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Where's the best BBQ in St. Louis?

I'll be going to St Louis soon and I have always heard that it is the BBQ & grilling capital of the midwest. I don't mind going to neighborhoods, and I'll probably have the time to hit 2 or 3 places. Where should I go? BTW I am from Philly, Pa and we are somewhat BBQ challenged!

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  1. Actually, I think most people would say that Kansas City, MO is is bigger BBQ destination than St. Louis.

    I can vouch that there is at least one good place in St. Louis and that's Pappy's Smokehouse. It is simple and delicious BBQ.


    3106 Olive St
    St Louis, MO 63103
    (314) 535-4340

    1. Your probably going to be somewhat disappointed. St. Louisans do alot of their OWN BBQ'ing, but the restaurant scene is not great. Having said that,
      Pappy's as mentioned is getting alot of good reviews. Check their hours and also they run out of meats so you may have to contend with that.
      Richard's Ribs in the Kirkwood area on Lindberg is pretty good. There is a chain in town which I happen to think is decent which is Bandana's. It is mostly a local chain.
      New in town is Dickey's. Avoid them.
      If you are in the western area known as St. Charles, there is a good little place called Lil Mickey's. These folks are related to the Neely's from the Food Network.
      Phil's is terrible so if anyone tells you there, forget it.
      If you want to travel a little bit into Illinois, probably an hour or less from St. Louis is the 17 street Murphysboro grill.
      This guy was actually named by Bon Appetit and the Food Network as having the BEST ribs in the country. I have not been but I have been wanting to.
      He has won PLENTY of awards.
      I would definitely go there.


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      1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

        I'm getting hungry just reading all of this stuff! BTW - A friend of the devil is a friend of mine!

        1. Michaelstl is on the money. KC is definitely a barbecue Mecca. St. Louis unfortunately is not, although there are plenty of places to get great food here. Follow the recommendations above and you should be happy.

          1. Roper's Ribs has the best Ribs in st. louis.
            I travel all over the midwest and south and have found no better rib or bbq.
            The most amazing flavor with the pulled pork. Roper's Ribs Baby back ribs are soo good that I drove back through st. louis on my way out of the city the next day.
            TRYYY THEMM> Will not be disappointed

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            1. re: rib lover 2

              Not sure why you're responding to a year-and-a-half old thread (although I'm MIGHTY suspicious about a first time poster named "rib lover 2"), but I stand by my post from December 2008. Pappy's is first-rate. End of story.

              1. re: alan


                I did try PM the other day in the valley. I did like them though they were not the meatiest ribs I ever had. But good taste.


                1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

                  Have not had their ribs at PM in Chesterfield, but think their brisket, chicken, and pork (pulled versions) are all very good, and think their sauce good too for those who like sauce. Good folks, too.

                2. re: alan

                  We tried Roper's Ribs a couple of years ago because of a recommendation on one of the forums. My St. Louis style ribs were excellent. My wife was less impressed with her rib tips. Our interest was in good food near I-40 as we travel through St. Louis. Roper's Ribs is close. We took Route UU north about a mile to Florissant turned right and found them on the corner one block east on our left. This is basically carry out only. There were a couple of tables, but they didn't appear to get much use.

              2. We FINALLY got to Pappy's laast week.

                WOWWEE, great stuff, I had the pulled pork and brisket, wifey had ribs.

                Why haven't we been there sooner??

                I'm an ex Master CBJ