According to a new real estate study from Estately, Missouri is the No. 5 most barbecue-crazed state in the country. That's it?! Coming in at No. 1 is Alabama, followed by Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Hey, at least we beat Kansas. See also: Spare No Rib Lands on Zagat's 15 Hottest Barbecue Restau ... More >>
Andy Kohn has learned a lot about the barbecue preferences of St. Louisans. In the two short months that WildSmoke (12316 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur; 314-548-2222) has been open, the restaurateur has already had to tweak the menu to satisfy the city's tastes. "We made 27 changes in the first week, ... More >>
Doc's Smokehouse (1017 Century Drive, Edwardsville; 618-656-6060) just opened February 27, but Doc and Susan Richardson aren't new to barbecue. They've been cooking at home for over twenty years, and making the rounds on the competitive barbecue circuit since 2007. They turned their awards into a ca ... More >>
Acclaimed barbecue restaurant 17th Street BBQ (1711 West Highway 50; 618-622-1717) will close its O'Fallon, Illinois, location at the end of the month, co-owner Mike Mills tells us. The other two locations, in Murphysboro and Marion, Illinois, will remain open as well as the catering business. See ... More >>
The mysterious dispute that pitted the partners behind the beloved barbecue joint Pappy's Smokehouse (3106 Olive Street; 314-535-4340) against one another ended today. George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine broke the news this morning: Mike Emerson (the public face of Pappy's) and John Matthews have boug ... More >>
As a commenter astutely pointed out, The Shaved Duck (2900 Virginia Avenue; 314-776-1407) is hardly an unknown restaurant. Still, it isn't simply a barbecue joint -- heck, in its original incarnation, it was a gastropub -- and so often doesn't get factored into "Best Barbecue" discussions. No longe ... More >>
Here is a category ripe for nominations. We know the big names: Pappy's Smokehouse (3106 Olive Street; 314-535-4340) and Bogart's Smokehouse (1627 South Ninth Street; 314-621-3107) , which between them have won the last five RFT "Best Barbecue" awards. We of course know barbecue legend Mike Mil ... More >>
When Gut Check profiled chef and restaurateur Mike Johnson last summer, he told us he'd just bought "the world's coolest smoker" -- the same smoker used at Pappy's Smokehouse (3106 Olive Street; 314-535-4340) -- and that he planned to study at the home of Georgia barbecue legend Myron Mixon. Last we ... More >>
Image viaDid you know that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans eat roughly 818 hot dogs per second? That's what the Hot Dog and Sausage Council tells the New York Times. We're a nation of Joey "Jaws" Chestnuts!This weekend, of course, marks the unofficial end of summer and, with it, the ... More >>
Robin WheelerBarbecue competitors set up for Eckert's DadFest.Eckert's (951 South Green Mount Road, Belleville, Illinois; 618-233-0513 or www.eckerts.com) is getting an early start on Father's Day by kicking off its inaugural DadFest at 3 p.m. today. This morning, its barbecue competitors w ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergMore accolades for pit master Mike Mills and his 17th Street Bar and Grill. His original joint in Murphysboro, Illinois (two hours southeast of St. Louis), has been named the 85th-best restaurant in the U.S. on The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants list. 17th Street tied w ... More >>
The clock is ticking. You have until Monday, September 6, to register your vote in the Best of St. Louis 2010 Readers' Poll. Where is the best place to go on a first date? Where is the best place to go when someone else pays? Who has the best barbecue?The choice is in your hands.Also, since we're on ... More >>
On a day like today all you need is a chicken on the grill, Todd Snider...and beer:
The Shaved Duck2900 Virginia Avenue314-776-1407; websiteI'm Late for a Very Important DateMy husband and I were late to Dinner Club. We knew that we were dealing with adults, but still we worried about the other members fending for themselves. Would chaos ensue? Sadly -- for our egos -- we were ... More >>
A loyal reader -- OK, my wife -- showed me this incredible video in which the variations of Southern barbecue are set to (catchy!) music. Aside from the horrid-sounding sauce from Alabama, it's a keeper.
This week I visit Smoking Joe's Bar-Be-Que, the new joint in the rehabbed Tudor Building in Downtown West. The only good thing about being from a place without an iron-clad barbecue tradition to call its own -- two places, in my case: St. Louis is my home now, and I was born and raised in Baltimore, ... More >>
bnd.comAndrew SchneiderThank God for morons. Without them we wouldn't be able to share stories like this one from over in Waterloo, Illinois. Police say Tuesday night Andrew J. Schneider, 29, and Trent J. Gilliam, 35, drove a truck onto the lawn of the Monroe County Courthouse and hooked it up to an ... More >>
Pappy's Smokehouse (3106 Olive Street; Web site) celebrates its first birthday tomorrow, and the Midtown barbecue joint is throwing one heckuva party: Owner Mike Emerson informs me that right now two whole hogs are on the smoker, slowly transforming into what more than a few of us consider the best ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, December 18. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard.
Its time to celebrate!
9 p.m. Sunday, May 25. Rib America Festival at World War Memorial Park, North 13th and Chestnut streets
3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue
10 p.m. Saturday, December 22. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway.
We're plenty happy to try out new Lifestyles
Let's live and let live
Live music, bountiful martinis and a re-enacted regicide? Vive le France!
Mama's Coal Pot
LeGrand's St. Louis Hills Tom-Boy Market
Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant
The venerable Billy Sherman's Deli makes a move but doesn't stray too far from where it came
South Grand, St. Louis
KDHX-FM's "Celebrity Barbecue" promises a smorgasbord of music
Diamond-in-the-rough 'cue joint Art & Wardy's Box Lunch delights downtown diners