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Real barbeque in the outskirts of St. Louis

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rexmo Oct 19, 2006 12:03 PM

I can't believe there's actually someplace that gets it. On Main Street in Winfield MO, it's a bit out of the way, but bases on a small sample (brisket and sauce), The Fat Texan has the goods.

The brisket has that heavy but mild smoke you only get from slow cooking with a properly tended wood fire. The sauce, based on the brisket pan drippings has a depth of flavor I haven't found elsewhere in a restaurant setting.

The pit was fabricated by the proprietor, and sits out back amid stacks of his favorite fuel, pignut hickory. He says it took him a long time to adjust to the peculiarities of local Missouri varieties of hickory to get the character he was after.

Hours are currently limited, until he finds someone who can spell him at monitoring the pit.

No liquor license presently, and he has been pressured into no longer allowing beer to be brought in from across the street.

I have passed by a few times and thought I should stop on the off chance that they served something worthwhile. What caught my eye as I was passing recently was the collection of vintage pinballs near visible from the street. Old school mechanical pinballs and a couple of pool tables give the place an atmosphere that I thought was gone from this world.

  1. DetectDave Oct 20, 2006 10:29 AM

    What kind of hours does he have? I will be spending quite a bit of time soon right across the river duck hunting and would like to stop over and check him out. Thnx.

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      rexmo Oct 21, 2006 11:57 AM

      Wed & Thur 11-7, Fri, Sat, & Sun 11-8.

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      1. re: rexmo
        DetectDave Oct 22, 2006 12:49 AM

        Thanks. I'll check him out.

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        MARTIN CASEY Nov 29, 2006 01:59 AM

        HEY FAT TEXAN HERE, THANKS
        IM AT A NEW LOCATION,NO LONGER AT ABOVE MENTIONED.

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        1. re: MARTIN CASEY
          bobzemuda Nov 29, 2006 02:43 AM

          where are you now?

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          MARTIN CASEY Nov 29, 2006 01:02 PM

          I HAVE A BBQ STAND SET UP ON THE WEEKENDS .
          ON HWY 79 JUST AS YOU COME INTO WINFIELD ON
          THE RIGHT.

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