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Pulled pork sandwich, shown with housemade sweet-potato fries.
Despite the owner’s eccentric reputation, Bud’s barbecue is respectable, and sometimes downright delightful, standing up to the town’s most famous names. The menu offers two types of pork ribs: regular and Missouri-raised. Both are generously treated with a mildly spicy rub that forms a nice crust on the moist and tender meat. Bud was working the room the night of our visit and began divulging secrets about injecting the ribs with wine — before Baker walked in and cut him off. “He’s like the dog in the Bush’s baked beans commercials,” Baker laughed. “You leave him alone for five minutes and he tells our secrets.”
Keep reading: Cheryl Baehr's review of Bud's Smokehouse & Grill.
Photos by Jennifer Silverberg for the Riverfront Times.
Published on January 28, 2014