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Clare Grant – My Favorite BBQ Joints – Volume 17

For this week’s ‘My Favorite BBQ Joints‘ I am lucky to have Clare Grant participate. She is a Memphis-born actress who grew up very involved in the local theater and film scene. Upon graduation from the University of Memphis for Theater Performance, she had a short modeling career overseas before she began acting professionally. Her first role was a small but pivotal one in Walk the Line. Shortly after, she moved to LA to pursue acting full time.

While in Memphis, Clare met local director, Craig Brewer, who cast her in several independent films before casting her in his first studio film, Black Snake Moan, and later as the lead in his MTV series, $5 Cover. After that, Clare immediately found luck in LA, booking a leading role in the Emmy award-winning Showtime series Masters of Horror, as well as several other film and television guest and starring roles in shows such as CSI: Miami, Robot Chicken, Warren the Ape and The Graves. Living in Memphis gave her a strong grounding in what real deal BBQ is all about.

Here is her short and sweet (actually more savory) list in her words:

The Bar-B-Q Shop – Memphis, TN
My favorite BBQ place in Memphis is called The Bar-B-Q Shop. It is in Mid-Town Memphis on Madison Ave. It’s the first place I head to when I fly in to town. They have the best ribs and hands down the best pork shoulder sandwich ever. On Texas Toast. It’s amazing.

Photo of The Bar-B-Q Shop courtesy of The Eaten Path

Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous – Memphis, TN
Also in Memphis, I love the Rendezvous. It’s classic Memphis style BBQ in downtown Memphis.

Photo of Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous courtesy of

J.R.’s BBQ – Los Angeles, CA
In Los Angeles, I make the trek to J.R.’s BBQ on South LaCienega. It’s the only BBQ in LA that meets my BBQ standards.

Photo of J.R.’s BBQ courtesy of Stve W. – Yelp

Here is some additional information about Clare:
As a producer, Clare has focused on pop-culture geek related projects. With Rileah Vanderbilt, she created & starred in the short film Saber, which won two awards (Audience Choice & Best Action) at the LucasFilm Star Wars Fan Film Awards. With her creative partners in Team Unicorn, she has helped to create and produce the viral sensations: G33K & G4M3R Girls, A Very Zombie Holiday and superHarmony.

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