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

Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House

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.

Gates Bar-B-Q — Midtown Location

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.)

Arthur Bryant's Barbecue Restaurants

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.

Day Two

Smokin' Chick's BBQ

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.

Lutz's Famous BBQ – Columbia

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.)

Day Three

Sugarfire Smoke House

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.

Pappy's Smokehouse

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.

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 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.

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