Pappys Ribs Beat the Memphis’ Rendezvous
Chicago, IL/May 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Pappys – We’re #1! Well, the Memphis-style ribs at Pappys Smokehouse are number one. Barbecue lovers in St. Louis have known that for some time. Pappy’s has been the local favorite for delicious smoked meats in a colorful, unpretentious Midtown space since just after opening in 2008. They are #1 on poll after poll, year after year. They were even named the #1 ribs in the country by Food Network. Pappy’s Smokehouse is currently #1 on our list of top rated barbecue restaurants, and one of St. Louis’ very favorite places to eat.
Television personality Steve Harvey got in on the barbecue action in his latest edition of The Great American Food Fight on the Steve Harvey Show. The episode aired on KDNL-30, Thursday, May 18th, when he pitted two of the best Memphis-style barbecue rib restaurants against each other. It was St. Louis’ Pappys Smokehouse against Memphis’ Rendezvous. Pappys owner and executive chef Skip Steele spoke with Harvey about his lifetime spent cooking and developing the perfect rack of barbecued ribs. Steele says he uses a dry rub that blends about 20 seasonings and spices together, then coats the rack with brown sugar to create a sweet crust. He demonstrated to Harvey, that his finished ribs are so tender, they can be pulled apart by hand–-no knife needed.
Steve tasted each restaurant’s slow-smoked ribs. In the tasting, Harvey apparently enjoyed both restaurant’s ribs very much, but seemed to indicate a slight preference for the ribs from Rendezvous. His audience didn’t agree. After sampling each, the studio audience was asked to vote for their favorite, and they confirmed what St. Louis diners already knew: Pappy’s Smokehouse makes the best barbecued ribs anywhere. Skip Steele humbly accepted Harvey’s Golden Spatula trophy after taking 54% of the vote.
The ribs at Pappys are dry-rubbed, then slow smoked to juicy perfection over apple and cherry wood for a lightly smoked flavor. But Pappy’s does more than ribs. This best in the land barbecue joint specializes in all sorts of smoked meats and the sides that go with them. Their baked beans are slow roasted beneath the beef tenderloin, allowing the dripping juices to add extra flavor to the beans. From pulled pork and beef tenderloin to potato salad and creamy slaw, it just doesn’t get any better than Pappy’s Smokehouse. In less than ten years, it’s become a St. Louis institution.
Pappy’s Smokehouse is open Monday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until about 8:00 p.m. (when they sell out) and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until about 4:00 p.m. (by which time they are always sold out). This is a very popular barbecue joint, and the lines can be quite long. But don’t let that keep you away. Line time = sample time, as the staff frequently hands out samples to those waiting to place their order.
“Steve Harvey” is produced by Endemol USA at the WMAQ/NBC 5 studios located in downtown Chicago. Alex Duda, Harvey and Rushion McDonald serve as executive producers. The show is distributed in national broadcast syndication by NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution.
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