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GOODS: Memphis Blues Extending “Passion For Pork” Week To The End Of September

There are 6 locations of Memphis Blues Barbeque House in BC (find your nearest one at www.memphisbluesbbq.com)

The GOODS from Memphis Blues

Vancouver, BC | Memphis Blues BBQ House is pleased to be one of the featured participants in Vancouver’s ‘Passion For Pork Week’, taking place September 10-16, 2012. From Burnaby to Yaletown, Main Street to Kitsilano, discover the beauty of local pork recipes in Canada’s most beautiful city. Visit any of the six Memphis locations across BC (Vancouver, Surrey, Cloverdale, and Kelowna), and try the unique Memphis Blues ‘Passion for Pork’ Sandwich – a succulent pulled pork sandwich topped with apple relish, sauced with Carolina mustard, and served with our signature pit beans and slaw for $10.95. Demand for this sandwich has already been so strong that we’ve decided to offer it for the entire month of September. Do we have a passion for pork? Heck ya! Learn more about the passion FOr Pork initiative after the jump…

The Passion For Pork initiative unites British Columbian and Albertan producers of quality pork who recognize that Western Canada produces some of the best pork in the world. In Japan and dozens of other countries, this pork is preferred because of its high quality and great taste and texture. Western Canadian pork farmers agree that it is important to produce safe and healthy pork from animals raised in a safe and humane manner, without added growth hormones, and in an environmentally sustainable way. For more information, recipes and videos, please visit http://www.passionforpork.com/.


1465 West Broadway Ave | Vancouver, BC | 604.738.6806
430 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604.682.6220
1342 Commerical Drive | Vancouver, BC | 604.215.2599
50-2443-161 A St. (Grandview Corners Mall) | Surrey, BC | 604.531.8005
302-18690 Fraser Highway (Hillcrest Village) | Surrey, BC | 778.574.3355
289 Bernard Street | Kelowna, BC | 250.868.3699
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MONDAY – THURSDAY – 11 am – 10 pm
FRIDAY – 11 am – 11:00 pm
SATURDAY – Noon – 11:00 pm
SUNDAY – Noon – 10 pm


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Key People

George Siu – Co-Owner
Park Heffelfinger – Co-Owner
Deborah Siu – Marketing and Promotions

About Memphis Blues

In January 1999 George Siu (an original owner of Not Just Desserts) and Park Heffelfinger (Vancouver Wine Academy) had a stopover in Memphis while flying from New Orleans. Lunch was a Pulled Pork Sandwich, and it was love at first bite. Since then, they have attended the World Barbecue Championships in Memphis where they conducted extensive research. They were able to reproduce the recipes at home, and decided to bring Authentic Southern barbeque to Canada.

In September of 2001 they opened the doors of the first Memphis Blues Barbeque House on West Broadway in Vancouver. George and Park have gone on to serve tens of thousands of happy customers from all across the globe, winning dozens of awards, and garnering citywide and national acclaim – all in the name of spreading the juicy gospel of succulent, slow-roasted Southern baah-bee-cue.

Southern Barbeque is traditionally meat smoked for several hours at low temperatures over hardwood, resulting in a succulent and tender product. Ribs should be tender enough to pull apart yet still firm, with a nice pink smoke ring. The meat is never mushy, or falling off the bone. (This is a sign that they have been braised or boiled – taboo in the South.) Pulled pork is Pork Butt, slow cooked until you can pull it apart with a fork. Pile it on a white bun, add sauce & coleslaw, and you’re in Pork Heaven. Beef Brisket is the trickiest to cook, it must be tender and juicy, yet have most of the fat rendered out.

The passion-fueled restaurant was an innovator from the start, and continues to be to this day. Indeed, they were the first casual self-serve restaurant in the city with a sophisticated twist to what is now a celebrated, but reasonably-priced wine list, recognized by Wine Access Magazine as being one of the ’50 Best Wine Restaurants in Canada’ three years in a row. Memphis Blues also boasts one of the most extensive Bourbon selections in the city!

In their 10th year of mouth-watering service, George and Park are preparing for further adventures. After the successful issue of their best-selling cookbook, Memphis Blues Barbeque House – Bringin’ Southern BBQ Home (Whitecap Books, 2008), the pair are in the process of releasing a series of unique Memphis Blues Rubs and Sauces, and are planning a series of interesting menu additions, including a yet-to-be-named food challenge to be unleashed on an unsuspecting Vancouver in the next few months.

With its roots in Vancouver, you can now satisfy your BBQ cravings at not just one, but FIVE family-owned locations across BC. A sixth store is set to open in downtown Vancouver in early 2012, and further expansion is planned for Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba in the coming months. Memphis Blues has also extensively grown their takeout, delivery and catering division, and are a sought-after partner for weddings, corporate events, and more.

This is messy food, folks – dive in, and eat with your hands.


2011, 2010 – Best Barbeque (West Ender)
2010 – Silver for Best Casual Chain (Vancouver Magazine)
2009, 2008, 2006, 2005 – Best Barbeque (Vancouver Magazine)
2006, 2005 – Best Southern Barbeque (Vancouver Sun)
2006, 2005, 2004 – One of Top 50 Best Wine Lists in Canada (Wine Access Magazine)
2005 – Best Restaurant to Eat Meat (Georgia Straight)
2004 – Best Place for Meat Lovers (Georgia Straight)
2002 – Best New Restaurant (selected by Media) – BC Restaurant and Foodservices Assoc.
2002 – One of Best New Restaurants in Canada (EnRoute Magazine)