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Down South: Appalachia Meets Memphis at Ridgewood Barbecue, Bluff City, Tennessee

Smoked meat has been a part of daily life in southern Appalachia for about as long as there have been people there, but smoked meat in a sweet, tomato-based sauce—what we'd call "Tennessee-style" barbecue—is most popular eight hours to the east in Memphis. Ridgewood Barbecue, which has been been tucked into the the side of lonely Bullock Hollow since the mid-1950s, straddles the gap between Memphis and Appalachia with its signature smoked ham. More

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