Everyone always mentions the big four BBQ regions (Texas, Memphis, North Carolina, and Kansas City), however they seem to forget home much amazing BBQ there is in Illinois and the greater St. Louis area. Thanks to Joe Hollerman and Evan S. Benn from the St. Louis Post Dispatch for their piece on St. Louis’ best barbecue ribs. It was a little while back (way back in 2009), but still holds true (note some of my photos are of BBQ that is ‘other than ribs’, but I feel it shows the spirit of each joints BBQ in general).
From the piece, “We looked at ribs — just ribs. Never mind the great slaw, tasty baked beans, savory fries and deep-fried corn. This was a bone hunt, and our six picks were judged solely on their ribs.” Here is their “Hog Half-Dozen”:
17th Street Bar & Grill – O’Fallen, IL
Photo of 17th Street Bar & Grill
Their runner-up: Lil’ Mickey’s Memphis Barbeque – St. Peters, MO
Photo of Lil’ Mickey’s Memphis Barbeque courtesy of Pamela B. – Yelp
Their favorite: Pappy’s Smokehouse – St. Louis, MO
Photo of Pappy’s Smokehouse courtesy of Cendella
You definitely have to check out the article as they have nice detailed comments on why they chose each specific joint. Have you been to any of these? What is your favorite BBQ joint in Illinois or the St. Louis area?