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The Best BBQ in St. Louis

St. Louis sits in the midst of a Triangle of Q, proscribed by powerhouses to the south (Memphis), east (the Carolinas), and west (Kansas City). But don't sleep on the excellent morsels of meat that St. Louis BBQ joints have to offer, including our local under-the-radar specialty, the crispy snoot. For that, we recommend at stop at Smoki-O's; check out our finger-lickin' recommendations for more spots to get your Q on.

Adam's Smokehouse

Advocates of the "low and slow" method of barbeque will be in hog heaven here, with finger-lickin' specialties from smoked ribs to pulled pork sandwiches. Try the smoked salami for something a little different. 

BBQ Saloon

Ribs, pulled pork, brisket and more, plus small-batch spirits to wash it all down. L and D (daily).

Bootleggin' BBQ

Friendly cross-state competition means these folks go against the STL flow and serve up KC-style BBQ (think burnt ends, sliced brisket, smoked wings), plus, beer, cocktails, and a lot of gaming fun from cornhole to Golden Tee. L (Th-Su), D (daily).

Brewhouse Historical Sports Bar

Beer-lover’s spot serves up eclectic local brews and a chef-driven, scratch-made menu of upscale bar food like in-house barbecue using locally-sourced ingredients. L, D (daily).

Hwy 61 Roadhouse

Funky downhome joint features Southern cooking like ribs, jambalaya, tamales, gumbo and more. Frequent live music, too, in a casual atmosphere. L & D daily, plus Su brunch.

Iron Barley's High Hog Ridge

It ain’t fancy, but this cozy neighborhood spot has built a solid reputation on its food: sandwiches like a classic Reuben, plus dinner from the smoker, from oak-roasted chicken and smashed potatoes to pork chops served on a cast-iron skillet with toasted barley and grilled veggies. Unique desserts, too.

Pappy's Smokehouse

Voted one of the “101 Best Places to Chow Down in America” by the Travel Channel, this smokehouse specializes in dry-rubbed, slow-smoked ribs over apple and cherry woods. L (daily), D (M-Sa).

The Shaved Duck

As seen on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” this comfort-food restaurant specializes in “rustic American cuisine,” slow smoked meats, and BBQ. Live music on weeknights as well as available outdoor seating. Open M-Sa.

Sister Cities Cajun & Barbecue

Get your gumbo on, with the savory and spiced dishes from the dirty chick (smoked chicken on a bed of dirty rice, smothered in seafood gumbo) and spicy shrimp tacos to plump crawfish and crab cakes; some tasty cocktails, too. Open for L & D Tu-Su.

Sugarfire Smoke House

Smoked brisket, pulled pork, local grass-fed burgers, a pimiento cheese BLT? Shut your mouth. No, wait, open it, because there are also root beer floats and Key lime pie waiting. Open for L & D daily.


It's an out-of-the-way spot on the North Riverfront that you might blink and miss...so close your eyes and follow your nose instead. Wings, hot links, pulled pork, rib tips, and a St. Louis specialty: crispy snoot. Plenty of sides and homemade desserts, too. Open 11 am-6 pm Tu & W, till 9 pm Th-Sa.