size of the amount of onion you're using).
* Add your own pre-prepared BBQ sauce and any liquid smoke you want added.
* Strain the spaghetti and rinse off the startch
* Place the spaghetti in a mixing bowl
* For my own take, I then add the dry rub to the spaghetti, so that each piece of pasta has a nice dusting of the dry rub flavor
* Next add the sauce you prepared from the stove and mix with the spaghetti
* Strain and of the cooked pork juice in the mixing bowl and stir again
* Either serve and top with the cooked pork or add the pork in the mixing bowl, stir, and serve.
It's that easy. Enjoy!