Barbecue is More Than Just Ribs

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barbecue , food and drink , specialty foods , family dining
Smoked Meats and All the Trimmings
Author: Scott McCullough

All across the good ol’ U.S. of A, you can savor an area’s own specialty foods. Pacific Northwest: salmon. New York's Coney Island New York: hot dogs. Philadelphia: cheese-steak hoagies. Louisiana: spicy Cajun. Oklahoma: beef steak.

In Missouri, the first thing that comes to mind is mouth watering barbecue you can smell a block away ... that's a good thing.

US News and World Report includes Kansas City and St. Louis on their list of the top seven BBQ cities in America ... and for good reason.

VisitMO staffer Elise Eimer toured several St. Louis BBQ joints and posted this report about her journey: Tour de BBQ.

     St. Louis is famous for wood-smoked baby back ribs and pork steaks, among other meat selections, usually heavily sauced. The greater St. Louis area is said to consume more barbecue sauce per capita than any other city in the nation; we think a bib might be a good idea.

  • Pappy's Smokehouse was named one of the “101 Best Places to Chow Down in America” by The Travel Channel.
  • Bogarts Smokehouse offers their special spin on some of America’s favorite foods, including apricot glazed ribs, slow roasted turkey, smoked prime rib and smoked pastrami.
  • Roper's Ribs has been smoking award-winning ribs since 1976. Ribs are hand rubbed with a special blend of spices and smoked for more than 12 hours using hickory wood to create an exquisite flavor.
  • Sugarfire Smoke House serves all the standards, plus goodies such as smoked fried artichokes and pork belly hush puppies.
     Kansas City style BBQ involves very slowly smoked meats, using a variety of woods, served with a thick, tomato-molasses sauce and saucy beans, baked in the smoker. 
  • Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue (three Missouri locations) has been rated as some of the best barbecue in the U.S. by several national organizations; the Zagat Survey named them the "#1 Barbecue House in the Country" for the last several years running. There cooked meats, sauces, rubs and side dishes can be ordered from their website.
  • Gates Bar-B-Q (four Missouri locations) is a Kansas City tradition since 1946. Gates will satisfy your craving for truly unique smoked meats. Gates BBQ sauces and rubs are sold by many grocery chains across the country.
  • Arthur Bryant's, founded in the 1920s, is one of the most renowned barbeque restaurants in the world; their sauce is considered one of the best anywhere. Arthur Bryant's products are distributed world-wide.
  • Danny Edwards Blvd BBQ has a massive following, even though it is only open for lunch. His brisket sandwiches are renowned for their size and flavor. Besides meat, they even serve barbecued fish.

Lest you think the big city is the only place for world-class smoked meats, we offer just a few “out-state” examples of outstanding, good ‘ol Missouri barbecue.

In southeast Missouri, Dexter Bar-B-Que, in, as you might guess, the town of Dexter, has been mastering the art of barbecuing for nearly 40 years. Their briskets are smoked for up to 15 hours, in pits using fireplace-size logs to create that distinctive genuine flavor, aroma, color and texture. (Five other locations in southeast Missouri.)

Burl Lutz, owner of Lutz’s Famous BBQ in Jefferson City and Columbia, is one of the most successful purveyors of barbecue in Missouri, with a trophy case to prove it. We stopped in at the Columbia location to interview his brother and recorded this blog post detailing the operation: Lutz video.

Branson is home to several top quality BBQ establishments, not the least of which is Danna's Bar-B-Que and Burger Shop, where you can enjoy traditional slow-smoked pork, beef, chicken, ribs and sausage, as well as award winning (deep-fried) catfish, BBQ nachos and a one pound BBQ-stuffed potato for a chance to try something new.

In Excelsior Springs, pull-up a table in a former train depot and dine on scrumptious ribs and chicken (and other delights) at Wabash BBQ. Their second location, in Chillicothe, also occupies an old Wabash train depot.

