On The Road: Pappy’s Smokehouse, St. Louis

My husband and I love barbecue. I’m a little more picky about it than he is but we both enjoy the smokey goodness.

So it should be no surprise that during our trip out to Colorado that we specifically sought out barbecue joints along the way.

We hit St. Louis, Missouri sometime in the early afternoon and we were starving.  A little research before hand led us to Pappy’s Smokehouse, which states that they do a Memphis style BBQ.

It’s a small joint down in the St. Louis University area and there is a parking lot beside it to park in.

As with all good BBQ places, there will be a line.  That’s how you know you’re in the right spot.  So expect to stand in line and wait.

We waited for probably an hour and a half in line before placing our order.

Staff pass out menus while you wait so that you’ll know exactly what you want by the time you place your order.

You place your order at the cash register, pay, and grab a drink along with a table.  You cannot get a table until you place your order.

Waitresses will yell for you when your order is ready and they’ll bring it to your table as you flag them down.

We loaded up!

  • Green Beans
  • Baked Beans
  • A full rack of ribs
  • Smoked turkey

The green beans and baked beans were both excellent!  The green beans weren’t cooked to death and seasoned just right.  The baked beans had a little bbq sauce added to the mix and were the perfect balance of sweet and tangy.

The smoked turkey was alright but the star of the show was the ribs.  HEAVEN.

They were thick with plenty of meat on them and no fat.  The fat had rendered off during the smoking process and you were left eating tender juicy pork.  There were rubbed down with a seasoned rub and bbq sauce was provided at the table for you to use.

There were three sauces to pick from:

  • Pappy’s Original
  • Sweet Baby Jane
  • Holly’s Hot Sauce

Sweet Baby Jane was my favorite.

We also had:

  • Cole slaw
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Smoked Sausage
  • Pulled Pork

The cole slaw was right up my alley!  It was a mustard and vinegar based slaw, no mayo here!  With just a hint of some onion added in as well.  I pretty much inhaled the slaw, I loved it so much.

The sweet potato fries were thin cut and crispy which is hard to achieve with the sweet potato.

The smoked sausage was alright but it had a very prominent smoke ring to it which means it was done right.

The pulled pork was delicious and I topped mine half with some Sweet Baby Jane.

Naturally Scott and I couldn’t eat all of this and Pappy’s was prepared. They know that you’re going to order more than you can eat.  There are take-out boxes available and they’ll also give you some to-go cups of your favorite sauce.

If you’re in the St. Louis area, definitely check out Pappy’s Smokehouse and get yourself some barbecue!

2 thoughts on “On The Road: Pappy’s Smokehouse, St. Louis

  1. Oh, that’s so great! We went there the last time we visited my sis in STL. The deep fried corn is also outstanding–albeit really bad for you. So glad you got to try Pappy’s!

    • Scott, I saw the corn on the menu but opted for the fries instead. Good to hear that it is very tasty though! If we ever get back that way, we might give it a shot.

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