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Jim Neely learned early that the best paycheck is one he wrote to himself

By , Daily Memphian Updated: September 01, 2020 4:00 AM CT | Published: September 01, 2020 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Jim Neely&rsquo;s first barbecue restaurant in Memphis was Jim Neely's Interstate Bar-B-Que, on South Third. In 1978, he bought a small grocery store and there was space to add on.&nbsp;&ldquo;I figured I&rsquo;d sell barbecue, so I built a pit,&rdquo; he said.</strong>&nbsp;(Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

Jim Neely’s first barbecue restaurant in Memphis was Jim Neely's Interstate Bar-B-Que, on South Third. In 1978, he bought a small grocery store and there was space to add on. “I figured I’d sell barbecue, so I built a pit,” he said. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

Jim Neely is 83, the last of his generation of local barbecue legends. He never really intended to be in the restaurant business, but he succeeds in whatever he does.

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Jennifer Biggs

Jennifer Biggs

Jennifer Biggs is a native Memphian and veteran food writer and journalist who covers all things food, dining and spirits related for The Daily Memphian.


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