Arrive by car or boat and it beside the Lake of the Ozarks in Sunrise Beach for a spectacular view and a yummy meal at Ozark Bar-B-Que – they have something for everyone ... especially barbecue. If you get slathered with sauce while you're there, don’t worry – they have plenty of napkins.

If you are near Moberly, make a stop at Black Market Barbeque. To go with their ribs, chicken and pork, they have a variety of signature BBQ sauces, from sweet to fiery, to suit everyone in the family. We're told the Mac & Cheese is outstanding. They cater and deliver.

But really, which is it – barbecuing, smoking or grilling? For the answer to that question, and some information about Missouri’s many barbecue contests, read the VisitMO article Barbecue Contests–Yummo. The main thing is, roll up your sleeves and dig into some 100 percent, down home Missouri barbecue, BBQ, Bar-B-Que ... aw, whatever you call it, you won’t be sorry. Eat-up!

Please visit our VisitMO Facebook page and tell us where your favorite Missouri Que is served.


 Pappy's Smokehouse
Pappy's Smokehouse specializes in ribs, dry-rubbed and slow-smoked over apple and cherry wood. All meats ...

 Bogart's Smokehouse – St. louis
Born out of the love for BBQ and the desire to raise it to a higher level, Bogart's wants you to experience ...

 Roper's Ribs
Since 1976, Roper's has been serving slow-smoked ribs, pulled pork and beef brisket nationally recognized ...

 Sugarfire Smoke House
Meant to be a different BBQ experience than all the others. From the use of local ingredients, to the ...

 Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue - County Club Plaza
The ambiance of the Country Club Plaza sets this location apart, partnering our barbecue with shopping ...

 Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
Our award-winning barbecue and the historic Freight House make a gorgeous combonation. The 25-foot ceilings, ...

 Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City
Martin City is where the Jack Stack experience was born. With its welcoming and cozy atmosphere, the ...

 Gates Bar-B-Q — Downtown Location
A Kansas City barbecue tradition since 1946. Gates Bar-B-Q will satisfy your craving for a truly unique ...

 Gates Bar-B-Q — East Location
A Kansas City barbecue tradition since 1946. Gates Bar-B-Q will satisfy your craving for a truly unique ...

 Gates Bar-B-Q — Midtown Location
A Kansas City barbecue tradition since 1946. Gates Bar-B-Q will satisfy your craving for a truly unique ...

 Gates Bar-B-Q — Southeast Location
A Kansas City barbecue tradition since 1946. Gates Bar-B-Q will satisfy your craving for a truly unique ...

 Arthur Bryant's Barbecue Restaurants
Arthur Bryant is one of the most renowned barbeque restaurants in the world; their sauce is considered ...

 Danny Edwards Blvd. BBQ
This BBQ joint has a massive following; it's no secret why. Brisket sandwiches are renowned for their ...

 Dexter Bar-B-Que
Dry-rub style barbecue, specializing in ribs. Other items include pork steaks, pulled pork sandwiches, ...

 Lutz's Famous BBQ – Columbia
Burl Lutz has won multiple awards in barbecue contests across the nation for his smoked meats and dry-rub. ...

 Lutz's Famous BBQ – Jefferson City
Burl Lutz has won multiple awards in barbecue contests across the nation for his smoked meats and dry-rub. All ...

 Danna's Bar-B-Que and Burger Shop
Danna's is known for its selection of fresh, never frozen, hamburgers, along with hickory-smoked pork, ...

 Wabash BBQ — Excelsior Springs
Housed in a former train depot. We specialize in smoked meats and award-winning barbecued ribs and chicken. ...

 Wabash BBQ — Chillicothe Branch
Delicious barbecue with a unique experience. The restaurant is housed in a former train depot. The menu ...

 Ozark Bar-B-Que
We serve chicken, pork, burgers, ribs, onion rings and other dishes. Sit lakeside and enjoy a spectacular ...