Barbecue competition trophies decorate the dining room of BBQ ASAP (15581 Manchester Road). This is a single room, bright and colorful, with seating for roughly three dozen arranged in an L shape around the counter where you order, and where the staff still grinds the ice for snow cones. Continue reading Ian Froeb's review: Fuel Up: A happy belly trumps an empty tank at BBQ ASAP. Photos by Jennifer Silverberg for the Riverfront Times.
While operating Mr. Harry’s Canival Foods at the Ballwin storefront that now houses BBQ ASAP, Jim and Mary Randall took an interest in barbecue. They joined the competitive circuit and now have the trophies to prove their prowess – including third place in pulled pork at the 2012 edition of the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (a.k.a. the “Super Bowl of Swine”). The pulled pork is excellent, but the brisket is the real draw, both thin slices from the flat end of the cut and the burnt ends. The latter are braised for several hours after being smoked and are fork-tender. Baby-back ribs, chicken and turkey are also available, but don’t neglect the house-smoked pastrami.