Teresa Cranmore, 2010. Photo by Meghan Leonard.
In 2010 Meghan Leonard, an SFA oral history intern, traveled to Meridian, MS, to record the story of barbecue maven, Teresa Cranmore.
A native of Meridian, Teresa worked as an accountant for twenty years before deciding to venture into the barbecue business. She and her husband, Terry, opened Squealer’s Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que in a tiny, stand-alone structure that was once a sno-cone stand in 1998. The business soon outgrew its small quarters, and the Cranmores opened a second location in the College Park shopping center in 2003. Known for their pulled pork sandwiches and delicious desserts, Squealer’s has ranked as “Best Barbecue” in the Meridian Star’s Reader’s Choice Awards every year since the store opened for business.
Teresa’s passion for serving her community goes beyond providing an excellent barbecue plate. Squealer’s fundraising efforts have helped raise more than a million dollars for the local community. It’s a fitting accomplishment for a restaurant whose motto is “Peace, Love and Pork.”
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