Thursday, February 14, 2013

First Look: Wilson's BBQ Serves Up St. Louis-Style Barbecue in South City

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

A pulled pork sandwich and red pepper slaw. - MABEL SUEN
  • Mabel Suen
  • A pulled pork sandwich and red pepper slaw.

This ain't no dry rub. With many proud proprietors of sauce-heavy St. Louis-style barbecue popping up as of late, Gut Check's going to have to loosen its belt every now and then to, ahem, draw some quality comparisons. More and more, this city puts itself on the U.S. barbecue map, and Southhampton's latest addition, Wilson's BBQ (4904 Devonshire Avenue; 314-335-7041), intends to make a name for itself, too.

  • Mabel Suen

The unassuming storefront tucked away just off of the consistently busy Kingshighway Boulevard has but two tiny tables and a chair or two. For now at least, the joint is carry-out and cash only. Chef Debra Wilson stands smiling behind the counter in her professional chef's uniform, ready to pile in stick-to-your-gut goodness slathered in sweet and spicy sauce into Styrofoam to-go containers.

  • Mabel Suen

Wilson has sported similar outfits for the past 25 years for jobs including a current position as a chef at the Four Seasons Hotel, where she's cooked since it first opened in 2008. Her resume also includes stints at The Ritz-Carlton and Old Warson Country Club, among others.

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