St. Louis’ Best Barbecue Restaurants
ST. LOUIS, MO/November 13, 2017 (STL.News) – Backyard barbecue season may be over for most of us in the St. Louis area, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still crave slow-smoked ribs or brisket. Fortunately for us, St. Louis is one of the best barbecue cities in the nation. With dozens of restaurants specializing in barbecue, there’s a quality smokehouse in every corner of the city.
St. Louis is a barbecue town. The city is known across the nation as home to some of the best smoked meat purveyors in the country. So being one of the best barbecue joints in one of the best barbecue cities in the world, is high praise. We checked the customer reviews to find out which barbecue smokehouses are St. Louis favorites. What we found was an assortment of barbecue specialists across the metro area—each bringing their own flavor to the pit.
Topping the list is Bogart’s Smokehouse in Soulard. To call the pit team at Bogart’s experts is to undersell it. This smoking Soulard institution is led by pitmaster Skip Steele. The Memphis native is a Pappy’s alum who grew up building grills, went on to win numerous barbecue competitions, and helped found St. Louis’ original barbecue restaurant, Super Smokers BBQ. Steele is a true master of the smoke as evidenced by St. Louis diners’ affection for his apricot-glazed ribs, slow-smoked pastrami, and prime rib. Bogarts is small, and the lines are usually long, but the staff is friendly, and the food is worth the wait. Like most great barbecue joints, you’ll want to get there early, because they generally sell out.
From top to bottom, the top 10 barbecue restaurants in town each offer terrific, slow-smoked goodness. Here are St. Louis’ favorite barbecue joints:
1. Bogart’s Smokehouse (4.67 stars/2344 reviews) Soulard, 1627 South 9th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 621-3107.
2. Adam’s Smokehouse (4.66 stars/349 reviews) Clifton Heights, 2819 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 875-9890.
3. Gobble STOP Smokehouse (4.61 stars/276 reviews) Creve Coeur, 1227 Castillon Arcade Plaza, Creve Coeur, MO 63141, (314) 878-5586.
4. The Shaved Duck (4.58 stars/1692 reviews) Tower Grove East, 2900 Virginia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 776-1407.
5. SharpShooter Pit and Grill (4.56 stars/54 reviews) Affton, 8135 Gravois Street, Affton, MO 63123, (314) 353-4745.
6. Pappy’s Smokehouse (4.54 stars/6077 reviews) Midtown, 3106 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 535-4340.
7. Roper’s Ribs (4.50 stars/218 reviews) Flordell Hills, 6929 West Florissant Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63136, (314) 381-6200.
8. BEAST Craft BBQ (4.50 stars/622 reviews) Belleville, 20 South Belt West, Belleville, IL 62220, (618) 257-9000.
9. Dalie’s Smokehouse (4.48 stars/319 reviews) Valley Park, 2951 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park, MO 63122, (636) 529-1898.
10. Vernon’s BBQ & Catering (4.48 stars/311 reviews) University City, 6707 Vernon Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63130, (314) 726-1227.
With so many great barbecue restaurants in St. Louis, there was no way we could stop with just ten. There are a few more that didn’t quite make the top 10, but still deserve your attention. So to these smokehouses we offer Honorable Mentions:
Sugarfire Smoke House (4.46 stars/754 reviews) St. Charles, 3150 Elm Point Industrial Drive, Saint Charles, MO 63301, (636) 724-7601. There are six Sugarfire Smoke House locations in the St. Louis area: St. Charles, Winghaven, Olivette, downtown St. Louis, Valley Park, and Washington, Missouri, with plans in the works for another in O’Fallon, Illinois. Beyond traditional smoked meats, this place adds unique barbecue dishes to the mix. Customers rave about their pulled pork hush puppies, brisket, six kinds of sauce, and the homemade pies. All of the Sugar Fires rate highly with customers, but this St. Charles location tops the customer reviews.
Dixon’s Smoke Company (4.34 stars/41 reviews) Midtown, 3674 Forest Park Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 833-4161. This is pit master Joe Dixon’s first restaurant endeavor. He and his partners, brothers Aaron and Edward McFarlane, are creating authentic St. Louis style barbecue with rubs and seasonings of their own creation. Customers especially rave about the pulled pork, tender smoked chicken, brisket, and peach cobbler.
Smokehouse BBQ (4.46 stars/13 reviews) Pagedale, 6903 Page Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63133, (314) 862-2383. This family-owned, counter serve barbecue joint has been serving smoked meats, fried fish, and awesome sides since 2011. Customers love the rib tips, saucy ribs, barbecued chicken, fried catfish and the huge menu of sides—especially the fried okra.