Memphis barbecue named second official ‘state food’

By , Special to The Daily Memphian Updated: April 16, 2024 5:31 AM CT | Published: April 15, 2024 3:41 PM CT

In February, the legislature adopted the state’s first official food: hot slaw, a dish popular in the Cleveland area of East Tennessee. But its second official state food is Memphis-based. 


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Jody Callahan

Jody Callahan graduated with degrees in journalism and economics from what is now known as the University of Memphis. He has covered news in Memphis for more than 25 years.


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