Pappy’s Smokehouse, St. Louis, Missouri

Pappy’s Smokehouse is the highest-rated barbecue place in St. Louis on Yelp and Trip Advisor and most other “Best” lists.  Pappy’s is especially known for their ribs, which some consider the best in the US.  That made it a must-stop on our last day in St. Louis. The approach to Pappy’s is beautiful.  There are five big Ole Hickory cookers outside, each one of which has … Continue reading Pappy’s Smokehouse, St. Louis, Missouri

Sugarfire Smokehouse, St. Louis, Missouri

Sugarfire Smokehouse is a hot new barbecue chain, one of the top three-rated barbecue places in the St. Louis area.  There are now 14 branches, and the chain — network would be a better word — has spread from Missouri to Illinois, Kentucky, and Indiana.  Nancy and I went to the Downtown St. Louis location for an early supper the evening after our AVA 10k state … Continue reading Sugarfire Smokehouse, St. Louis, Missouri

BEAST Craft BBQ, Belleville, Illinois

It was a benign fate that led us to Belleville, Illinois, and the excellent BEAST Craft BBQ.  Our project of completing those AVA 10k walks in every state capital drew us to St. Louis over the Columbus Day weekend.  We arrived in town in the early afternoon and headed  northeast to Springfield, Illinois.  Actually, we headed southeast for 30 miles to Belleville, Illinois. Belleville is the home of BEAST … Continue reading BEAST Craft BBQ, Belleville, Illinois

Chubby’s B-B-Q, Hayti, Missouri

I went to Chubby’s by accident.  Sort of. My original plan was to visit family and eat at the Dixie Pig in Blytheville, Arkansas, and then cross the Mississippi just above Blytheville en route to Helen’s in Brownsville, Tennessee, on Day 2 of my Great Memphis Region Barbecue Sandwich Tour.  The first hitch in that plan was the suggestion that I try the barbecue at … Continue reading Chubby’s B-B-Q, Hayti, Missouri

Local Sandwiches: The Guberburger

I am a fan of local foods — not just local vegetables and the like, but dishes that were born in a particular area and have pretty much stayed there.  The Horseshoe in Springfield, Illinois, and the Crownburger in Salt Lake City are good examples.   A good source of  little-known local foods  is Atlas Obscura, which recently had an article about another local sandwich, … Continue reading Local Sandwiches: The Guberburger

LC’s Bar-B-Q, Kansas City, Missouri

Fast Eddie Ashworth, an Indian Springs high school friend, offers LC’s in Kansas City as his favorite rib place.  He warns that the sauce may not be my cup of tea, and thoughtfully advises that I get it on the side.  Very considerate. Now Eddie lives in Baton Rouge, which is not known for barbecue, and I really respect Eddie’s willingness to travel a great … Continue reading LC’s Bar-B-Q, Kansas City, Missouri

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Kansas City, Kansas

First, Joe’s Kansas City is operating under an alias.  Until 2014, it was called Oklahoma Joe’s.  It changed its name over a three-year period to Joe’s Kansas City Joe’s.  Let’s face it, Kansas City is a bigger name in the barbecue world than Oklahoma.  There are now three branches, all on the Kansas side. Joe’s Kansas City neé Oklahoma Joe’s gets a lot of attention, … Continue reading Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Kansas City, Kansas