This week, the Riverfront Times ventures out to Gobble Stop Smokehouse, a four-month-old Creve Coeur barbecue joint remarkable for two reasons, only one of which is that name. Here chicken and turkey dominate the menu — and you won’t find so much as a morsel of pork. Photos by Jennifer Silverberg.
Chicken and turkey aren’t the most beloved barbecue meats, but they command the full attention of DeMarco Howard, owner of Gobble Stop Smokehouse in Creve Coeur. You won’t even find pork on the menu. Howard smokes his birds over hickory wood, imbuing the meat with a deeply smoky flavor. Turkey dishes include tender, succulent “tips” (a bit of meat from the thigh) and “ribs” (white meat attached to the scapula). The pulled chicken might be the best barbecue of all. All three Gobble Stop barbecue sauces (standard tomato-based, sweet-and-spicy and straight-up spicy) are excellent. Non-barbecue dishes include a turkey burger and a grilled-chicken sandwich.