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Gridley's Baked Beans

Subject: Re: Gridley's Bake Beans
From: Tammy
Date: 3/23/2019, 4:06 PM

On 3/23/2019 10:05 AM, Tammy wrote:

Gridley's Bake Beans

Hi Tammy,

Well, you don't give me much to work with, so I'm going to have to guess that you mean the original "Gridley's Barbecue" in Bartlett, Tennessee (outside Memphis), and not the reopened version on Stage Road, and not "Gridley's Lunch Room" in Boston, Massachusetts, and not Gridley's Restaurant in†Waterbury, Connecticut, and not any of the other Gridley's Restaurants that may exist around the world. I get requests from everywhere. I need details.

I did a search for the original Gridley's barbecue sauce a couple of years ago. See: 6-19-2017 I had no luck today finding either the sauce or the beans recipe.

I found an old review of the original Gridley's here: My BBQ Blog

That writer says: "The beans Clyde made famous for Gridleyís is a secret recipe but one taste and you can tell that they are laced with curry."

So, if that writer knows what he is talking about, then the beans had curry powder in them.† It's probably a good bet that Gridley's beans had a good dose of Gridley's barbecue sauce in them, too.

This is all that I could find. I'll post this for reader input. Maybe a former employee of the original Gridley's will bless us with the recipes. Clyde Gridley died young, and his actual recipes may not have been passed on.


Subject: Canít find Memphis gridleys barbecue bean recipe
From: Scott
Date: 2/8/2020, 9:03 AM

On 2/7/2020 8:51 PM, scott wrote:

Do you have any ideas? They were spicy but delicious. They had some meat included in them. 
Iíve heard some people say the spice was curry, u could put them in the fridge and I would 
even eat them cold. They were so good, gridleys closed down and I canít find anyone who has 
the recipe?

Hello Scott,

Sorry, I can't find anything new since my previous searches. See:



The meat was chips of Gridley's pork BBQ. I also found the mention of curry powder, so you might try that, although the beans had Gridley's Famous BBQ Sauce in them as well, and I have had no success finding a recipe for the sauce. I doubt if you can duplicate the beans without the sauce.


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