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Post Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:10 am
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I visited St. Louis for a quick trip this past weekend. On the way there I asked some friends which BBQ spots I should check out, and by the time we got to the big city I knew I had to visit Smoki O's and Pappy's. Smoki O's was awesome. As is usually the case with small family-owned BBQ shacks, these folks couldn't have been any friendlier. If I lived closer, I'd be a regular for sure.

I knew I was in the right place when I spied copies of my two favorite grilling/BBQ books next to their Southern Pride manual behind the counter -- "How to Grill" and "BBQ USA!" I don't recall ever seeing a cookbook at a restaurant before, but I like it! Steven, if you've never been there, I don't think you'd regret paying them a visit the next time you're in the neighborhood and I'm sure they'd be glad to see you.

On the other side of town the next day, I didn't have much luck at Pappy's. We were in a hurry to hit the road and there was a line all the way down the block. I'll plan better next time, because I don't know if I've ever walked by a restaurant that smelled so good...

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Smoki O's.
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This newspaper is 12 years old, but it could have been written yesterday. Seems to still describe the place to a T.
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Meet Richmond. He's a cool dude, and if you don't order Snoots he's gonna give you a sample of Snoots anyway. It's hard to see in this pic, but over his shoulder there is a copy of "How to Grill" and "BBQ USA" next to their Southern Pride manual. Cool!
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Post Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:19 am
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Smoki O's is known for their Rib Tips and Snoots, but I couldn't pass up the Rib Dinner. This was no joke of a meal -- six big spare ribs and two sides. Check the smoke ring -- I ordered sauce on the side, but never touched it. The greens were perfect and the potato salad was way sweeter than anything I've had in Kentucky.
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Snoot Chips and BBQ Sauce went back to the hotel room. The snoot chips are much like pork rinds, and the sauce is sweet with a not-so-subtle touch of cinnamon or nutmeg. I'm not sure if that's a Smoki O's thing or a St. Louis thing because I didn't get to sample any other St. Louis BBQ.
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Pappy's. Sunday at 1:00 PM. They opened at 11:00 AM. This street has been completely closed down since 7:00 AM for the marathon, and yet there is still a line stretching down past the corner. We parked two blocks away and hoped the road closure would be deterring other customers on this afternoon, but we were way wrong! A place this popular can't be bad, and I look forward to returning...
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Post Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:09 pm
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I've seen long lines at Pappy's before but nothing like that. I've been out the door but it moves fairly quick. Think the longest I've ever waited was about 1/2 hour.
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Post Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:18 pm
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Cactus1 wrote:
I've seen long lines at Pappy's before but nothing like that. I've been out the door but it moves fairly quick. Think the longest I've ever waited was about 1/2 hour.

Good stuff? My brother had just finished running the marathon and he was waiting for me in the car, so I couldn't really hang around for an hour. But, man it smelled good.

Do you have any other St. Louis BBQ recommendations? I hope to go back in a few months with the family for a few days, and it couldn't hurt to plan that trip a little better.
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Post Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:58 pm
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Location: Indian Head Park, IL.
I'm long overdue for a trip to St. Louis. It's been almost 2 years.
I haven't been but I've heard Bogart's is supposed to be really good. There's a 17th St in O'Fallon, IL that I like. It's not a regular menu item but they have really good fresh made pork rinds as an appetizer from time to time.
Of all the times I've been in the St. Louis area I've never had a snoot. Going to have to try one, one of these days.
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Post Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:11 am
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I've stayed in St. Louis several times (just this past Monday, in fact) but have never eaten barbecue there. It's almost always just an overnight stop and more often than not it's a chance for a White Castle fix! :lol:

Post Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:24 pm
Cactus1 well done
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Location: Indian Head Park, IL.
I usually do a pork steak @ 17th St, I've been to the one in O'Fallon and also in Marion. Brisket or burnt ends and the turkey at Pappy's. Wife usually has the chicken and/or ribs at either place.
Wouldn't think of White Castle but we have a lot of them down here and yeah, I know, just have to have one or three or four every now and then.
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Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:47 pm

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Location: St. Louis, Missouri

There's not much better than Pappy's around here but if you get the chance... head out to Ofallon, Mo and hit up Sugarfire Smoke House.
It's another one of those with a long line but that line is there for a reason! The Big Muddy and their pulled pork sandwich are two of my favorites.
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Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:54 pm
Cactus1 well done
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Location: Indian Head Park, IL.
carzycardinal24 - Been a few years since I've been down that way and I am long overdue. Will have to remember Sugarfire Smoke House the next time I'm down that way. Usually so many good places we want to go to and so little time.
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18 1/2 & 22 1/2" WSM
22 1/2" OTS
26 3/4" OTG


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