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Andy's Rest. Scorecard: BBQ tasting (RIBS), plus scores as of 4/25/10

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The palates of four pros just proved what most Bluff City barbecue lovers already know.

No two barbecue legends' ribs taste the same.

The Scorecard had three of the Mid-South's top chefs -  Chef Ben Smith of Midtown's Tsunami (http://www.tsunamimemphis.com/), Chef Rick Farmer of L'Ecole Culinaire cooking school & restaurant (http://www.lecoleculinaire.com/memphis/) and Chef Luahn Thomas, L'Ecole Culinaire's assistant program director - pig out in a blind tasting of four of Memphis's finest racks:

* LEONARD'S PIT BARBECUE (http://www.leonardsbarbecue.com/)

* CHARLIE VERGOS'S RENDEZVOUS CHARCOAL RIBS (http://www.hogsfly.com/)

* JIM NEELY'S INTERSTATE BARBECUE (http://www.interstatebarbecue.com/)

* COZY CORNER BBQ (http://www.cozycornerbbq.com/)

 The chefs loved every one of them, although their consensus is Cozy Corner's ribs taste the best, and Rendezvous ribs are the most distinctive.

"A lot of it is seasoning," said Smith, who also credited the other barbecue "S's":  sauce, slaw and smoke. "A lot of it is how much smoke."

"The fact that some use heavier smoke than others," Farmer said. "All of them were very good quality."

Watch our chefs' tasting in action in the video clip on this page, then tune in next week as our chefs dig in blind on these restaurants' pork sandwiches!

For all of this week's Memphis-Shelby County restaurant scores, click here

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