Trip Ideas: I-70 Tour de BBQ
Kansas City is known for its famous BBQ joints; St. Louis for its style of ribs. Either way, we think Missouri has the best BBQ in the country.

Interstate 70 cuts the state in half, linking the two great BBQ capitals. Keep in mind ... this doesn’t even scratch the surface of the awesome BBQ restaurants in Missouri. Here is a look at a few options to really get a taste of what Missouri BBQ is all about.

Day One
It’s no secret that Kansas City has some great BBQ restaurants. Located in the Freight House, this joint serves award-winning BBQ. The 25-foot ceilings, fireplace lounge, full-service bar and private, outdoor and banquet dining areas are a handsome backdrop for the flavorful menu at one of Kansas City’s best barbecue restaurants. Get ready for quality hickory-smoked meats, fresh seafood and sides. Other locations on the Country Club Plaza and in the Martin City area.
101 W. 22nd St., Kansas City MO 64108, 816-472-7427
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
A Kansas City barbecue tradition since 1946, Gates Bar-B-Q satisfies your craving for a truly unique barbecue experience at one of Kansas City’s most distinct BBQ restaurants. A major reason for the success of Gates Bar-B-Q is their sauce. At Gates, some of the best BBQ you will ever have is served cafeteria style. (Four KC locations.)
3205 Main St., Kansas City MO 64111, 816-753-0828
Hours: Mon.-Thu. and Sun., 10 a.m.-midnight; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
Arthur Bryant’s is one of the most renowned BBQ restaurants in the world; their sauce is considered one of the best in existence. The combination of award-winning meat and sauce make this one of the best barbecue restaurants out there. Arthur Bryant's method of slowly smoking ribs, beef, ham, pork, chicken and sausage over a combination of hickory and oak creates a mellow flavor. It is some of the best BBQ you will ever have.
1727 Brooklyn Ave., Kansas City MO 64127, 816-231-1123
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Day Two
Beef, chicken, pork and turkey are prepared in-house with a special dry-rub, and then smoked for hours to reach tender perfection. One of Missouri’s best barbecue restaurants is located in Columbia.
4603 John Garry Drive, Columbia MO 65203, 573-256-6450
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Burl Lutz has won multiple best-BBQ awards across the nation for his smoked meats and dry-rub. All meat is smoked on-site and pulled or sliced to order. Don't overlook something that isn’t available at most BBQ restaurants; house-made, spiral potato chips with your choice of a dozen seasonings. (Second location in Jefferson City.)
200 E. Nifong Blvd., Columbia MO 65203, 573-443-4227
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Day Three
Located in downtown St. Louis, Sugarfire is meant to be an experience unlike other BBQ restaurants. From the use of local ingredients to the awesome culinary exploits of the world-trained chefs and pit masters, the BBQ they make is unconventional and some of the best BBQ you will ever have. Each day, they're smoking the standards and trying new things. How about a Big Muddy and some Balsamic Smoked Onions? Desert isn’t usually a staple at BBQ restaurants, but if you have room, try the Crack Pie.
9200 Olive Blvd., St. Louis MO 63132, 314-997-2301
Hours: Open at 11 a.m. and close when they sell out.
Long considered one of the best barbecue restaurants in St. Louis (we say the Midwest and even the world), Pappy's specializes in ribs, dry-rubbed and slow-smoked over apple and cherry wood. All meats are available by the pound, so you can chow-down at home. Expect a line, but the best BBQ is well worth it.
3106 Olive St., St. Louis MO 63103, 314-535-4340
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Born out of the love for BBQ and the desire to raise it to a higher level, Bogart's wants you to experience their version of some of America's favorite foods.

From the succulent pulled pork to smoky beef brisket, apricot glazed ribs to slow roasted turkey, smoked prime rib to melt in your mouth pastrami, the crew at Bogart’s serves you the freshest, most flavorful Que around. Don't overlook the Pit Baked Beans and the Deviled Egg Potato Salad.

Off-site catering is a speciality.

1627 S. 9th Street, St. Louis MO 63104, 314-621-3107
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ~ Fri.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.